Gavin Hipkins


City of Tomorrow (excerpt), 2017. A film by Gavin Hipkins. Music: Torben Tilly. Duration: 10 min 58 sec. Formats: DCP, HD digital formats. Chandigarh's modern architecture is explored through Le Corbusier's early writings on repetition and order. The architect's zealous ideals taken from his 1929 The City of Tomorrow and Its Planning are revisited via the buildings and symbolism of the planned capital city.

New World (excerpt), 2016. A film by Gavin Hipkins. Sound: Ben Sinclair. Duration: 12 min 38 sec. Formats: DCP, HD digital formats. In this experimental Western the poetic meets prosaic via a Victorian travel report written for the purposes of emigration to Texas. An abstract frontier thesis where Western movie tropes and mythologised geographies are navigated through printed matter, race theories, and observations of pioneering life.

The Port (trailer), 2014. A film by Gavin Hipkins. Narrator: Mia Blake. Duration: Variable (looped in gallery 20:14, single channel 17: 24). Formats: HD digital formats. Hipkins combines quotes from H.G. Wells's science fiction novel The Time Machine (1895) with images from Indian astronomic temples and landscapes from New Zealand. The title The Port alludes to the film itself as a vehicle for visiting, and revisiting, familiar and unfamiliar places and astronomical times.

New Age (excerpt), 2016. A film by Gavin Hipkins. Duration: 10 min 02 sec. Formats: HD digital formats. Calling on passages from an English spiritualist manual from the 1870s, Hipkins explores the ritual landscape of Avebury’s stone circles. Imagining a solstice celebration with his friends, spiritualism and spirit photography are revisited in the twenty-first century.

Erewhon (trailer), 2014. A film by Gavin Hipkins. Narrator: Mia Blake. Music: Rachel Shearer. Sound: Ben Sinclair and Chris Todd. Duration: 92 minutes. Formats: DCP, HD digital formats. For his first feature-length film the widely exhibited New Zealand photographer Gavin Hipkins invests a richly pictorial essay with the 21st-century resonance of Samuel Butler's lively utopian satire Erewhon, written in 1872.