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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

South Island

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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Project Peace Mandala by Jo Tito

This work will be a collaboration with other artists and consists of large moving mandala projections at night time coupled with sound created from elements of nature and a waiata composed specifically for these projections. Each element of the work is important and will contribute to the overall kaupapa of water and peace.

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Future of electronic arts survey

Intercreate survey

Intercreate has released its first survey on electronic and digital arts, looking into the near future (1-5 years) . While we might speculate on which issues are important, debate the virtues of exhibition in gallery or public space, and have preferences about creative development, using a survey allows us to get a strong picture of where our audience and colleagues are on these issues. We want to know what your thoughts on this are. Help us with this process by filling out the survey now – there are 20 multiple choice questions. Please also circulate this survey among your colleagues.

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Digitized 3D Objects and Audio Signal Convergence by Claire Brunet, Susan Fryberg and Toby Gifford

Salmon computer model

In this project recordings of water are modified through signal processing mechanisms derived from digitized 3D forms appropriated from nature, which themselves are transformed and projected on a white fishing net surface.

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New Plymouth spatial interventions by Allan Giddy and team

Three artists resident in Sydney but originating from England and New Zealand will work for two weeks with the New Plymouth central city area to enliven it for one or two evenings prior to the SCANZ walking symposium. Water is central to the site (between St Aubyns and Ariki) and the works focus their visual and sonic interventions around these features. In this context installation itself becomes a performative act with artists working within the site of an intended audience.

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Water and Peace by Sharmila Samant

Public art should function within the public realm. Its critique negotiates a series of overlapping issues extending from urban hierarchies, diversity, to operations of power. For SCANZ2015, I propose to work within a community were water has a distinct significance either in terms of ancient/ indigenous knowledge, cultural values, metaphysical connections, or political/social contentions.

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Reverie by Kate Richards

I am proposing to undertake practice-led research into the potential for audiences to have a meditative experience – to find ‘peace’ – when viewing water – Kate Richards

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Ringbalen by Ali Sanderson and Ben Pederick

Uncle Major Sumner by the Coorong River

At the SCANZ 2015 residency we would seek to create a geographical cycle of storytelling with local traditional owners and investigate extensions of our current successful work Ringbalin River Stories as an international layer of geolocated narrative and knowledge.

As a part of our residency project we want to take field trips to connect with local traditional owners and investigate their methods of story telling and collaborate to make content such as short films, audio stories and photo stories which we would hope could be presented in a variety of forums and platforms.

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