This is the middle weekend of the residency. Some went up the mountain, others gathered late in the day at Back Beach Paritutu.
Today the residency theme was harakeke/raranga (flax/weaving). Jo Tito led the day with a local weaver. First up was harakeke gathering then some making. The image above was taken using a lens provided by Deborah Lawler-Dormer.
Jo tito and Mako Jones, who led the day, gathering the harakeke. Part of the day involved hearing what harakeke means to Maori.
Nigel Helyer and Darko Fritz at Puniho with woven works.
Below are photos of the rooms and spaces at WITT, booked for the residency. The daily workshops will be happening there, and those who need space and equipment will work in the rooms.
There is one more space, we call the wet studio, but there was a class in there and I didn’t want to disturb them, when I took these photos. The room has big sinks (think dishes).
An impermanent creation that would eventually flow back into nature, a moment in time that would be captured on camera and imprinted in the minds and hearts of those who experienced those moments in real time or later on film.
The creations will be totally in the moment, like water flowing down the mountain through rivers and out to sea. It will bring all the elements of her residency project together: Earth, Water, Light, Stones.
She is not sure what will be created, but plans to capture what is being created on camera in some way. She envisions that nature will provide most of the tools she will need to create; light, water, trees, birds, sticks, stones, paint, leaves and has also asked a few of the other artists in residence to collaborate with her as well.
“It’s exciting!” she says. “It’s going to be a wonderful experience that brings nature, creativity, science, technology and human potential into one space. Expect creations that have never been created before, songs that have never been sung before and healing for both land and people.
There will be a science element as well. Jo is a photographer and has spent many years capturing light in photography. “It’s second nature now, when I see light, I see a wonderful photo opportunity and I just want to capture it! So why is photosynthesis so important and how can I explore this amazing part of nature and use this in my photography?”
She is also interested in the science that she believes already exists within te reo Māori. “The word for tree is rākau and within that one word is explained the process of photosynthesis. I do really believe it is as simple as this! That is what I love about te reo Māori. It is such a rich conceptual language. Everything is connected.
This is going to be a journey for her. “Going home to Taranaki is always a personal journey for me. I am always changed when I return to the East Coast from being below our maunga. And I know this place, our maunga (mountain), our whenua (land) and our moana (sea) are special and whatever is going to be created, it will be beautiful.”
Home within: the hook follows from a work completed by van Kerkhoff and McGlinn for the Second nature Intercreate exhibition in Istanbul. Here a spiral structure is proposed, to contain and reveal five videos which span subjects such as the world of Maori, Taranaki, growing up, and rivers.
Nigel Helyer will create a work for “3rd nature”, a customization of an existing structure that enables the playback of audio files to be controlled by live environmental data. Helyer is proposing to locate the speakers in Pukekura Park, so that the local environment will generate the audio. This will be showcased on Sunday February 3rd in Pukekura Park in the afternoon.