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becoming boulder

The work was performed on the Nga Motu New Plymouth shorefront in February 2015. Photo by Allan Giddy.

A durational performance work, becoming boulder was presented at SCANZ2015:water*peace. Gestures of blending in were used as a strategy to establish empathy between various live material bodies at the confluence of the Huatoki Stream and the Tasman Sea: the stream waters, the sea tides, the sand, the boulders and my own human body.

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Lee Joachim at SCANZ

Lee Joachim of the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation Skyped into SCANZ 2015:water and peace to talk with participants. Renita Glencross of Ethos Global, an Aboriginal advocacy organisation also attended SCANZ in the first week. SCANZ 2015 also saw the first involvement of Pacific peoples at SCANZ, with the presence of two participants from Vanuatu – Sandy Sur and Prim Rose Wari; along with the first representation of Inuit peoples with Jesse Tungilik and Stacey Aglok MacDonald of the Nunavut people. Intercreate is seeking further engagement with indigenous groups worldwide.

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SCANZ 2015 programme

This is the programme for events on the final weekend of SCANZ 2015 International Celebration of Water and Peace – Friday 30th January to Sunday February 1st. There will be activities, performances and screenings, and art works will be on display. Friday night there are night time projections, Saturday there are activities in Huatoki Plaza and Puke Ariki landing, Sunday is a walking symposium on water and peace.

Further down the page is the schedule for Water and Peace workshops at Quirky Creative – for ages 5 to adult, which take place from Monday 26th to Friday 30th January. Projects made at the workshops will be displayed on the 31st.

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Vanuatu Women’s Water Music

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A special feature of SCANZ2015:water*peace is the Aotearoa New Zealand launch of the Vanuatu Women’s Water Music DVD. The Water Music dance involves the performers standing waste deep in the water, and slapping the surface as part of the dance. This is performed by the Leweton Cultural Experience. They are based on the remote northern […]

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Vanuatu Women’s Water Music

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A special feature of SCANZ2015:water*peace is the Aotearoa New Zealand launch of the Vanuatu Women’s Water Music DVD. The Water Music dance involves the performers standing waste deep in the water, and slapping the surface as part of the dance. This is performed by the Leweton Cultural Experience. They are based on the remote northern […]

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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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Call for water*peace presentations

Photo of Wai by Jo Tito

As part of SCANZ2015:water*peace, Intercreate.org 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

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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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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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