That Which Is to Come Is Just a Promise
That Which Is to Come Is Just a Promise
Lettere de Venezia
Lettere de Venezia
Album
Album

Art Shorts 

Curated

From the sinking city of Venice to the disappearing islands of the Pacific and voyages in between, these four works from New Zealand and European artists share themes of loss and memory, letting the past inform the future.

Jul 29
Ended
Aug 07
Ended
72 minutes
E
Documentary film exempt from NZ Classification labelling requirements

This collection of films is screening at City Gallery Wellington, on Saturday 25 July at 11.30AM. See here for details.

These four works of art cinema explore the feeling of loss, looking back to the past with anxiety for the future. New Zealand artists Gavin Hipkins and Virginia King explore foreign but familiar spaces, creating new memories for a forgotten time. Dane Mitchell’s Venice Biennale 2019 installation explores vanished phenomena as the city slowly sinks, while Italian collective Flatform brings the effects of global warming in the Pacific to vivid life.

Album 2020

Director/Producer

15 minutes

A young man’s letter to his mother, sent home to New Zealand from England during the First World War. London’s Royal Parks provide a painterly setting for this meditation on Empire, travel and longing, that features Gavin Hipkins’ grandfather’s photography and writings from his enlisted travels.

Lettere de Venezia 2020

Director/Producer

7 minutes

Virginia King captures footage of her textual sculpture Floating Alphabet drifting through the Grand Canal in Venice during the Biennale 2019, combining it with imagery of both the faded opulence of the sinking city’s 15th-century buildings and the gorgeous illuminated manuscripts that her work echoes.

A List of Lost Poems 2020

Director

Producers

Adam Luxton, Lucy McMillan
28 minutes

New Zealand artist Dane Mitchell’s exhibition for the Venice Biennale 2019 Post hoc employed modern technologies to invoke the memory of the lost. Adam Luxton’s short doco explores Mitchell’s process from his Auckland studio, to a cell tower factory in Guangzhou and the final installation in Venice.

That Which Is to Come Is Just a Promise 2019

Director

Festivals

Cannes (Directors' Fortnight) 2019

Producers

Giulia Achilli, Marco Alessi, Marc Thelosen, Catherine Fitzgerald
22 minutes

A single shot takes us through Funafuti in Tuvalu as overheated sea water rises up through the drought-parched earth and floods the atoll. A portrait of a territory in flux, land that is becoming ocean and the concrete effects of global warming writ large.