Birds of a Shadow
By Jenna Gavin and Matthew Martin
Aotea Centre, Level 2 14 Mar 2015 to 11 May 2015

Birds of a Shadow is a playful and interactive installation where family, friends and strangers can work together to discover beautifully crafted bird images on the screen.

Participants match their body shapes to the bird’s shadow on the screen which reveals the full image of the digital birds.

The artist’s inspiration for the work was shadow puppets which encourage people to use their bodies in a playful manner. The images of the birds were chosen to showcase the uniqueness and the diversity of our New Zealand ecosystem.

Birds of a Shadow is inspired by Fale Ula, a new site-specific installation by Niki Hastings-McFall during Auckland Arts Festival 2015.

Join us for the opening on 14 March, from 6 pm to 7.30 pm at the Aotea Centre. More info here.

Jenna Gavin
Jenna Gavin is a Masters student at Auckland University of Technology and a digital media artist whose focus is on playful interactions with language, data, and form. Her strength lies in crafting unique user experiences through code and objects. Jenna Gavin created the interactive exhibition Cut And Paste at Digital Art Live interactive space in May 2014.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin has been experimenting with emerging, digital technology over the years and has developed an interest in audience-based interactions. He likes to push for new interactions with technology and discover ways to alter frameworks surrounding technology to envision new creations. See more of his work at

Australian Magpie
“Australian Magpie – Gymnorhina Tibicen – Carroling.mp3” – freesound project and digifish music / “Magpie samcem05” by Aviceda – licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

“New Zealand dotterel/tūturiwhatu song” – Department of Conservation / Inspired by “New Zealand Dotterel Waiheke Island” by Chris Gin from Auckland, New Zealand – New Zealand Dotterel – licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

“South Island fantail” – Department of Conservation / “Bullers fantails” by By J. G. Keulemans, in W.L. Buller’s A History of the Birds of New Zealand. 2nd edition, 1888 – licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 nz via Wikimedia Commons

“Female kākāpō song” – Department of Conservation / “Kakapo5”. by BS Thurner Hof – licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
“Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)” – Dan Lane / By Grahame Bowland – licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Kōkako song” – Department of Conservation / “Kōkako” by Doug Mak – licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

“Chatham Island oystercatcher/tōrea song” – Department of Conservation / “Haematopus unicolor LC0246” by Jörg Hempel – licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 de via Wikimedia Commons

Kereru / Pigeon
New Zealand pigeon/kererū/kūkū/kūkupa – Department of Conservation.

California Quail
“California Quail (Callipepla californica)” – Jonathon Jongsma / “California quail” by Yathin sk – licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Yellow eyed Penguin
Yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho adults and chick – Department of Conservation / “Yellow-eyed Penguin MC” by Christian Mehlführer – licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

Seagull (Southern black-backed gull)
“SeaGulls” – Andrew Hill / “Larus dominicanus – Kenton-on-Sea, Eastern Cape, South Africa-8” by hyper7pro – licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Whio (Blue duck)
“blue duck/whio song” – Department of Conservation / “Whio (Blue Duck) at Staglands, Akatarawa, New Zealand” by Karora – licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

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