After dark, the Wellington waterfront lights up with an array of moving-image artworks

Throughout history, public spaces have been the setting for both shared catharsis and collective imagination. Into the Open is a programme of moving-image artworks that will be projected along the waterfront throughout the Festival. Responding to the programmes curated by Lemi Ponifasio, Laurie Anderson and Bret McKenzie, this three-week series brings into the open artistic visions of what it means to be human, together.

Explore This Week

Explore the artworks along the waterfront with this map

Audio descriptions are available online and through the Blind + Low Vision NZ telephone information service each week by calling 04 389 3858 and keying in 662 to follow the prompts.

Audio description is an auditory narration of the visual elements of each artwork for people who are blind or have low vision. Audio descriptions for each week are embedded online here.

Large print versions of the audio descriptions can be made available by request. contact

Into the Open Schedule

Week One: Sat 22 Feb – Sun 1 Mar
Movement, rhythm and stillness govern the selection of artworks for the first week of the Festival. These artists understand gesture as a way of connecting with memory, artistic tradition and emotions that have travelled across generations.

Yuki Kihara (Sāmoa, Aotearoa/New Zealand)
Pilar Mata Dupont (Argentina, Australia, Netherlands)
Ahilapalapa Rands (Aotearoa/New Zealand)
Shahzia Sikander (United States, Pakistan)
Ana Iti (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) (Aotearoa/New Zealand)

Week Two: Mon 2 – Sun 8 Mar

The second week features expressions of sentience and empathy. These artists test our ability to connect across generations, species and with the non-human. Many also explore the potential for imaging technologies to capture and produce mauri.

Hye Rim Lee (South Korea, Aotearoa/New Zealand)
Nathan Pohio (Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu) (Aotearoa/New Zealand)
Aliyah Winter (Aotearoa/New Zealand)
Sasha Huber (Switzerland, Haiti, Finland)
Denise Batchelor (Aotearoa/New Zealand)

Week Three: Mon 9 – Sat 14 Mar

The final week brings together energetic artworks that share in a sense of whanaungatanga, artistic and otherwise. For these artists, art and humour can be found in everyday settings – and imagination and a lo-fi spirit are all you need to connect with the world at large.

Mike Heynes (Aotearoa/New Zealand)
Christopher Ulutupu (Aotearoa/New Zealand)
UuDam Tran Nguyen (Vietnam)
Elisabeth Pointon (Aotearoa/New Zealand)
Steve Carr (Aotearoa/New Zealand)

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