Introducing Hana Miller and Jacob Perkins

We would like to welcome our first artists in residence for 2016: audiovisual artists Hana Miller and Jacob Perkins of Ready Steady Studio (RDYSTDY). They are the founders of this creative studio based in Wellington which produces video art, live projection, video installation, and live performance based visual production.

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Hana & Jacob with their two daughters, Willa and Selene.

Over their residency Hana & Jacob will create a series of animated videos in collaboration with Wellington based Lisa Walker, a contemporary jeweller whose work questions conventional concepts about jewellery’s beauty and wearability. The video content will be filmed and animated at the gallery and exhibited at 30upstairs in June.

Using video and sound techniques to approach and interpret a selection of Lisa’s pieces, the project explores the gaps between seeing an image of an object and the physical experiences of wearing, touching or owning it.

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Their collaboration involves an ongoing exchange, with Lisa’s pieces as the starting point for each video. From these, Hana & Jacob create video treatments that return to Lisa, who then creates new pieces that specifically function as props for the final cuts.

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Internationally, Hana and Jacob have worked as collaborating artists on larger than life animatronic puppets for Disney, Cirque and Wynn Casinos with kinetic theatre company Michael Curry Design, created animations for Vice Magazine’s online channel VBS.TV and Courtney Taylor of the Dandy Warhols. The duo have also toured the world as Dear Frontier, a folk-punk band.

New Zealand works include creating music videos for a wide range of artists, from Hollie Smith to French for Rabbits, on visual projection and performance at SPLORE festival, BATS and Soundstage, as well as the production of web based video campaigns for fashion designer Penny Sage, Positively Wellington Tourism and the Wellington Regional Council.

For more information and to see their past work visit their website: http://www.rdystdy.com/

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