Charlotte Parallel – ATM (7/12/2019 – 22/12/2018)

Charlotte Paralell poster

Please join in celebrating the final exhibition of the 2018 Gallery Programme! It is a pleasure to be presenting a new work by Koputai – Port Chalmers artist, Charlotte Parallel.


In daily life most of us engage frequently with Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). In doing so we must become close to them, facing our body to the screen, inserting our encrypted card with its magnetic stripe while shielding our Personal Identification Number (PIN) number. We then perform a series of guided transactions by hand, eventually receiving our money at the process’ conclusion.

As familiar as these coloured, glowing boxes are, listening to an ATM machine is likely a foreign concept. In continuing her exploration of how we exist in and navigate through an invisible field of electromagnetic signals, Parallel invites us to do exactly this – to listen to the ATM machine, ubiquitous in urban spaces, populating high streets, malls, supermarkets, and petrol stations.

Specifically, Parallel seeks to understand how we exist within the electromagnetic field through our body’s capacity as a transducer. For Charlotte, “using a DIY light-to-sound transducer can be thought of as initiating an energetic forensics that considers the relationship of coded processes in the form of electrical, electronic and electromagnetic systems.”


In addition to a suite of works documenting Charlotte’s explorations of ATM-fields throughout the Auckland area installed in the AF gallery, she and a group of collaborators will explore the electromagnetic field of the surrounding Karangahape Road neighbourhood with DIY light-to-sound transducers during the opening event. This performance will be live-streamed back to the gallery where it will be recorded and redisplayed for the duration of the exhibition. Parallel has also prepared a release of recordings of the ATMs of Ōtepoti – Dunedin in the form a folding USB-credit card which will be available at the opening and for the duration of the exhibition.


Opens – Friday 7 December, 5.30pm (w. refreshments from Liberty Breweries)
Hours – Tuesday – Saturday, 12.00pm – 4.00pm.
Closes – Saturday 22 December, 4.00pm