This new performance sculpture was inspired by Australia's devastating 2019—2020 bush fire season.
AQI2020 is a new performance sculpture inspired by Australia's devastating 2019—2020 bush fire season. The installation from New Zealand artist Alicia Frankovich stems from media reportage, as well as first-hand experience inside her Canberra apartment — which was infiltrated by severe smoke.
AQI2020 takes the imagery and experience of the disaster and re-imagines it through the tools of choreographic movement, exploring the limits of documentation and information in exchange for live experience. Visitors will find a large clear-orange box in Auckland Art Gallery's North Atrium, inside of which can be observed a smokey scene with performers moving in choreographed gestures. The title references the 'Air Quality Index', an international system for monitoring pollutants in our atmosphere.
The durational performance will take place for two weeks between 21 October and 8 November with performances running daily between 11.30am– 3.30pm. A special evening performance will take place at the Gallery's Friday Lates on 6 November.
Image: Kirsty Blake.