d.o.c hut silences

date : 27.05.2012
location : kiwi hut, near okupe lagoon, waiorua
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date : 29.05.2012
location : kiwi caravan, top of the ridge, rangatira
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notes : recordings of the silences inside outer-lying NZ dept. of Conservation huts on Kapiti Island. this network of humble buildings must surely include some of the more isolated and hidden of New Zealand's domestic spaces. inhabited in sparse manner by a regular flow of working scientists and trappers on parts of Kapiti island inaccessible to the public, sometimes only reachable via precarious and difficult tracks, each hut holds a kind of silence specific to its location : dripping water, creaking manuka branches, the blast of icy wind over the cliffs, the distant, piercing night calls of forest birds. seemingly devoid of overt personalisation, a glance inside their visitors' books reveals the wry story of the isolated and difficult work that goes on within them.