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James Charlton: Be My Mirror - Digital Art Live

James Charlton: Be My Mirror - Digital Art Live

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  • Mon 26 Sep ’11, 9:00am – 5:30pm
  • Tue 27 Sep ’11, 9:00am – 5:30pm
  • Wed 28 Sep ’11, 9:00am – 5:30pm
  • Thu 29 Sep ’11, 9:00am – 5:30pm
  • Fri 30 Sep ’11, 9:00am – 5:30pm
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Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission



Digital Art Live is pleased to present the interactive exhibition Be My Mirror by James Charlton.


In 1966 when Andy Warhol presented his installation “Silver Clouds”, visitors were invited to playfully interact with large helium filled balloons. In a contemporary take on Warhol’s work, James Charlton’s Digital Art Live exhibition asks people to inflate virtual balloons by blowing into specially designed exhalant devices in front of the interactive screen. Balloons appear and inflate in the endless void of the interactive screen, floating gently around until eventually, colliding with each other and bursting. If Warhol’s balloons were about the artist sense of himself, then Charlton’s balloons speak to the audience’s sense of themselves. Come down and inflate virtual balloons to your hearts content - or until your bubble bursts!


James Charlton immigrated to New Zealand from the UK in 1973 gaining his BFA from Auckland University in 1982. As a Fulbright recipient he completed his MFA at the University at Albany in 1986. Remaining in the US until 1990, he exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions and was represented by Akin Gallery in Boston and John Gibson Gallery in New York. During this time he lectured in sculpture at the University of New Hampshire, Monserrat College of Art. Returning to New Zealand in 1991, Charlton became one of the founding members of the ASA School of Art Visual Arts Degree, and was subsequently appointed Curriculum Leader of Sculpture in the Visual Arts Programme at Auckland University of Technology. In 2008 he left to take up the position of Programme Leader for the newly established Bachelor of Creative Technologies at AUT where he lectures in Sculpture and Interactive Media.

While his practice is clearly located in the context of sculptural practice he engages a range of physical, digital and performative approaches in an exploration into the nature of the artefact as a field of activity in which the viewer is implicated.

Events around the exhibition

Digital Art Live gets happy at Be My Mirror. Join us for Happy Hour with drinks.
Friday 26 August / 6 to 8 pm / Owens Foyer, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE.
This event is in conjunction with We Can Create.

Artist talk with James Charlton presenting his work Be My Mirror. James will also discuss with audience how the software Max/MSP/jitter can be used to create interactive works.
Monday 26 September / 5.30 pm / free / Owens Foyer, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE
Part of Deep & Meaningful at THE EDGE

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