projects and exhibitions

This page has introductory information about public projects, which include those in Taranaki, our biennial project SCANZ, exhibitions in Albuquerque, Istanbul, Rio and in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Media Art Projects

Ko tatou te tangata

The laser light traveled three kilometres on it’s journey to the former pah site, past onlookers

Ko tatou te tangata

Ko Tatou Te Tangata by Stuart Foster and Kura Puke, with Dr Te Huirangi Waikerepuru and Te Urutahi Waikerepuru, utilises laser light technology to carry sound and was selected as an Intercreate Media Art Project in 2014. The laser light was transmitted from Katere Ki Te Moana marae 3kms to the site of Te Rewa Rewa pah and carried waiata, karakia and karanga which could be heard from speakers in a Ti Kouka tree.

Detailed and comprehensive statement of the process of the artwork by artists Stu Foster and Kura Puke.

Ko tatou te tangata:talk by Glenn Skipper

Ko Tatou te Tangata-proposal

Presentation of Pattern Recognition to the Westland District Library
Pattern recognition
Pattern Recognition

Pattern Recognition by Vicki Smith and Aroha Timoti integrated traditional tukutuku with QR coding

Both traditional weaving in the form of tukutuku, and QR coding utilise a language of positive and negative. Pattern recognition united these two forms of pictorial communication to create a working QR code at the scale of one meter high.

The completed weaving

The completed weaving

The Westland Library interpretation panel

Project report by Vicki Smith

Press release from Vicki Smith

Pattern Recognition project production pages

Sharing the Waiwhakaiho

The River Speaks

Public presentations of the creative projects began with The River Speaks, which used live river data, audio and video

SCANZ 2013: 3rd nature exhibition

Iwasaki Hideo

Iwasaki, Hideo cultures cyanobacteria which then photosynthesise according to the light of the moving image work projected from below (from the 3rd nature exhibition).

The sensory world of sharks

‘The electromagnetic sensory world of sharks’ by Mike Paulin, a Zoologist was projected onto the mesh of a ‘sail’, in the galleries which houses traditional Maori artifacts.

3rd nature at Puke Ariki integrated museum and library. Click here to see works in the 3rd natureshow.

Wai (for ISEA 2012 Albuquerque)

Te Urutahi Waikerepuru, Dine'/Navajo musician Andrew Thomas and his partner, Te Huirangi Waikerepuru, myself, Johnson Dennison, Gordon Bronitsky and Rosemary Dennison just before the ceremonies started.

Te Urutahi Waikerepuru, Dine’/Navajo musician Andrew Thomas and his partner, Te Huirangi Waikerepuru, myself, Johnson Dennison, Gordon Bronitsky and Rosemary Dennison just before the ceremonies started.


Water is essential for life, sacred to many indigenous peoples worldwide and endemic to natural processes. This project connects Maori cosmology, notions of integrated systems, Western art and science in order to reinvigorate our understanding of flow and water. The project reiterates the urgent need to engage with sustainable practices given climate change. It also underlines the importance of listening to the indigenous voice on the environment.

The Wai (Maori for water or flow) project uses technology to connect distant spaces and cultures around the theme of water. Water holds significance for Maori of New Zealand Aotearoa, Navajo/Dine in New Mexico and neighboring regions, and is essential to survival. Isleta Pueblo, Navajo/Dine and Maori ceremonies will be performed as part of the dawn opening for the exhibition.

The project is led by Te Huirangi Waikerepuru and curated by Ian Clothier. It will open September 19th at 516 Arts in Albuquerque. A collective of people spanning four countries and many cultures – Aotearoa New Zealand, USA, Australia, India and representatives of indigenous peoples -are presenting an interconnected project. The collective is known as Te Hunga Wai Tapu (the people for whom water is sacred).

For more information about Wai, check Wai exhibition and Wai participants.

Te Kore Rongo Hungaora Uncontainable Second Nature

allTe Kore Rongo Hungaora Uncontainable Second Nature was a project of ISEA 2011 Istanbul. A travelling version has since been formed, for exhibition in Rio de Janeiro.

The exhibition crosses cultural and discipline boundaries. The location of five themes from within European and Maori world views, provides a framework with which to construct a cultural bridge between Maori and European of New Zealand. Culture is usually presented separated and distinct; given the intercultural bridge, works from art and science are recontextualised as cultural texts symbolic of belief systems. Discipline is not fixed, but fluid in a transformational environment. In the exhibition, digital and post-digital exist in a state of hybridity.

Curated by Ian Clothier with an advisory panel of Nina Czegledy, Trudy Lane and Tengaruru Wineera, for ISEA 2011 Istanbul. Supported by:

Exhibited works

Please see here for a list of all the projects involved in the exhibition »

Exhibition Venues

Venue: Cumhuriyet Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
Dates: September 14th – October 12th, 2011
Exhibition Page: Uncontainable: Second Nature
Related Event: Eco sapiens Round Table

Event: CulturaDigital.Br International Festival
Venue: MAM, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dates: December 2nd–4th, 2011
Exhibition Page: Rongo Hungaora: Second Nature [Travelling]

inter / place

inter / place

The works in the exhibition inter/place present an attempt to come to grips in some way with the notion of multiplicity and a sense of distributed identity. Rather than gather all the artworks up in one area and present them as a selection of works on one theme, the artists taking part in this exhibition have been free to create their own work and explore different exhibition locations for that work. Subsequently none of these works have been placed in the conventional sites for exhibitions in Puke Ariki museum. There is no claim to novelty in this approach but rather the determination that a view based on distributed and multiple identity has been hybridised to the Puke Ariki location.


Puke Ariki – three works in the museum section and one in the library.
Date: December 2 2010 – February 3 2011.
A link to the catalogue is provided below.


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