‘Things Change’ is a beautifully presented collection of eclectic ephemera from the life and musical career of Martin Phillipps.
Philipps not only wrote some of Dunedin’s most iconic pop songs he collected, arranged and catalogued stuff. There are cool action figures, cassettes, movies on VHS and DVD, dehydrated cats, band posters, comics, set lists from gigs back to the 1980s and sci fi books. Woven through these displays is the story of The Chills.
This is a social historians and music fanboys gold mine, a clear insight to the influences and a way of thinking for one of our leading musicians.
And it’s great fun. The exhibition design is an equal star of this show. The contemporary designy bits riff off the visual styles and imagery of the Dunedin Sound era - psychedelic garage?
I love that across the road from The Cook and not far from the Main Common Room in The Union one of the bands at home in those venues is honoured by the Museum.
When: Things Change – 23 June to 15 July
Where: HD Skinner Annex, Otago Museum
Post submitted by Antony Deaker