Solar Circuit Aotearoa New Zealand (SCANZ)

Solar Circuit Aotearoa New Zealand (SCANZ) is New Zealand’s premier art, technology, culture and ecology event and involves a symposium, creative residency, and public events and exhibitions. Occurring bi-annually, it has typically involved a mix of Aotearoa New Zealand and international artists, producers, theorists and curators many of whom are leading practitioners. Held in New Plymouth, SCANZ 2013: Third Nature will be the fourth event and will be organised by Ian Clothier, Trudy Lane, and Nina Czegledy of Intercreate, in partnership with aligned organisations within the arts and sciences and with tangata whenua.

Owae Marae at Waitara, Taranaki

Powhiri — SCANZ 2006. Owae Marae, Waitara. After discussions with Dr Te Huirangi Waikerepuru and Tengaruru Wineera.

Shared working space, SCANZ 2006

Networking & Collaboration — N2 shared working space, from which much collaboration often occurs. SCANZ 2006.

Electric Fruit Orchestra Workshop, SCANZ 2006

Workshops — Fruit Orchestra workshop with Canadian artist Diana Burgoyne. The ‘cowshed’, WITT Polytechnic, New Plymouth.

Nina Czegledy presenting at SCANZ 2009

Symposium — Nina Czegledy presenting at SCANZ 2009: Interconnections. Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, Taranaki.

Exhibition — Above image from SCANZ 2009: Raranga Tangata: The Weaving Together of People. Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth.

Random Information Exchange

Education & Community-based Projects — SCANZ 2009: 60 Springs – five SCANZ artists worked with 14 local teenagers to explore projects in Pukekura Park, Library and throughout the city.

Current and Previous SCANZ participants

2011 Residency participants & Symposium keynotes:
The SCANZ 2011: Eco sapiens creative residency participants include Sue Page and Janine May, Jo Tito, Andrew Hornblow, Dhyana Beaumont, Lanfranco Aceti, DodoLab (Andrew Hunter with Lisa Hirmer), Raewyn Turner & Richard Newcomb, Karen Ingham, ÆLab (Gisèle Trudel with Stéphane Claude), Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski, Angelo Vermeulen, Justin Morgan, Jonah Marinovich, Nina Czegledy (our International Research Fellow) and Janine Randerson, Keith Armstrong and James Muller, Ramon Guardans. Dr Te Huirangi Waikerepuru, Roger Malina and Erich Berger of Ars Bioarctica will be involved in the hui, to be held at Owae marae. Julian Priest’s Slow Flow project is also a partner project, and will immediately follow the SCANZ 2011 residency.

2009 Residency Participants included:

Dr Sally Jane Norman, Adam Hyde, Lisa Reihana, Stella Brennan, Sean Kerr, Rachel Rakena, Natalie Robertson, Alex Monteith, Naomi Lamb, Caro McCaw, Danny Butt, Jon Bywater, Andrew Gryf Paterson, Dan Torop, Ken Gregory, Melinda Rackham, Dr Herman Pi’ikea Clarke, Dominic Smith, Xui Li Young, Raewyn Turner, Janine Randerson.

2006 Residency Participants included:
Adam Hyde, Andrea Polli, Stella Brennan, Alex Monteith, Caro McCaw, Ken Gregory, Xui Li Young, and Jim Bell, Raewyn Turner, Janine Randerson, Wolfgang Staehle, Nina Czegledy, Derek Holzer and Sara Kolster, Avatar Body Collision (Helen Varley Jamieson, Vicki Smith, Karla Ptacek & Lena Saarinen), Out-of-Sync (Norrie Neumark & Maria Miranda), and Brit Bunkley.

Polar and Solar Circuit Event Heritage

Solar and Polar Circuits have been occurring in the northern and southern hemispheres since 1998.  These events arose out of meetings of the International Symposium for Electronic Arts (ISEA), where it was recognized that often the better exchanges at symposia occurred in less formal situations. The concept of a residency/workshop was established to facilitate the exchange of information and expertise in a collegial environment.

The Aotearoa New Zealand event has varied from these earlier events, as an adaption to it’s local situation, though several important connections with ISEA and Solar/Polar Circuits are maintained in SCANZ. Three sitting board members of ISEA were on the initial Project Development Team, and a Solar/Polar thematic of engagement with local environment persists. A ‘no outcome’ aspect to the residency has also been maintained, though the option to exhibit has each time been offered in some form for those who desire it, and hence the relationships with local exhibiting partners has been continuous.