Somewhere, in the forest | I te wa, i te ngahere

7 minute, 22 second video by Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2020
music: by Craig Denham - Excerpt from an improvisation on 15th April 2020, during lockdown in Aotearoa / New Zealand
Location: Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens, Aotearoa, New Zealand

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The text in Māori refers to imported/immigrant trees (the pine)
and to native trees (trees indigenous to Aotearoa / New Zealand)

A play on definitions and origins with music by Craig Denham.

Where is somewhere? What doesn't belong?
What makes us stop, to look and think or feel, somewhere?

He ngahere kei roto i te kakano A forest lies within a seed

The title: "It is not a tale invented ..."
(two chairs, a table, and a bench)

is of a suite of sculpture by Sonja van Kerkhoff and Sen McGlinn at Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens
1 Dec 2019 - 4 November 2020, that features in this video.

"It is not a tale invented" comes from the Quran (Yusuf, 111) and refers to the reuse and repurposing of culture. Here there is a repurposing of context with a passing nod to the recycling, a play on dressed and natural woods, and the ways these are combined to create absurdist furniture.

This is a suite of 'add-ons' - upcycled broken furniture scattered in a pine forest of a sculpture park in New Zealand where branches and tree trunks were 'added' as a form of reverse engineering of the cultivated. The title refers to a citation in the Quran on the theme of things being re-made from the same as opposed to the modernist idea of the new. Each element in this suite also raises the Platonic question of what is it that defines a chair, a bench or a table. > More about this suite of sculpture

View the video on youtube here.

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