Coastline Paradox is a multimedia installation exhibition of video and sculptures held at the end of the 2016 Wellington Asia Residency Exchange (WARE) programme. It is a study of beach ridges uplifted by successive earthquakes at Turakirae Head Scientific Reserve located on the south coast of Wellington, Aotearoa NZ. The site is “measured” in different ways, calling attention to a nonsensical position of empirical subjectivity.
The title Coastline Paradox refers to a term used to describe the contradiction between the conceptual and physical presence of the land/sea border, in that there can never be an exact mapping and measurement of coast. This mathematical conundrum is addressed in throughout the work, testing the strengths and weaknesses of scientific inquiry.
16mm transferred to HD video with audio, 1 min 22 secs (loop)
Untitled (Turakirae Head, Te Whanganui a Tara, Aotearoa NZ), 2016;
laser print, tracing paper, scrap polypropylene sheet, ink on postcard, pinewood, mat board, Wellington’s restless coast: changes in land and sea at Turakirae Head, Geological Society of New Zealand Guidebook, GR Stevens 1975