On Saturday 20 October, FESTA’s headline event, FEASTA! kicks off. A public feast of architecture and food, FEASTA! features 17 artistic and architectural installations in an international collaboration between seven leading design and architecture schools from across Aotearoa and Australia, as well as members from the NZIA and NZILA Canterbury branches, artists, and Creative Director Barnaby Bennett. Along with community groups, local businesses and many others, the groups will be working together to transform a block in Christchurch city for one night only.
Dr Jessica Halliday, Director - Te Pūtahi Christchurch centre for architecture + city-making, says this year is the first-time architectural design professionals have been invited to work alongside students creating installations for the headline event.
“This is our fifth year and so it is strange we haven’t thought of it before, as it seems like an obvious step to take – to incorporate the talent and creativity of architecture professionals into the festival. Many of the architectural designers who are participating have been working on the rebuild and so it is really exciting to see what they will create. They are all volunteers, working in their own time and so we feel privileged to have them involved,” says Halliday.
The two teams of architecture professionals are made up of Christchurch architectural designers who work for a diverse range of architecture practices. The two teams have created two installations that will be shared alongside the works developed by eight Australian and New Zealand student teams. The installations will light up Mollet Street in the central city.
“The two projects by the professionals are called ‘Joy in Sharing’ and ‘Sounds like Dinner’. They are both very unique and exciting interpretations of the theme. ‘Joy in Sharing’ is a fernery with a juice bar and a DJ. It is a beautiful serene growing environment that will enable visitors to experience and think about the social side of eating and gathering. ‘Sounds like Dinner’ is quite different. It explores a future where we don’t eat. It will be set up as a museum of the future where people visit to see what food was once like for human beings. You will be able to listen to food being prepared and eaten and see visual records of what food was once like,” says Halliday.
Though the teams have been working on the design of their installations for several months, the installations are all set up over a very short space of time – some will be installed in just 24 hours.
“It is a very quick turnaround. It is a rapid process. Everyone involved is amazing – a lot of hard work goes into pulling off a successful event.”
For more information on FESTA and its headline architectural event FEASTA! Visit http://www.festa.org.nz/