Feb 1stâ€“3rd, 2013
Developing the culture to create a sustainable civilisation
Following is a list of abstracts selected for the SCANZ 2013 3rd nature wÄnanga-symposium. It is not quite complete yet. This page also has registration information andÂ an outline of the wÄnanga schedule.
MÄtauranga MÄori (for international viewers) refers to traditional MÄori knowledge pre 1840s colonisation. The boundary of MÄtauranga MÄori and science is significant at (formerly) Crown Research Institutes in Aotearoa New Zealand and world leading in terms of integrating indigenous knowledge and Western science as a part of daily operations and core research activity. This integration is a feature of recent Intercreate.org projects in the creative sector, and forms one foundation of the 3rd nature project. There are instances worldwide of this occurring, and the wÄnanga-symposium will provide a range of solutions to issues of working across cultures and disciplines, from several countries. For those interested in understanding more Te Reo (MÄori language), there is a dictionary at: www.maoridictionary.co.nz
Registration includes dinner on Friday night at Owae marae, plus light lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus morning and afternoon tea. Early bird registration before December 14 2012 for waged people is $345 (student/unwaged $245), the full registration from December 15 is $395 (student/unwaged $295). One day registrations are $120 (Early bird) or $150 (from December 15).
The Friday night dinner is also a Wonderlogue event led by Trudy Lane, which involves interdisciplinary discussion.
|Fri 1 Feb||Day 01 WÄnanga-Symposium|
|8am||All: Depart WITT/Te Henui Lodge accommodation for Owae Marae|
|6pm||Wonderlogue Dinner with Trudy Lane|
|9pm||Depart Owae Marae for WITT|
|Sat 2 Feb||Day 02 WÄnanga-Symposium|
|6am||All: Depart WITT for Puke Ariki|
|6.28am||Toi Whakaari (Dawn Opening) of 3rd nature exhibition|
|Tea, coffee and biscuits|
|Live presentations from Europe|
|Return to WITT|
|5pm||Day 02 WÄnanga-Symposium ends|
|Sun 3 Feb||Day 03 WÄnanga-Symposium|
|Pukekura Park projects|
|3pm-4pm||Poroporoaki (closing reflection) at WITT|
|4pm onwards||Continued informal discussion and socialising|
Integrating indigenous perspectives with creative, environmental, scientific and academic views on reality is essential to a sustainable future. At the same time, computing and digital media are changing our relationship to culture and the environment.
On the one hand digital technology allows us to analyse and display data in new ways, as when anthropologists use language databases to shed light on the movement of culture.
On the other hand digital technology adds to our senses, and extends them beyond the body to the forests and the land. Scientists, artists and others are transforming the environment into an organism, as Maori and indigenous peoples have always known it to be.
SCANZ 2013: 3rd nature brings together diverse people to discuss how to approach working together across culture, discipline and media. We must work together to resolve the issues emerging at the boundary between fresh knowledge and deep knowledge, beginning with sharing knowledge and projects.
Presentations and projects which highlight cross cultural interchange and/or computing and electronicsÂ projects and/or the hybrid arts were sought. The ensuing discussion and presentations will be shared in a special edition of Leonardo Electronic Almanac, the online publication of Leonardo â€“ the leading Massachusetts Institute of Technology journal.
Who should attend?
Tangata whenua, indigenous peoples, scientists, artists, environmentalists, academics, philosophers, educationalists, musicians, teachers, technologists, and those concerned about sustainability, the future of Earth and humanity. Tangata whenua â€“people of the land – are indigenous to Aotearoa New Zealand.
The first day of the hui will be held at Owae marae. Keynote speakers are Dr Te Huirangi Waikerepuru (Aotearoa New Zealand) and Intercreate International Research Fellow Nina Czegledy (Canada & Hungary). The second and third days are to be held in Te Piere o te Rangi on the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki campus and in Pukekura Park.
Registration information and the preliminary schedule can be found here.