Take a sonic ride to the margins of New Zealand’s underground music scene.

The Dowse presents a summer afternoon of live music for the opening of A Short Run: A Selection of New Zealand Lathe-Cut Records, curated by Luke Wood and To The Moon: Laurie Anderson & Hsin-Chien Huang.

Three bands featured in A Short Run come together to bring you a rip-roaring expression of Aotearoa’s less explored music scape.

Artists include:

Visceral Realists, led by the exhibition’s curator Luke Wood and legendary free-noise magician Bruce Russell from The Dead C and A Handful of Dust. This highly experimental duo creates rippling electric sound by playing their guitars over the run-out grooves of old worn out records.

The Gorge, a highlight of the 2019 Lines Of Flight festival, this Palmerston North-based female trio will dunk you into their psychedelic improvised noise rock.

Bog Wolf, a newly formed star-studded duo will also be joining us with their “mystery swamp freedom surfin wild blues”. Presented by Stink Magnetic Records! Includes Bek Coogan!

Free entry, cash bar.

A Short Run brings together hundreds of rare lathe-cut records from private collections of artists, musicians, bands, and small independent record labels around the country. Researched and curated by graphic designer and musician, Luke Wood, this exhibition explores the intersection between music and design. Developed in partnership with Objectspace.

Fifty years after man first landed on the Moon, art pioneer and icon Laurie Anderson is flying us all there with captivating virtual reality artwork To The Moon. Developed with fellow artist Hsin-Chien Huang, this immersive experience takes you on a cutting-edge voyage of sight, sound and imagination to our nearest cosmic neighbour. Presented in partnership with the New Zealand Festival of the Arts.


  • Free


  • Sat 15 Feb


  • 4:00 pm


  • 45 Laings Road
  • Lower Hutt, New Zealand