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In 1970, Leon Narbey created Real Time, a full-gallery interactive light-sound installation, as the opening show for New Plymouth’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. He filled the former cinema with flashing lights, reflective surfaces, streamers and noise.
Artist Paul Hartigan, a high-school student at the time, recalls: ‘It was a mesmerising mix of flashing fluorescent tubes amongst a sea of reflective black plastic, buzzing neon tubes and sodium-vapour lamps, all creating an eerie unnatural phosphorescent light-and-sound environment. This was my first introduction to neon, and I was sold. It got into my blood!’ (Hartigan would later work extensively in neon.)
Narbey documented his installation in A Film of Real Time, translating the sculptural experience into a cinematic one. He would continue to work in film, as a cinematographer and director.
Here, Narbey’s film is shown with the Hungarian modernist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy’s 1930 film Light Play: Black White Grey, which documents the effects of his kinetic light sculpture, the Light-Space Modulator.
Thanks to Nga Taonga Sound and Vision and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery for A Film of Real Time, and the Moholy-Nagy Foundation for Light Play.
A Film of Real Time: A Sound-Light Environment | 9 min 20 sec Ein Lichtspiel Schwarz Weiss grau | 6 min