Len Lye is one of New Zealand’s most celebrated visual artists. The New Zealand Film Archive and the Len Lye Foundation are hosting an outdoor screening featuring a selection of Lye’s moving image works as part of Auckland Festival, AK07.
Lye’s artistic practice ranged from dynamic kinetic sculpture, drawing, and painting work, but his reputation arguably rests most strongly in his innovative development of the direct filmmaking technique.
Scratching and painting images directly onto celluloid film, Lye’s moving image works exude an energy matched only by the vitality of the music he matched his images to.
This outdoor screening features a wide array of Lye’s film works including: A Colour Box (1935), which at the time was thought to be the world’s first ever direct film, and won the Special Prize at the Brussels International Film Festival in 1935; and Free Radicals (1958), the breathtaking work praised by the great Stan Brakhage as ‘an almost unbelievable, immense masterpiece’.
These are just two of the dynamic selections of Lye’s films to be shown in this special 50-minute one night screening. Set in the beautiful surrounds of Tahaki Reserve at the bottom of Mount Eden, this event promises to bring alive the moving image art of Len Lye in a magical and memorable evening.
Venue: Tahaki Reserve, Mount Eden
Dates: Sunday 18 March at 8pm (Rain day Monday 19 March)
Contact: Amy Saunders
Phone: 64 9 368 4144
Mobile: 021 899 569