SCANZ 2017: Ocean*Energy Mahia
About the Project
SCANZ 2017: Ocean*Energy – brings participants to Mahia on the East Coast of the North Island, Aotearoa NZ. In some ways, in direct contrast to the home based Taranaki landscape of previous SCANZ, the location gives another perspective, another gathering of people to share in conversation, collaboration & creative practice, exploring the theme of Ocean*Energy.
We acknowledge our indigenous connections within the 2017 Ocean*Energy theme & our residency location at Te Mahia Peninsula is a site of significance for local Māori. We will be hosted by tangata whenua and Tidal Arts Incorporated Society who will support & guide us while we are there.
The core of this residency will be eleven people – four international, eight local & two satellite participants based in the USA. A number of local community participants will also support and participate in the residency during the 10 days.
The residency will focus on process, collaboration and research, a different take to SCANZ residencies in the past. There will be emphasis on an indigenous way of thinking in circles, a linear structure being woven throughout, giving a solid foundation with an opportunity to flow into different time, space, dimension.
The residency will include a circle gathering space that residents will come into at different times during the 10 days, as a way of listening, learning & understanding another perspective. Each participant will add their own experiences, knowledge and skills, bringing new understanding to the theme of Ocean*Energy.
Participants will bring with them a project that will interact & perhaps morph into more projects as the residency progresses & hopefully with new understanding as to the importance of process, collaboration, creativity & conversation. An opportunity to see another perspective and further develop one’s creative practice as well as contribute to the practices of others & the wider global conversations on environmental issues.
The residency will be documented through audio, photography and video and at the completion, will be collated as a resource to reference in the future.
Confirmed participants are:
Tracey Benson (Canberra, Australia)
Nina Czegledy (Hungary, Toronto Canada)
Stacey Aglok & Nalajoss (Nunavut – Arctic Circle)
Inaaha Te Urutahi Waikerepuru (Taranaki, Aotearoa)
Kura Puke (Wellington, Aotearoa)
Stu Foster (Wellington, Aotearoa)
Josiah Jordan (Wellington, Aotearoa)
Jo Tito (Gisborne, Aotearoa)
Desna Whaanga-Schollum (Auckland, Mahia Aotearoa)
Joan Ropiha (Mahia, Aotearoa)
Terangi Roimata Kutia-Tataurangi (Maraetaha, Aotearoa)
Jim Werner (California USA – satellite)
Ava Werner (California USA – satellite)
Feb 28th 2017
First international participants arrive.
March 1st 2017
Remainder of national, local participants arrive into Gisborne – travel to Mahia for residency.
Mihi Whakatau – Welcome for first arrivals
March 2nd 2017
Final participants arrive – Mihi Whakatau – welcome
SCANZ 2017: Ocean*Energy officially begins
March 12th 2017
Final day of residency