Coastline Paradox is a multimedia installation of video and sculptural works that brings into conversation geological and cultural perceptions of changing landscapes. The exhibition was held at the end of the 2016 Wellington Asia Residency Exchange (WARE) programme. It is a subjective 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” from the perspective of “visitor” and layered with personal connections and historical narrative.
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 This mathematical conundrum is addressed in the structural framing of the work that is bleeds into the personal and historical references.
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