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Colin Hodson

139 The Terrace, Wellington

11-25 April

For The Market Testament, Colin Hodson occupied the vacant floors of a central office building at 139 The Terrace, and controlled the the lighting on these floors via a live data feed from the New Zealand stock market. The work could be watcedh from around Wellington or from The Market Testament website as the fluorescents flickered on and off in code during the night.

Surrounded by office buildings suffering similar large vacancies in the central Wellington CBD, Hodson's work suggests that what drives our economy has been abstracted to the point that local needs and concerns play little part in determining the flow of capital keeping our city alive. 

In highlighting a building's relationship to the corporate matrix, Colin Hodson’s The Market Testament asks us to reconsider our romance with the downtown lights, and the role we might play in ensuring they continue to shine.

Colin Hodson’s previous work includes the direction of two feature films, Shifter and .ON., and he is currently developing more film projects. He has exhibited video in various shows in New Zealand, Australia and The Netherlands, as well as live performance projects. He most recently produced a video recording of Richard Gage's Blueprint For Truth Lecture recorded at Te Papa last year.

Our property partner: Prime Property Group

Prime Property Group is a multi discipline property organisation. Through a number of independent companies, the Group owns and operates Commercial Office Buildings, Car Parking Buildings, Hotels, Residential Buildings, Industrial and Retail properties. The Group also owns and develops residential land and housing estates. Investments are primarily in Wellington City, with a small number of properties outside Wellington, in Hamilton and the Coromandel Peninsula.

Our thanks also to:

Nic Cave-Lynch, Grant Joyce, Chris Aspros and all at NZWireless, Richard Naylor at R2, Heath Edwards, Brett Mason and all the staff at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea, Daniel Bar-Even, Matilda Fraser (Letting Space Massey University intern), Kowhai Montgomery, Chris Brown, Douglas Bagnall, Grant Watson, Gert Verhoog, Brent Edwards and Grace Russell.