Online Film Screening

Gavin Hipkins, City of Tomorrow, 2017. 11 minutes. Sound: Torben Tilly. Courtesy of the artist and Michael Lett, Tāmaki Makaurau.

City of Tomorrow is one of two films included in Hipkins’ cinema programme Cities of Tomorrow, which was scheduled to open in the Artspace Aotearoa Cinema on Wednesday 18 August.

In light of Aotearoa moving into Level 4 lock-down, this special online programme has been developed with the artist to provide an opportunity for our community to encounter this work beyond the gallery. This is the first time City of Tomorrow has been published online in its entirety. Hipkins’ City of Tomorrow is available to view on Artspace Aotear's website and Vimeo from Wednesday 25 August until midnight Tuesday 31 August.

In City of Tomorrow, Chandigarh's modern architecture is explored through Le Corbusier's early writings on repetition and order. The architect's zealous ideals taken from his 1929 The City of Tomorrow and Its Planning are revisited via the buildings and symbolism of the planned capital city.

This online screening of City of Tomorrow is presented in association with When The Dust Settles.


About Gavin Hipkins:

Over the past three decades, Gavin Hipkins has developed a practice in photography and moving image that frequently returns to the intersections of modernism and the post/colonial nation-state by repurposing images and texts. His work addresses the histories of his chosen media as well as the ways in which images have shaped the contemporary world as transmitters and visual manifestations of ideology.

Hipkins received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland in 1992 and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver in 2002. An extensive survey of his practice, Gavin Hipkins: The Domain, was exhibited at the Dowse Art Museum in 2017. He has exhibited extensively both internationally and in Aotearoa. Hipkins represented New Zealand at the 2018 Asia Pacific Triennial, the 2002 Sao Paolo Biennale and the 1998 Biennale of Sydney. In 2006 he undertook a residency at the ISCP in New York and in 1998 he was selected as the inaugural New Zealand resident at Artspace Sydney. Hipkins’ first feature film Erewhon—based on Samuel Butler’s 1872 novel Erewhon, Or Over the Range—premiered in 2014 at the New Zealand International Film Festival and Edinburgh Art Festival.


  • Free


  • Wed 25 Aug — Tue 31 Aug

Online Film Screening