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'Still' - an interactive memorial

Still explores the duality of war: the destruction of lives and the construction of a collective future. Presented simultaneously in Auckland, Christchurch and Poitiers, France, in September 2015.

Still (2015) is an interactive memorial that invites audiences to explore the duality of war: the destruction of lives and the construction of a collective future. The exhibition was created by Johann Nortje and Tane Upjohn-Beatson in collaboration with Joe Dixon. Presented at simultaneously in Poitiers (FR), Auckland and Christchurch, Still offers an opportunity to connect with people from countries involved in the First World War, 100 years ago.
Participants stand still in front of the main screen; their face is captured in real time and added into the collage of faces from around the globe on the screen. This artwork draws both from a pool of faces that continually grows as more people interact with the work, and in additional there is an existing pool of archive images featuring people photographed at the time of the First World War. Alongside the visual memorial there is a First World War inspired soundtrack. However, both the artwork’s visual and audio elements can change dramatically in response to a person’s movement and be replaced by a collection of dark geometrical shapes and a more aggressive soundtrack.
Designer Johann Nortje explains that the interactive and evolving nature of this digital artwork means it can deliver unique experiences and provoke different reactions in its audience. “Still generates an immersive experience that can be silent and intimate, or dark, violent and anonymous. These two contrasting experiences are designed to reflect the dual nature of war.”
Digital Art Live Programme Developer, Nolwenn Lacire says the artwork will constantly evolve as more people from multiple locations and cultures interact with the work, shrinking down the distances that exist between them and therefore creating a family tree of connections. “Audience participation is necessary to complete the artwork,” says Lacire. “We invite audiences to come down and get involved, and to be part of this unique project.”
The exhibition is made possible through the support of Creative New Zealand.
For further information please contact:
Auckland: Digital Art Live Programme Developer – Nolwenn Lacire [email protected]  | 09 307 5446
Christchurch: Christchurch Arts Festival Marketing and Communications Manager – Sally Woodfield [email protected] | 021 868 020

Exhibition dates

  • Auckland / Digital Art Live / 3 to 26 September / Level 2, Aotea Centre
  • Christchurch / Christchurch Arts Festival / 3 to 13 September / Canterbury Museum
  • Poitiers (FR) / Lieu Multiple / 3 to 26 September / Salle Galilee
This activity is being worked on from
26 September 2015
Date added: 17 June 2015 | Last updated: 22 October 2015