Saturday, December 15, 2007

More Musicals

Back in late November Jacob and I had the unexpected treat of going to see Goldenhorse's album release gig at the 'Hallertau'. If you're interested you can read his review here.

Also Darren has written a lovely (if slightly gushy) review of Once which was high on my list of the best films I have seen this year. Despite being termed 'the new musical' once is anything but the atrocities that such a comment brings to mind and is well worth a watch. You can read Darren's review here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Hey Kids,

A bit of frivolity for you. Here is the Grand National Winner of this years 48 hour film festival. A musical called Lease. It contains my all time favourite line in a musical:

"I wish the lawn was emo too, then the grass would cut itself"

This post is dedicated to Rhett Snell.


Saturday, December 01, 2007

December 1st

Here is your last chance to view the mo up close and personal - until movember rolls around again...

'Too Much Mo for One Man'

'Uncle Bully Mo'

'Close-up Mo' - the final edition

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Movember 24th

Every morning it's like waking up and finding yourself stuck inside a nightmare that you just can't wake from...

Outpatient Mo

Close-up Mo

December just can't come fast enough!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Movember Day 13


Mo [pukana]

Mo [closeup]


Friday, November 02, 2007

Movember Day 2

Kia ora koutou,

It is that wonderful time of year again...Movember.

We forgot to do a before shot, but here is Day 2.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Red Moon Rising

The view from our kitchen window this evening:

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

snake catching and the ordinary aucklander: a history

Our voting papers for the Local Government elections arrived on the weekend, along with the usual array of electoral campaign rants which promise much and say very little.

But I was most bemused by this comment from Elliot Blade, a candidate standing for Auckland City Councillor: "A wide range of jobs, including dairy farming, snake catching and waterfront work, has grounded me in the realities of ordinary people's lives."


Ahh well, I guess it could be a handy skill if John Banks gets back in...

Monday, May 28, 2007

Stations of the Cross Gallery

Kia ora tatou,

if you are interested in seeing an online gallery of the cessioncommunity stations of the cross then please click here and you will be transported...

P.S. it is best viewed as a slide show

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Stations of the Cross

Over the easter weekend cessioncommunity put together an interactive art and media installation exploring the 'Stations of the Cross'. We are hoping to get an online gallery up which will take you through all the stations that we put together but in the mean time here are some pics of the three works I was directly involved with.
'a new commandment'
‘Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him...after he had washed their feet...he said to them: “Do you know what I have done to you?...I have set you an example that you also should do as I have done to you.’

John 13:5; 12-15 (selected)

Artist: Melissa Powell + the cessioncommunity
Media: Black and White Photography

The title for this work is taken from John 13:34, ‘A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you.’ This scripture sums up the teaching which Jesus used to explain the meaning of the foot washing to his disciples.
The story is now so familiar that it is easy to forget the revolutionary significance of Jesus act. But as M. Scott Peck relates in his book ‘A Different Drum’: “Until that moment the whole point of things had been for someone to get on top, and once he had gotten on top to stay on top or else attempt to get farther up. But here this man already on top – who was rabbi, teacher, master – suddenly got down on the bottom and began to wash the feet of his followers. In that one act Jesus symbolically overturned the whole social order.”


‘Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. The put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”. They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.’

Matthew 27:27-31

Artist: Brett Jones + Melissa Powell
Media: Mixed Media Sculpture

There is more to this sculpture than what you see here - but this is the bit I was involved in, the dressing of the mannequin. Brett will be posting some photos shortly of the work in it's entirety.

(let us receive what we are. let us become what we receive. The Body of Christ.)
‘...He is not here; for he has been raised from the dead...’

Matthew 28:7b

Artist: Melissa Powell
Media: Photo Triptych and Acrylic on Canvas

There is something beautiful to me about the act of sharing in communion. Through this simple meal we remember not just the suffering and death of Christ, but the new shape that our lives take on when we allow our lives to be moulded by Christ’s example.

I will post a link as soon as we get a full gallery posted.


Monday, April 09, 2007

Interview with Sandor Lau

Jacob's most recent work for Lumiere reader has just been posted. It is an interview with Sandor Lau - NZ's only Chinese/Hungarian/American Filmaker. It's long but it is well worth reading - Sandor has a really interesting take on film and documentary making. Here's a wee teaser for you:

'...there are a million truths out there, and in my films I like to try to tell the ones that have been censored out. So for me film is entertainment and art and technology and recreation and suffering and enlightenment.' [Read More]

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

mental competency

The last week seems to have been a little trying for my poor brain. I'm not sure exactly when it started, maybe it was forgetting communion on Sunday - and not remembering till this afternoon.

Or maybe it was when I emailed Julia and got completely confused about what month it was.

Or maybe it was when I tried to ammend this error by emailing her again - only to realise I'd emailed myself.

The real clincher though, that I had completely lost my mind, came today:

When making coffee this morning I turned on the wrong element.
Having ammended this I proceeded to make the coffee.

I put milk in Jacob's coffee.

Then at morning tea, while trying to procure additional caffeine to try and fend off my clearly deficient mental state, I entered the wrong pin on the eftpos transaction.

Later back at work, I called ACC to try and organise a return for some faulty product we had recieved from Warehouse Stationary.

Seriously, I managed all of these things in one day.

I have to say though, one of these sins is not like the others. And it had a much higher price tag. Can you guess which one?


Friday, January 12, 2007

must love dogs

Scott swears that Zach was just biting his knee, its just the angle that is be the judge

Monday, January 01, 2007

"Happy 8:54!"

I am officially old.

I was too much of a nana to stay up till midnight, Melva needed to make the most of Selah's sleep cycle to get some sleep of her own, and Darren was crossing datelines. The result: we all missed out on counting down to the advent of a new year.

So, we created our own special celebration...'Happy 8:54!'

countdown antics and celebratory bubbles:

8:54pm Fireworks: