Vogel Street Party spreads its wings

Ashleigh Jackson (left) and Damien van Brandenburg (centre), creative directors of Architecture van Brandenburg's upcoming Vogel Street Party exhibition, with Dunedin City Council urban design team leader Glen Hazelton. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Ashleigh Jackson (left) and Damien van Brandenburg (centre), creative directors of Architecture van Brandenburg's upcoming Vogel Street Party exhibition, with Dunedin City Council urban design team leader Glen Hazelton. Photo by Gregor Richardson.

The Vogel Street Party is set to grow from a fledgling gathering of like-minded souls to an international flavoured festival.

Attractions at the October 10 event include:

• Light shows being projected through the Warehouse Precinct, including on to the back of the former His Majesty's Theatre building.

• Literature, poetry, fashion and design being showcased, presented and projected.

• Historic buildings opening for exploration.

• Workshops aimed at children and teenagers.

• Exhibitions, neon sculptures, and interactive art.

• Kids' story time, ''crafternoon tea'', face painters, fire shows, live theatre, roller derby, and technology showcases.

The street party would highlight the innovative, successful and beautiful city Dunedin was becoming, Dunedin City Council urban design team leader Glen Hazelton said.

The city had developed a confidence in recent years, and married to an uplift in the ICT and creative sectors _ largely based in the re emerging Exchange and Warehouse precincts _ the street party was a chance to celebrate that.

An art, architecture and audio visual exhibition being developed by Architecture van Brandenburg and Otago Polytechnic was expected to capture that spirit, he said.

Architecture van Brandenburg had received international recognition for its design of the Marisfrolg Headquarters in Shenzhen, China.

The 120,000sqm complex - its exterior was now 70% complete - would feature a hotel, restaurants, shops and design studios under an unconventional structure of enormous curves, leaves, and arches.

The Vogel Street Party exhibition would include five 2.5m high 3 D printed models of that complex, the exhibit's creative directors Ashleigh Jackson and Damien van Brandenburg said.

At a 1:25 scale, the models would include cross sections big enough to walk through, in and under, and detailed enough to be able to walk past and ''peer inside the hotel, see into the rooms'', Ms Jackson said.

Set in the cavernous raw brick interior of a vacant Vogel St building, the exhibit would be lit by a ''projection map'' display, being developed by Otago Polytechnic lecturers.

Projection mapping tailored light and video projection to specific shapes, turning them into custom made display surfaces.

The visual display, themed on photosynthesis, nature, and weather patterns, would also project on people walking through the exhibit, Ms Jackson said, for an immersive, interactive experience.

It would be married to an ''immersive sound scape'', including sounds recorded from the construction site in China.

Mr van Brandenburg said the Vogel Street Party was ''a great chance to be able to showcase what's happening in Dunedin'', and to road test what could become an international exhibition.

Dr Hazelton said the exhibition was a perfect fit for the Vogel Street Party.

''The [street party] is about showcasing creativity in our city. This whole area that we're working on down here is about combining the old and the new.''

Dr Hazelton said last year's party's popularity had surprised organisers and the catering provided couldn't cope.

This year was a different story, he said, with food and drink vendors ''lining up'' to be part of the party.

-craig.borley@odt.co.nz

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