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SCANZ2015:water*peace

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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Project Peace Mandala by Jo Tito

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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New Plymouth spatial interventions by Allan Giddy and team

Three artists resident in Sydney but originating from England and New Zealand will work for two weeks with the New Plymouth central city area to enliven it for one or two evenings prior to the SCANZ walking symposium. Water is central to the site (between St Aubyns and Ariki) and the works focus their visual and sonic interventions around these features. In this context installation itself becomes a performative act with artists working within the site of an intended audience.

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Water and Peace by Sharmila Samant

Public art should function within the public realm. Its critique negotiates a series of overlapping issues extending from urban hierarchies, diversity, to operations of power. For SCANZ2015, I propose to work within a community were water has a distinct significance either in terms of ancient/ indigenous knowledge, cultural values, metaphysical connections, or political/social contentions.

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Reverie by Kate Richards

I am proposing to undertake practice-led research into the potential for audiences to have a meditative experience – to find ‘peace’ – when viewing water – Kate Richards

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Ringbalen by Ali Sanderson and Ben Pederick

Uncle Major Sumner by the Coorong River

At the SCANZ 2015 residency we would seek to create a geographical cycle of storytelling with local traditional owners and investigate extensions of our current successful work Ringbalin River Stories as an international layer of geolocated narrative and knowledge.

As a part of our residency project we want to take field trips to connect with local traditional owners and investigate their methods of story telling and collaborate to make content such as short films, audio stories and photo stories which we would hope could be presented in a variety of forums and platforms.

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