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Unseen City: Gary Baigent, Rodney Charters, and Robert Ellis in Sixties Auckland | Mobile Edition Apple/Android

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Unseen City: Gary Baigent, Rodney Charters, and Robert Ellis in Sixties Auckland | Mobile Edition Apple/Android

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Published by Baker+Douglas, 30 November, 2016

Including a 10 minute short film with audio track by Rodney Charters.

50 full-screen images, colour and black & white

Essays by Robert Leonard and Andrew Clifford with archive texts by Gary Baigent, Tim Corballis and John Hurrell

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I'm an art curator in my fifties, so I'm a hard-copy publishing guy. In the art world, hard-copy publishing is a status thing. Ink on paper in the morning smells like victory. But I've just been involved in making a digital book and I love it. Baker+Douglas has published an app version of the catalogue for my 2015 show Unseen City. The digital format enables the inclusion of different kinds of content and way more content. The show comes to life in a rich new way. The app includes Rodney Charters's Film Exercise (1966) as a movie ... and users are guided through Gary Baigent's photobook The Unseen City  (1967) as a movie. There are all kinds of added extras. Everything makes more sense. It leaves the original hard-copy publication for dead. Robert Leonard, November 2016

In the 1960s, Auckland was changing. It was becoming the big smoke. The population passed half a million, new motorways were enabling suburban sprawl, and a counterculture was emerging. Those were the days.

In 2015, I curated Unseen City. This small but succinct exhibition offered a view of 1960s Auckland through the eyes of artists Gary Baigent, Rodney Charters, and Robert Ellis. It opened at Te Uru, a new museum in Titirangi, and travelled on to City Gallery Wellington. This digital book grew out of that show. Its format has allowed us to include material that couldn’t be accommodated in the original printed catalogue—which it has totally usurped.