Listening Stones Jumping Rocks
The Machine Stops:
 The Allegorical Architectural Project
20 November 2021 – 27 March 2022
Summer closedown 18 December 2021 – 10 January 2022


Ngahuia Harrison, Pakora (to be low(of tide)), 2012, digital print, Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection, purchased 2018

Listening Stones Jumping Rocks
Curated by Susan Ballard and Sophie Thorn

With works by Len Lye, Peter Peryer, Phil Dadson, Shona Rapira-Davies, Paul Johns, Anne Noble, Rachel Shearer, Janine Randerson, Dane Mitchell, Sriwhana Spong, Raewyn Martyn, Alice Bonifant, Ngahuia Harrison and Sorawit Songsataya

Recent years have witnessed new responses from artists and curators to the uneven experience of living in the Anthropocene. Natural histories and human histories are converging, and art is once again poised to take a central role.  Listening Stones Jumping Rocks draws on the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection alongside significant loans that together offer a re-examination of the boundaries between human and nonhuman, life and living, speculation and imagination in the third millennium. From Len Lye’s chance clap that echoes across millennia to Sorawit Songsataya’s feathered gathering of grief, Listening Stones Jumping Rocks is an exhibition that extends narratives of mourning, hope, and cosmology to the scale of the universe.


William Du Toit, The Machine Stops, 2021, digital collage, pen and ink on paper

The Machine Stops: The Allegorical Architectural Project
An exhibition of drawings by architecture students curated by Daniel K. Brown

With works by Connor Aislabie, Hamish Beattie-Craven, Alice Charles, Adam Clark,  William du Toit, Travis Hinchliff, Thomas Jackson, Jonathan Morrish, May Myo Min, Rory Patterson, Michael Weir, Ryan Western, and Nicholas Wilkey

The Machine Stops features a selection of drawings and models by thirteen postgraduate students from the Wellington School of Architecture Te Kura Waihanga at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. These are the result of an architectural project initiated by Daniel K. Brown, Professor of Design Studio. He set his students the challenge of developing architectural representations that are generated by bringing narratives from oral, visual and literary traditions together with actual and imagined sites to produce what he calls an ‘allegorical architecture’. These speculative projects are a form of temporal and spatial conceptualising. They address issues of cultural loss and environmental degradation at the same time proposing means of rejuvenation and remembrance. Demonstrating great inventiveness and remarkable technical skill, The Machine Stops proves the power and utility of visual story-telling as we grapple with the detrimental effects of environmental devastation and envisage new ways of living in this place.


Please contact Gallery Administrator Ann Gale for further information ann.gale@vuw.ac.nz or 04 463 5229.