• Oskar Fischinger (Germany)
  • Len Lye (NZ)

The Govett-Brewster’s Projection Series surveys the landscape of historical and contemporary fine art filmmaking, encouraging our audiences to experience the wider world of local and international film and moving image.

The 12th edition in the Govett-Brewster’s Projection Series presents a double-bill selection of works by Len Lye and Oskar Fischinger, a pairing of two of the most compelling experimental filmmakers of their generation.

New Zealand-born Lye (1901-1980) is acclaimed for his pioneering experimental cinema, principally his development of the direct technique whereby visual imagery is applied straight onto celluloid without the use of a camera.

Born in Germany just a year before Lye, Fischinger is celebrated as a leading exponent of abstract cinema and for pioneering the technical mastery of visualising music on film. Observed together, these two masters exemplify the vanguard of experimentation in film.

Curated by the Gallery's 2017 Creative New Zealand intern Michelle Wang.

Opening Hours

  • Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm


  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • 42 Queen Street
  • New Plymouth