Graduate Project Exhibition Opening

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    Dawn McMath

    Every year Jasmax sets our new graduate intake an exhibition challenge, and last week was the official revealing! Located in the main entry of the Auckland Studio, “The Creeper” is an interactive exhibition that every week poses a new question to the practice.

    An annual tradition, the Graduate Project brings different disciplines, teams and studios together to get to know each other and more people from across the practice.

    This year, the brief encouraged the graduates to consider the power of space and its ability to enable chance meetings; encouraging creative collaborations as noted by the late Steve Jobs:

    “There’s a temptation in our networked age to think that ideas can be developed by email and iChat. That’s crazy. Creativity comes from spontaneous meetings, from random discussions. You run into someone, you ask what they’re doing, you say ‘wow,’ and soon you’re cooking up all sorts of ideas.”

    Principal Euan Mac Kellar, who has been involved in multiple Graduate Projects, offered valuable advice and guidance alongside Andy Smith (Head of People and Culture) and Graduate mentors Olivia Collinson and Robert Park, on the proposals put forward. The final result – an interactive piece where viewers are encouraged to leave their mark.

    The Creeper considers data visualisation in the form of large scale data mapping using wool! Over the course of a month viewers are asked to answer a different question each week by knitting the information onto the answers printed on the installation. As each person answers to the installation,social patterns, shared interests and common traits between us all start to emerge. If you’re popping in for a meeting, feel free to add your answers!

    Check out a video of the installation here.

    The Creeper will be on display in the Auckland Studio from 28 April to 26 May, during office hours (8.30 -17.00).

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