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Night Projections at SCANZ 2015

A still from the montage by Inahaa Te Urutahi Waikerepuru

A still from the montage by Inahaa Te Urutahi Waikerepuru

Four artists will present video projects at night in Pukekura Park, starting 9pm on Friday 30th January on the Boat Shed Lawn. The evening runs until 11pm. The evening commences the SCANZ 2015 International Celebration of Water and Peace, with events starting at the Huatoki Plaza on Saturday 31st of January and Sunday 1st February starting at 11am and running till 4pm.

The night projection artists are:

Inahaa Te Urutahi Waikerepuru
Warrior Mountain of Peace
This montage is based on the birth of our landscape of Aotearoa and the greatest love story ever told, that abides deep within the caverns and crevasses of Papa-tu-a-nuku.

Jo Tito
Project Peace Mandala
This work has been created from photographic images of nature. Mandala is a Sanskrit word for circle, it is a symbol that has resonated with me all my life and in my journey as an artist.

Claire Brunet
Susan Fryberg
Convergence
This work is an interactive night time projection in which the concept of water and its sustainability is investigated, through a convergence of 3D digital objects with recordings of water and voices.

Allan Giddy
Night swimmer
A Sisyphean swimmer toils relentlessly against the current. His single stroke, trapped in an endless glitch of video, pulls a moment into a string of moments, into a night of moments.

For longer project descriptions by the artists read more here.

Additional works created by SCANZ participants will also be viewable on the night.

Two Nunavut artists to take part in SCANZ water and peace

Tungilik challenges views on Inuit art - the work above, selected for the Venice Biennale, is a poignantly comic take on the territory’s addictions - gambling, smoking and drinking

Tungilik challenges views on Inuit art – the work above, selected for the Venice Biennale, is a poignantly comic take on the territory’s addictions—gambling, smoking and drinking

Intercreate.org, Te Matahiapo Indigenous Research Organisation, Creative New Zealand and the Western Institute of Technology at Taranki are honoured to host two Nunavut (Canadian Inuit) artists to the SCANZ residency: Jesse Tungilik and Stacey Aglok MacDonald. They will attend the SCANZ2015:water*peace international celebration of water and peace in Nga Motu New Plymouth from January 17th to February 1st. Both embrace the difficult and complex questions of what identity means in current society.

The Nunavut Territory is the newest territory in Cananda, and one of the largest and least populated regions in North America and Europe. Nunavut have lived there for at least 4000 years. The land claims agreement with the government of 1992 was ratified by 85% of Nanavut and the territory officially established in 1999.

Both artists will have work on show on the final weekend of SCANZ, Saturday 31st and Sunday 1st February in Huatoki Plaza and Puke Ariki landing. Aglok MacDonald’s video work will be projected under the road at the sea end of Puke Ariki landing, and the site for work by Jesse Tungilik will be revealed on the day.

Jesse Tungilik is a Pangnirtung, Nunavut-based bench jeweler and contemporary Inuit artist who grew up in several different communities in Nunavut and the North West Territories. His first foray into the Inuit art world was when he was just eight years old working after school at the Matchbox Ceramics Gallery in Rankin Inlet, and had his first show a year later at a bank lobby in Yellowknife, NWT.

He then took a hiatus from art to pursue education and his other passions such as travel and environmental and cultural advocacy. These passions brought him far and wide from the vast ice fields of Antarctica, to the Moai of Easter Island to the Steppes of Mongolia. He has worked extensively with indigenous people’s organizations both professionally through positions with the national Inuit organization Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Inuit Youth Council, the Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples Secretariat, and personally; participating in Indigenous youth exchanges in Norway and Finland.

Jesse rekindled his love of creating art in his mid-20s working at the Aayuraa Jewelry Studio in Iqaluit where he was mentored by master artist Mathew Nuqingaq. Jesse has drawn inspiration from his many adventures and encounters with indigenous peoples from around the world to create art that reflected his experiences. He has strived to push the boundaries of his creative practice by experimenting with many different art forms and media. In addition to the jewelry that he makes primarily out of silver, ivory, baleen and muskox horn, he has painted public murals, made mixed media sculptures, created political assemblage pieces, dabbled in charcoal and oil pastel portraiture, and has written short fiction stories.

His work has been exhibited at Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association Art Festivals in Iqaluit, Nunavut and at the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, NWT and has also been featured in publications such as Up Here Magazine and Northern Public Affairs Magazine. Currently, his focus has shifted to arts administration working for the Government of Nunavut Department of Economic Development & Transportation as Intern Manager of Cultural Industries.

This is a production still from 'Throat Voices' produced by Stacey Aglok MacDonald, which addressed complex issues of culture and identity, embracing Nunavut identity and including issues that are pertinent to New Zealand - youth suicide for one

This is a production still from ‘Throat Voices’ produced by Stacey Aglok MacDonald, which addressed complex issues of culture and identity, embracing Nunavut identity and including issues that are pertinent to New Zealand – youth suicide for one

Stacey Aglok MacDonald is originally from Kugluktuk, a small community in western Nunavut. She first became involved in filmmaking in 2004 as a production assistant and character on the documentary series Staking The Claim: Dreams, Democracy and Canadian Inuit, which is now used as educational curriculum in high schools across the Nunavut territory.

Other projects that she has led have included training youth in over 20 communities across Arctic Canada in film production and editing, and producing workshops for youth on Acting and Performance as well as Inuvialuit Drum Dancing.

In 2012, Stacey won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Short Drama for her 17-minute live-action film Throat Song. She has produced a number of music videos in collaboration with other Nunavut-based filmmakers and musicians including The Jerry Cans and The Trade Offs. Today she is producing and directing two Inuktitut television series which are broadcast on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, one of which is a popular youth-oriented television show called Qanurli? and the other is a call-in talk show called Qanuq Isumavit.

She has a feature film in development and plans on writing and directing a new short film in the coming year. Stacey currently resides in Iqaluit, Nunavut with her 6 year old daughter.

Water health with Kevin Archer and Chris Fowles of TRC

This is the programme for the activity led by Chris Fowles and Kevin Archer, as part of SCANZ 2015 International Celebration of Water and Peace in central New Plymouth on Saturday 31st January 2015.

11.00am -11.30am

· We will talk in general terms about Council monitoring of Taranaki rivers and streams and in particular the Huatoki Stream, focusing on the macroinvertebrates and how we use their presence or absence as an indicator of water quality.

· We will mention our school’s education programme from primary up to Y13 science programmes involving our use of SHMAK ( Stream Health Measurement and Assessment Kit).

· We will touch on how we also use water turbidity and temperature readings as other indicators.

· We will have on display several trays of water samples(containing invertebrates) that we have taken earlier in the morning from a site further upstream. We will have on hand appropriate identification sheets to help us come up with a ‘score’ for the water quality at that site.

11.30am-12.15pm – Practical session
For safety reasons we will not expect people to get into the stream but Chris and I will as we will be wearing waders. We will gather samples from the stream, put them into our large white trays and ask people to try and identify the invertebrates along the same lines as we did in the talk itself. Again we will have appropriate identification sheets on hand. We will also get some people to look along the turbidity tube to gauge the clarity of the water plus ask people to read the thermometers.

12.15pm -12.30pm – review of session and questions.

SCANZ 2015 programme

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This is the final programme for SCANZ 2015 events running from Friday 30th January to Sunday February 1st.

 


 

SCANZ 2015 INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION OF WATER AND PEACE

Artists and performers from Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Canada, America, Vanuatu and Nanavut Territory

Night time projections Pukekura Park 9-11pm Friday 30th January, starting at the Boat Shed Lawn

For further information in the form of short descriptions of the works to be projected, read more here.

 


 

International Day in Puke Ariki Landing and Huatoki Plaza 11am – 4pm Saturday 31st January

 

11-4pm Artworks will be displayed along the Huatoki stream, from the sea end up to Redcoat Lane.

Allan Giddy (NZ/Australia) has an installation where the Huatoki meets the sea. Tracey Benson (Australia) will be at Huatoki Plaza to demonstrate her augmented reality installation Words for Water. USA artists James Werner and Ava Werner have a GPS locative work and an installation respectively in Sir Victor Davies Park. Prim Rose Wari (Vanuatu) has woven work near the Red Coat Lane bridge, along with Vicki Smith from the West Coast of the South Island.

11am – 4pmFluid City, artists from the University of Auckland with activities for all ages, up in Huatoki Plaza.

11am – 4pm – Children’s art about Water and Peace, made at the Quirky Creative workshops during the week.

11am – 12.30 – find out all about water for kids of all ages with Kevin Archer, TRC Education Officer and Chris Fowles. The session includes looking at water samples for the tiny creatures living there and finding out how healthy the water samples are. Chris and Kevin will be there in thigh waders and take samples from the Huatoki Stream. They will be on Puke Ariki landing.

1.00pm – Dance performances in the lower area of Huatoki Plaza.

2pm – Launch of the Vanuatu Women’s Water Music DVD beginning in Huatoki Plaza and moving to at Puke Ariki landing.

2.30pm – Riverside cinema – video by artists on water and peace under the road at Puke Ariki landing.

7.00pm – 11pm Riverside cinema – video by artists on water and peace under the road at Puke Ariki landing.

 


 

Walking hui-symposium on water and peace 11am – 4pm Sunday 1st February, meet at Huatoki Plaza

Take part in discussions about water and peace, and hear artists talk about their work.

RAIN VENUE: ART / F BLOCK, WITT (20 Bell Street, New Plymouth)

11-4pm Artworks along the Huatoki stream (see above for details). If it rains, the Walking Symposium will be held up at the WITT campus – meeting at F Block.

7.00pm – 11pm Riverside cinema – video by artists on water and peace under the road at Puke Ariki landing.

Come along and join any event for as long as you like, there is no need to book

Sponsored by Intercreate.org, Creative New Zealand, Te Matahiapo, TSB Community Trust, Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki and the Intercreate.org community

 


 

Quirky Creative – SCANZ 2015 Water and Peace Programme

The following programme is for ages 5+ to adult – bring the family!

Mon 26 Jan 1-4pm
Vessels: Mosaic baths for birds or bees, or mosaic glass water bottles

Tue 27 Jan 10am-1pm
Psychedelic Hippy Day: Tie-dye shirts with a peace message

Wed 28 Jan 1-4pm
Raindrop Art: Glistening drops to display later at Huatoki Plaza

Fri 30 Jan 10am-1pm
Art Abandonment
: Tiny projects made to be abandoned and found

Sat 31 Jan 11am-4pm

Visit the Quirky Kids space at the Huatoki Plaza

Programmes held at Creative Focus, Block C, WITT

Booking is essential due to limited spaces. For more info contact Quirky Creative.

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Water, food and resources at SCANZ

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Lemon verbena in October 2014 (left) and December (right). This kind of growth based on solar energy and water is one of the most outstanding characteristics of nature.

As SCANZ 2015 is about water and peace, we need to consider our resource usage. At this page on Waterfootprint.org, you can scroll though products to find the calculated water footprint of that product. The global average of water required for one cup of coffee is 132 litres of water. Clearly we need to work on this and related issues in regard to our diet.

At the same time, at SCANZ we are not interested in being policemen in regard to the environment and environmental issues. We just want people to think about their consumption and make adjustments. At Intercreate we are seeking a space where we can all connect in regard to the environment.

As organisers of the SCANZ residency, we are working on ways to reduce our water footprint. We usually supply tea, coffee beans and a coffee grinder because our largely artist group loves coffee. However, for 2015 water*peace we are considering not supplying coffee on Fridays, and only providing locally grown herbal tea: lemon verbena. This is because the best way to reduce water footprint is to consume locally grown products. The verbena will be fresh and available through the week, and we can also access a small amount of fresh bergamot, the herbal leaf form which is similar to the flavour of Earl Grey.

In addition, rather than purchasing the coffee solely on the basis of taste, we will be purchasing Fair Trade Organic. This is because we do want to support those growers in the Fair Trade scheme, who often are local people rather than multinational companies.

We are very lucky to be having WITT involved in the residency as we have negotiated being able to pick from the communal garden in return for watering and tending. Anyone who is picking or gardening will be asked to treat resources carefully, and to never pick an entire crop. We are also intent on getting food from local suppliers as much as possible.

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

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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Call for water*peace presentations

Photo of Wai by Jo Tito

Photo by Jo Tito

Intercreate.org is seeking submissions for a walking symposium to be held on Sunday 1st of February 2015 in Nga Motu New Plymouth as part of SCANZ2015.

We seek 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 stream walkway. As will be apparent from the discussion threads, a diverse and inclusive hui/symposium is sought. Presenters will be grouped into panels with each person speaking for 10 minutes followed by discussion.

To apply please go to http://tinyurl.com/scanz2015. Submissions are open until December 1st.

Images of the Huatoki walkway can be found here.

SCANZ is a partnership between Intercreate, Creative New Zealand and the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki.

 

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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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