• SCANZ 2015: water*peace

    SCANZ2015 Water and peace are two essential components to life and sustainability. Science today is providing overwhelming evidence of the interconnection of humans to the environment and other species, just as indigenous peoples have always known them to be. Join together with those from the arts, sciences and humanities, across cultural boundaries in January 2015. See more »

Lifeforce Water Elixir Generating Bowl by Tom Greenbaum

The Lifeforce Water Elixir Generating Bowl is a battery-powered Inner Peace Machine and sculpted art piece. The art work is to be set up on a table top sited along a river walkway.

The design incorporates a healing crystal, an etched-copper chime and a kiln-fused and slumped glass bowl. The glass bowl is held within a set of two gimbals actuated by two servos. The glass bowl holds pure spring water to be transformed into an elixir energized with lifeforce energy. The purpose of the servos and gimbals is to gently rock the bowl so that the spring water is swirled in a circular motion. A ring of 16 pure white LED lamps are arranged in a circle shining up into the bowl from the base.

The automated sequence of servos swirling the water in the bowl, the sounding of the chime and the illumination of the LED lights are controlled by a microprocessor. The programmed actions of the art piece take place within a coordinated ritual in which the audience participates.

The audience is asked to visualize Peace and to energetically charge the water with positive vibrations. The audience thereby empowers the transformation of the swirling water contained in the bowl into an Elixir of Peace. For the finale of the ceremony, the bowl is removed from the gimbals and taken down to the waterway where the water is poured into the flowing current. In this way, the Elixir of Peace spreads blessings to all of the surrounding area and to the entire Earth.

The Lifeforce Water Elixir Generating Bowl is organized and structured according to sacred geometry and the 5 elements system of the Mahabhuta. This Inner Peace Machine utilizes the elements of nature and the balancing cycles and rhythms of nature. Water is the vital essence of life, consciousness and contains the secret to ultimate peace.

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Water Resistance by Ricardo Del Farra

Water resistance is a series of sound/music works focusing on water, our environment and the search for peace, created by composers/artists from around the world.

An event focusing on peace, awareness, diversity, knowledge and understanding, having water and our environment as the key elements.

Acousmatic music and sound art for a peaceful listening.

A session to hear, to reflect, to feel, to exchange and to inspire actions as well. In an open air environment or a large hall, a series of electroacoustic pieces linking art, water and peace.

As a first draft for WATER RESISTANCE, some works are listed below as an example of the variety of approaches and styles of the pieces to be programmed, the overall compositional quality, and the origins of the composers/artists. It is not a final list of works. The program for SCANZ 2015 will include works by recognized artists from around the world; pieces created for the ‘art! ⋈ climate’ project, a collaboration between the Balance-Unbalance project and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre; and probably pieces that will be created during 2014, specially for this event.
Agua by Antonio Russek (Mexico) – ‘art! ⋈ climate’ project –
Many Drops by Richard Garrett (UK) – ‘art! ⋈ climate’ project –
Dripsody by Hugh Le Caine (Canada) –
Electrohidrofonía by Damián Paul Espina (Argentina) – ‘art! ⋈ climate’ project –
Stati d’Acqua by David Monacchi (Italy) –
Riverrun by Barry Truax (Canada) –
- Between my Sky and your Water by Ricardo Dal Farra (Canada/Argentina) -

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Words for Water by Tracey Benson

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Words for water is an exploration into the many aspects of the chemical of H20. Water makes up over 70 per cent of the human body, it is essential for sustaining life and has massive social and cultural significance.

Water may seem ubiquitous, but it has some rather uncommon properties. At the atomic level, water can influence how life and landscapes form, such as how water moves through a plant and how rivers meander around bends. It is also the only chemical that be formed in three states – vapour, liquid and solid.

My focus will be on expanding an ongoing project that uses augmented media tools to evoke a meditative work focusing on the concept water. Stage 1 of “Words for Water” was presented at the MARart exhibition held as part of ISMAR2013 (The International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality).

By using a visual ‘trigger’ audiences are able to use their mobile phones and hand held devices to access the work. The work is designed to be totally transportable and ‘fluid’, allowing people to access the work from both physical and virtual spaces.

The process for developing the content has involved using online social networks to gather the word for water in many languages. To date I have gathered over thirty languages, including eight Indigenous Australian languages. This project seeks to raise awareness of the significance of water to humanity – its critical importance to our existence: spirituality, culture, health and ecological sustainability.

At the SCANZ residency, the goal is to build on the collaborative aspect of this project by engaging other residents and participants to add their stories about water.

The intention is to also exhibit the existing video piece as a projection and as an augmented media work in the exhibition/screening.

This project is seen as an evolving dialogue about the importance of water to all humanity and our need to acknowledge water as integral to life and spirit.

 


 

Useful links

http://bytetime.4ormat.com/
http://geokult.com/2013/10/07/auras-for-words-for-water/
http://geokult.com/2013/09/22/words-for-water-stage-1-ismar2013-and-marart/
http://geokult.com/2013/10/07/words-for-water-stage-1-some-documentation/
http://youtu.be/Dd0SqODdIOU


 

 

This description comes from the proposal for SCANZ 2015:water*peace

 

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Huatoki walkway: history unveiled

It is interesting that following a river cuts across the urban city landscape and the corresponding histories of place. Nature and heritage are often obscured when the experience of place is  dominated by being in buildings, and walking, taking a bus or driving the streets. To follow a river is to connect them all.

This is across the street from the car parks and the entrance to the Huatoki walkway proper

This is across the street from the car parks and the entrance to the Huatoki walkway proper

This is the under pass to which the sign is adjacent

This is the under pass to which the sign is adjacent

 

The track is quite wide at points, with the banks off to the left. Once again looking upstream

The track is quite wide at points, with the banks off to the left. Once again looking upstream

 

This looks like a collection of boulders, but once was a large marker rock used by local iwi (tribes). It was dynamited in the colonial era

This looks like a collection of boulders, but once was a large marker rock used by local iwi (tribes). It was dynamited in the colonial era

 

On the opposite bank of the river are the footings of an old water powered flour mill

On the opposite bank of the river are the footings of an old water powered flour mill

 

Another pile of boulders, another dynamited marker rock

Another pile of boulders, another dynamited marker rock

 

The area of the stream bank around the second rock

The area of the stream bank around the second rock

 

Looking back downstream toward the area of the second rock

Looking back downstream toward the area of the second rock

 

Grinding stones from the several mills that once were located here

Grinding stones from the several mills that once were located here

 

The view looking upward toward the end of the town centre part of the walkway. If needed further sites are located beyond

The view looking upward toward the end of the town centre part of the walkway. If needed further sites are located beyond

 

Signpost marking the end of this passage of the walkway

Signpost marking the end of this passage of the walkway

 

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Journey of a river/stream walkway: the Huatoki

The Huatoki runs under the main street of New Plymouth, then emerges in a mix of rustic walkway with hybrid plants and trees.

This small park is the continuation of the walkway, heading upstream

This small park is the continuation of the walkway, heading upstream

 

Looking downstream, back toward the main street of New Plymouth. The two trees on the left are marked historic by the Council and must be preserved.

Looking downstream, back toward the main street of New Plymouth. The two trees on the left are marked historic by the Council and must be preserved.

 

This small area above the banks of the previous photo could be a site for a work or perhaps one of the stop points on the walking symposium

This small area above the banks of the previous photo could be a site for a work or perhaps one of the stop points on the walking symposium

 

This photo is taken from a small bridge - too small for art works, but there is a car park next to it. The banks are quite steep though. This car park has a market on the weekends

This photo is taken from a small bridge – too small for art works, but there is a car park next to it (next photo). The banks are quite steep though. This car park has a market on the weekends

 

The car park on the left bank looking down stream. There is a car park on the right as well

The car park on the left bank looking down stream. There is a car park on the right as well

 

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Huatoki River walkway – SCANZ 2015:water*peace art work sites

This next set of photos connects from the landing outside Puke Ariki, across the road to the Huatoki Plaza.

On the bridge looking up stream, with the 30-60cm drop creating rapids.

On the bridge looking up stream, with the 30-60cm drop creating rapids.

 

Looking into the Plaza, beyond the pedestrian walk bridge

Looking into the Plaza, beyond the pedestrian walk bridge

 

The lower part of the Plaza forms a natural amphitheater. At this point the Huatoki disappears under one and a half blocks of buildings

The lower part of the Plaza forms a natural amphitheater. At this point the Huatoki disappears under one and a half blocks of building

 

To the left of the amphitheater, showing some of the building murals by local artists

To the left of the amphitheater, showing some of the building murals by local artists

 

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Huatoki walkway announced as site for SCANZ water*peace art works

The Huatoki walkway and Plaza are now reserved for SCANZ 2015:water*peace events. We are particularly pleased the New Plymouth District Council has supported our project in this way, as it means we will be able to locate creative works along the Huatoki walkway, for temporary exhibition on Sunday February 2nd 2015.

The Huatoki River is site of many stories, dating from pre-European times to industrial usages, through to the current walkway/recreational purpose. A range of site types can be offered to successful artists.

 

This is where the Huatoki meets the sea. This view is looking downstream. The The walkway crosses above

This is where the Huatoki meets the sea. This view is looking downstream. The walkway crosses above

 

This image captures a little better, the atmosphere of the area with the road going over the top

This image captures a little better, the atmosphere of the area with the road going over the top

 

Looking upstream from the previous photo. This part of the Huatoki runs in front of Puke Ariki museum and Library

Looking upstream from the previous photo. This part of the Huatoki runs in front of Puke Ariki museum and Library

 

A slightly better view of the lower part of the landing area, which is landscaped back up to the right, until Puke Ariki Museumis reached

A slightly better view of the lower part of the landing area, which is landscaped back up to the right, until Puke Ariki Museum is reached

 

Looking upstream from the landing, the Huatoki again passes under a road. Beyond the pipe and through the other side you can see where the stream drops 30-60cm (1-2 feet)

Looking upstream from the landing, the Huatoki again passes under a road. Beyond the pipe and through the other side you can see where the stream drops 30-60cm (1-2 feet)

 

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Partners

Intercreate.org works with the following project partners on an ongoing basis.

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Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa The Arts Council of New Zealand (CNZ). CNZ has supported us from the first SCANZ in 2006, through to SCANZ in 2009 and 2011, along with one of our international projects in Istanbul. They now support us with recurrent funding through the Kahikatea programme which includes SCANZ 2013, SCANZ 2015 and Media Art Projects.

 


 

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Te Matahiapo Indigenous Research Organisation(TeMIRO) play a strong role in our major activities. Prior to forming as TeMIRO, many of their prominent members were involved in our activities. In 2006, Tengaruru Wineera introduced Dr Te Huirangi Waikerepuru to the SCANZ artists in two visits, one of which included the scanning of a pounamu patu (greenstone club), a heritage artefact.

Prior to SCANZ 2009: raranga tangata Tengaruru and Intercreate Director Ian Clothier discussed interconnections between Maori knowledge and Western knowledge, leading to the symposium being themed on the idea of a bridge between knowledges.

At SCANZ 2011: Eco sapiens Dr Waikerepuru spoke about Wai – water or flow – in many senses. This lead to the inclusion of Wai related works in Te Kore Rongo Hungaora in Istanbul ISEA 2011, and later an exhibition themed on Wai in Albuquerque at ISEA 2012. This is coming to even greater expression with SCANZ 2015: water*peace. Te Urutahi Waikerepuru is our main contact for Te Matahaipo.

At SCANZ 2013, we were very pleased to include Dr Waikerepurus’ Te Taiao Maori in the exhibition. This was the animated version of the Istanbul chart, which had only previously been exhibited in Rio de Janeiro.

Te Matahiapo was established in 2012, and were project partners for SCANZ 2013:3rd nature. They provide cultural consultancy and cultural audit for us, as well as advice and networking. Dr Waikerepuru is also providing us with leadership in terms of concepts. We are honoured to work alongside them.

 


 

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The Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) is Taranki’s polytechnic and is a strong supporter of Intercreate. WITT has provided us with resources and spaces for each SCANZ event – workspaces, eating spaces, symposium rooms, access to the internet, tools and equipment along with administrative facilities such as ongoing use of a desk and computer.

Each SCANZ residency is located in the Art, Design and Media rooms on campus.

 


 

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The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery has been a project partner since inception, with financial input and hosting artist talks at SCANZ 2006, hosting an exhibition and symposium in 2009, hosting a popup exhibition for Eco sapiens, direct curatorial input and support into 2013 3rd nature and ongoing support such as assistance with outdoor venues for SCANZ 2015.

 


 

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Environment

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reload_synch_refresh by Darko Fritz, a SCANZ 2013 project which is permanently installed in Pukekura Park, Nga Motu New Plymouth, pointing to the need to refresh our relationship with the environment

Concern for the environment is a major driver of Intercreate projects. This is partly due to global warming and species loss, and is also due to our engagement with indigenous groups, for whom the environment is of urgent concern. This has resulted in projects in our local botanic garden, and partner projects that involve indigenous peoples. Our main cultural partner is Te Matahiapo Indigenous Research Organisation.

 


 

Another pile of boulders, another dynamited marker rock

A section of the Huatoki river/stream walkway passes through central New Plymouth Nga Motu

While we were very pleased with the SCANZ 2013 exhibition in Puke Ariki library museum, for SCANZ 2015, we want to locate art works along a river walkway, the Huatoki.

 


 

Intercreate has a permanently installed data sensor to internet connection in Pukekura Park, first used for the project 'The Park Speaks'.

Intercreate has a permanently installed data sensor to internet connection in Pukekura Park, first used for the project The Park Speaks above.

Collaborators on The Park Speaks were Ian Clothier (system concept), Julian Priest, Andrew Hornblow, Adrian Soundy, Aafke Visser, Mark Dwyer, Aafke Visser, Peter Wareing and Jock McQueenie.

 


 

The data to internet to control audio system, built for 'The Park Speaks' was used for 'Wai', exhibited in Albuquerque as part of ISEA 2012

The data to internet to control audio system, built for The Park Speaks was used for Wai, exhibited in Albuquerque as part of ISEA 2012

Wai was a milestone in our collaboration with Te Matahiapo. Following the direction given by Dr Te Huirangi Waikerepuru, we endeavoured to involve local indigenous groups. Via Jo Tito we were put in contact with Gordon Bronitsky, who was able to establish links for us to Navajo or Dineh people. This resulted in Andrew Thomas contributing the audio that was heard, and Johnson Dennison, a Navajo Medicine Man contributing to our tomo whakaari (dawn opening ceremony). This was an extraordinary event.

 


 

This is the test set up in Noosa Australia, where we connected the plant on the left and a tree in New Zealand to our project website and their live voltage data to control audio files.

This is the test set up in Noosa Australia, where we connected the plant on the left and a tree in New Zealand to our project website and their live voltage data to control audio files.

Using the system established for The Park Speaks we tested connecting across the Tasman sea, joining Australia and New Zealand in one integrated creative system. Trans-Tasman integration project has become World Tree Orchestra which seeks to connect trees globally.

 


 

This data sensor by Pierre Proske measured soil moisture content, which was relayed to a set of output devices mounted on poles. Audio based on the data was output at dusk.

This data sensor by Pierre Proske measured soil moisture content, which was relayed to a set of output devices mounted on poles. Audio based on the data was output at dusk.

Additional projects in Pukekura Park include Brickets by Pierre Proske. Intercreate has a resident Creative Engineer Andrew Hornblow, who assisted Proske with developing the technology to broadcast data as audio during dusk. This was a SCANZ 2013 project.

 


 

Layers of audio by Nigel Helyer referenced multiple notions of underworld and filled one end of the Fernery in Pukekura Park botanic garden.

Layers of audio by Nigel Helyer referenced multiple notions of underworld and filled one end of the Fernery in Pukekura Park botanic garden.

The above project by Nigel Helyer Songs from the Underworld, was received postively by visitors to the Fernery in Pukekura Park, and adopted by the staff who maintain the park and the Fernery. Some of the audio included chanting by members of Te Matahiapo, in a work that engaged with ideas of the Underworld, in both Western cultural and Maori terms.

 


 

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scanz2015:water*peace-call

Call for projects

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Water*peace

Water is essential to survival, revered and respected worldwide for its power, curative and creative abilities. Water as a resource has become intensely politicised and monetised, in contrast to the view that access to fresh water is a fundamental human right. Peace is also essential to the sustainability of humans on Earth. Join us to discuss and put forward positive, connecting views on water and peace that engages our community. This is the first call for projects and residency with submissions due November 8, 2013 (this allows for planning and fundraising). Read more…

Noho marae

SCANZ2015: water*peace will be the fifth SCANZ residency and starts in January 2015. It will commence with noho marae (overnight stay) at Parihaka, world renowned as a site of peaceful protest. The stay coincides with the 18th and 19th, when Te Whiti and Tohu, leaders of the peace movement are celebrated.

Open residency

This will be followed by a two week open, creative and interdisciplinary residency. It is our hope that tangata whenua, indigenous peoples, New Zealanders and other global citizens will be able to take part.

We are suggesting that artists, environmentalists, technologists, scientists, writers, performers, dancers and people interested in the positive aspects of water and peace, all take part. Anyone can submit a project in one or more of the categories listed further down this page.

Temporary works in public space

We would like to have five to seven temporary works in public space, shown for one day or overnight on the final weekend of the residency. These will be sited along a river walkway. No power will be provided at the sites, so solar, wind, and water powered projects are suitable (battery and static install are two further options).

Day of public activities about water, water quality and peace

We are seeking proposals for a day of activities that engage our local community in issues around water and peace.

Night time building projections

We are seeking projection works about water or peace, to be projected on to the side of a local building in the evening.

Online exhibition

Links to water and peace resources online will be collated. Included will be a curated selection of online projects about water and/or peace.

SCANZ hui

On the final weekend of the residency there will be a SCANZ hui. Day one is at WITT, the local polytechnic and allows for presentations that require technology, the internet, projectors etc. Day two is a walking symposium to view the artworks and have thematic discussions in the environment of the river walkways.

A separate call for hui/symposium presentations will be made at a later date, through the same application page on Easy Chair.

Categories of projects

Water and/or Peace residency and temporary public work (residency with public exhibition project)
Water and/or Peace residency (residency without an exhibited project)
Water and/or Peace temporary public work (no residency, public exhibition project)
Public activity day project
Night time projection on building
Online exhibition
Pure research

Process

Applicants should download the pdf application form by clicking the link below. This should be filled out and attached to the application made at EasyChair.

IMPORTANT: Fill out the SCANZ application pdf first, then go to Easy Chair and make yourself a log in. After entering your contact information, project title and submission abstract (max  500 words, target 350) with keywords, tick the appropriate category and topic. Upload the completed SCANZ pdf form in the field that says ‘Paper’. In the field that says ‘Attachment’ upload a  .pdf, .doc, .docx or .txt which contains a a one page CV and a project image.

A two stage process will be used. Successful applicants will then be able to apply for accommodation and/or food subsidies from Intercreate. It will also be possible to apply for micro budgets for the public event one day of activities and river walkway art works.

This first call for applications is due on November 8, 2013. While this is early, it will allow successful applicants to commence planning and fundraising. A second call will be made at a later date.

 

Useful links

Background to the project and issues of water and peace.

This short video is made by the people of Parihaka about Parihaka.

Pdf SCANZ2015 Application Form. Right click and download the form, open it in Acrobat and fill it out (Mac users, you cannot use Preview, it has to be Acrobat). Then attach the SCANZ form to your EasyChair submission.

EasyChair submission page.

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  • About Intercreate

    Intercreate.org facilitates projects in the areas of art,science, technology and indigenous knowledge. Our main project is SCANZ, a biennial event that includes a hui-symposium, a two week group residency and an exhibition. Other recent projects include exhibitions in Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro and Albuquerque. Creative New Zealand, Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT), the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Puke Ariki are project partners.