Postcard to Dr Jacoby


In the quiet dark a twisted tree stands. From within the painting firefly like lights appear and float and shift about the form. Noise from a viewer will startle and agitate the lights making their movements frenetic for a few moments before, reassured, they resume their secret work. If a viewer gets too close to the painting the lights will vanish entirely and only return cautiously once the danger has passed.



Sublimation print, digital screen, sensors, software

1000 x 2200mm


collaboration with Aaron Beehre


Waters Above
Waters Below


Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu


In “Waters above Waters Below”  the Beehres built a huge digital camera obscura for the new temporary Art Gallery site at NG gallery Christchurch. Surveillance cameras focused on the nearby Red Zone where, following a series of violent earthquakes, the heart of the city was being deconstructed. The view was flipped, inverted, fish eyed and projected to fill the entire end wall of the gallery. The scene became strangely meditative, removed from the realities of demolition outside.



digital projection, camera

3000 x 9000mm


collaboration with Aaron Beehre

Avon Lights


Scape Biennial

The Avon River meanders through the centre of the city, winding through gardens and past galleries before entering Christchurch’s outer suburbs on its way to the sea. The Avon Lights project was positioned under three of the footbridges crossing the river in different areas of the city. The lights were a fully submerged network, programmed to respond to noise on the bridge. Loud noises sent them darting away to extinguish, before cautiously returning to play en masse in the water below.



LEDs, software, sensors


collaboration with Aaron Beehre

Dog Day Afternoon


Camp A Low Hum


Created for independent music festival Camp A Low Hum, Dog Day Afternoon was designed and made on site. A bright green algae filled duck pond on the former Health Camp site provided the backdrop. Photographed and moved indoors to an old squash court, the work was projected on the back wall, filling the space. In the night sky drifting sheets of lime green Aurora appeared and rippled when triggered by a viewers approach in the room. Erie green light filled the dark space and spilled into the hallway, paranormal plasma, generating a new haunting at the derelict site.



digital projection, software, sensors


collaboration with Aaron Beehre

The Winter Rose


Christchurch Arts Festival


For the 2007 Festival of Arts the Beehres worked with the façade of the Christchurch Cathedral and the activity in the city’s most traversed outdoor space, the city square. Setting up motion sensors around the square the artists recorded the activity associated with foot traffic in front of the cathedral and converted this information into data. The data was converted into a visual form by computer, a swirling tangle of loops and fireflies, which was projected in the place of the cathedral’s famous Rose Window, which was in the process of being restored.



digital projection, screen, software, sensors


collaboration with Aaron Beehre