Author Archives: Ian Clothier

SCANZ 2015 water and peace map

This post has a map of SCANZ2105:water*peace locations for art works, performances and activities that occur on the final weekend – Saturday 31st of January in Huatoki Plaza (11am – 4pm), and Sunday 1st of February (11am – 4pm) along the Huatoki from the sea to Redcoat Lane. There are also night time projections in Pukekura Park on Friday 30th of January, 9pm to 11pm. On the same post photographs of the sites are embedded as a slideshow.

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Water, food and resources at SCANZ

lemon vernbena

As organisers of the SCANZ residency, we are working on ways to reduce our water footprint. We usually supply tea, coffee beans and a coffee grinder because our largely artist group loves coffee. However, for 2015 water*peace we are considering not supplying coffee on Fridays, and only providing locally grown herbal tea: lemon verbena. This is because the best way to reduce water footprint is to consume locally grown products.

In addition, rather than purchasing the coffee solely on the basis of taste, we will be purchasing Fair Trade Organic. We are also intent on getting food from local suppliers as much as possible. These are positive steps to take, in line with our determination to be involved in positive experiences in regard to the environment.

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Call for water*peace presentations

Photo of Wai by Jo Tito

As part of SCANZ2015:water*peace, is seeking presentations based on water and/or peace along the following thematic threads: indigenous awareness, beyond the physical, states of flow, bodies of water, science and measurement, commentaries on peace. Presentations will be given in the open air along the Huatoki walkway on Sunday February 1st 2015.

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The challenge to publicly funded organisations brought on by climate change

South Island

This article looks at the issue of the arts and climate change, from the perspective of art and science. On the one hand, scientific knowledge about climate change is complete. However, actual change is slow.

In the context of the art world, it is clear we are living in a post modern world. Consequently, art is understood not solely for its inherent characteristics (the modernist view) but for the way art works interconnect with culture (the postmodern view).

So what we have in terms of art and science is the knowledge required and the cultural theory in place, but slow change and an art world largely disconnected from the issues of climate change. Why might that be?

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Glen Skipper at Te Rewa Rewa pa

SCANZ2015:water*peace brings together people from diverse backgrounds,connecting everyone in a positive expression of our relationship with water and the power of peace.

Water is essential to survival. Wai, water or flow is central to the worldviews of many indigenous cultures of Earth. The scientific study of water and the onset of turbulence was central to the development of Chaos Theory. Today water monitoring in the environment has become important to sustainable approaches to water management.

Peace is also essential to the sustainability of humans on Earth.

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64% of electronic arts professionals think their engagement with the environment will increase in the next five years

Survey pie chart graphic

In a recent survey on the future of electronic arts undertaken by Intercreate, 64% of respondents indicated they believe their engagement with environmental issues will increase in the next five years. This is a striking statistic and indicates a rising level of concern among artists, for the environment.

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SCANZ 2015 schedule

A waterfall in the Taranaki region, photo by C5 taken as part of a mapping exercise

The SCANZ 2015:water*peace provisional schedule has been released, giving an idea of the shape of the event. Taking place between the 17th of January 2015 and February 2nd 2015, the event is Intercreate’s main activity. Water*peace follows a heritage of SCANZ events: 3rd nature in 2013; Eco sapiens in 2011; 2009 saw Raranga tangata (the weaving together of people, from a phrase used by Sally Jane Norman); while the inaugural SCANZ in 2006 was themed on Environmental Response and Connection-Disconnection.

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Water and Peace

This work will be a collaboration with other artists and consists of large moving mandala projections at night time coupled with sound created from elements of nature and a waiata composed specifically for these projections. Each element of the work is important and will contribute to the overall kaupapa of water and peace.

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Future of electronic arts survey

Intercreate survey

Intercreate has released its first survey on electronic and digital arts, looking into the near future (1-5 years) . While we might speculate on which issues are important, debate the virtues of exhibition in gallery or public space, and have preferences about creative development, using a survey allows us to get a strong picture of where our audience and colleagues are on these issues. We want to know what your thoughts on this are. Help us with this process by filling out the survey now – there are 20 multiple choice questions. Please also circulate this survey among your colleagues.

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Digitized 3D Objects and Audio Signal Convergence by Claire Brunet, Susan Fryberg and Toby Gifford

Salmon computer model

In this project recordings of water are modified through signal processing mechanisms derived from digitized 3D forms appropriated from nature, which themselves are transformed and projected on a white fishing net surface.

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