Pollinator Frocks Project – Karen Ingham

The Pollinator Frocks Project involves members of the public, garden lovers, and bees, butterflies, moths, flowers and plants. Frocks treated to attract pollinating insects are taken on walkabout around the city, parks and surrounds, and hung in Pukekura Park at night.


You are invited to participate:

Karen’s dresses will also be a part of the Festival of Lights events. Come and meet the artist and see her dresses on the below the dates. You might also spot her dresses hanging in the trees along the Festival of Lights walkway at night from 24-28 January.

Daywear for Butterflies

Daywear for Butterflies

Tuesday 18,  Thursday 20, Saturday 22 – 1pm – Meet at the Band Rotunda
If you see a lady covered in butterflies at the festival that will be Karen Ingham in her ‘Daywear for Butterflies’. Come and meet her and ask her about her dresses which are made to attract insects.

Evening wear for Moths

Tuesday 25,  Friday 28 – 8pm – Meet at the Band Rotunda
If you see a lady covered in moths at the festival that will be Karen Ingham in her ‘Evening wear for Moths’. Come and meet her and ask her about her dresses which are made to attract insects.

Fabric design 'Morning Glory, Blue Adonis and Southern Damselfly'

Karen Ingham is an artist, writer, and curator, and a Reader in Art and Science Interactions at Swansea Metropolitan University in the UK. She was born in England but now lives and works in Wales where she was awarded a PhD in 2006 with research into historical and contemporary arts and science collaborations in the anatomical theatre. She is the founder of the science, art and technology network SATnet and in 2009 and she was awarded a Major Creative Wales Arts Prize to develop new ideas around transience, synthesis and sustainability. Her work is internationally exhibited and disseminated and has been shown at the ICA London, the Berlin and Edinburgh Film Festivals, the Enter3 Festival Prague and The National Museum and Gallery of Wales amongst other venues.

Event Venues

Symposium Venue – Owae Marae

Address: 16 North St, 4320, Waitara, New Zealand
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The SCANZ 2011: Eco sapiens symposium is being held as a hui at Owae Marae. Therefore the event is organised as an all-pitch-in arrangement, where we everyone will be helping out with making our own meals together, and sleeping in the shared space of the large wharenui (central meeting house) together, as is customary.


Exhibition In-progress Venue – 109 Devon Street West, New Plymouth

Address: 109 Devon Street West, New Plymouth, New Zealand

A number of the SCANZ 2011: Eco sapiens creative residency projects will in development during the residency period of two weeks, in the public space of 109 Devon Street West. All are welcome to come by and talk with the artists and discuss their projects.


Festival of Lights

Pukekura Park as a Residency Project Venue
A botanical park and garden in central New Plymouth, which is being outfitted with wifi mesh and other implementations that artists and other groups will be able to activate. This is also where the Festival of Lights event is held, of which some of you will be involved. Our meeting point for our events within the Park will be at the Band Rotunda.

Festival of Lights

Friends of Pukekura Park: About the Park

Artist Talks

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Public Events such as Artist Talks
40 Queen Street, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Phone: +64-6 759 6060 | http://govettbrewster.com
Opening hours – 10.00am—5.00pm daily (Closed Christmas Day)

Sustainable Education Projects

Puke Ariki
‘What If?’ exhibition and 60 Springs sustainability education project
1 Ariki Street, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Phone: +64 (6) 759 6060 | http://www.pukeariki.com/
Opening Hours – M, T, Th, Fr – 9.00am—6.00pm
Late night Wednesday – 9.00am—9.00pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays – 9.00am—5.00pm

Other Accommodation

Accommodation on Bell

Please note that if you are in need of accommodation on the 13th due to the early start on the 14th, we recommend Accommodation on Bell. This is also the main residency accommodation for the two weeks following the symposium, and is central to New Plymouth, on the WITT polytechnic campus.

Each of the rooms contain:
* Double or twin single beds
* En-suite toilet/shower
* TV
* Fridge
* Desk or table
* Tea & coffee making facilities
* Bed linen, towels & toiletries
* Telephone and internet connections

Those at Bell have offered the same fantastic rate for those coming for this event, as they have given us for the residency. For those needing to make bookings, the prices and booking contacts are below.

$200 per week
$50 per night

A big thank you to Accommodation on Bell – ♥ – we are very appreciative of this offer.

They can also arrange for airport shuttles to take you between the airport and their premises ($10 per person, per way).

Email: info@accommodationonbell.co.nz
Phone: (06) 968-3002
Physical: The lower entrance is via Hendrie Street
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Other New Plymouth Accommodations

To find accommodation elsewhere in New Plymouth, please see:

Open Call – 2011 Hui/Symposium

SCANZ 2011: Eco sapiens — Hui/Symposium Presentations

Dates: 14-16th of January, 2011
Location: Owae Marae, Waitara, Taranaki

An interdisciplinary discussion on the future of human evolution. How can we re-imagine our relationship with nature?

We invite short presentations from artists, scientists, and cultural commentators on the topics below:


Perspectives on a Species

Scientific, cultural and historical worldviews on energy, ecology and ourselves.
Examples: scales & systems of the universe, human-scale vs geological time perception, evolutionary biology and the human animal, biodiversity, environmental psychology and cultural heritages.


Ecoliteracy & Cultural Adaptation

Adaptive processes and nurturing an ecological literacy and awareness.
Examples: language, novelty and neurology in adaptive processes, sensorial information and learning, food nurturing and nutrition. Citizen science, wonder and imagination. Ideas on the interrelatedness of global systems, complexity and systems thinking.


Rethinking ‘Resources’

Energy and worldviews, ecology and economics, related historical and current views water, soil and land use. Food production/distribution politics.
Examples: co-beneficial relationships. Developing long-term views. Energy, information structures and value systems. Ecoservices and ecological economics. Sustainable consumption and food security and related issues.


Hui/Symposium Overview:


Submit a Presentation Proposal:

December 14, 2010
(please note date update)
Earlier indications/questions are most welcomed.

Enquiries to:

Intercreate is a non-profit, project-based research centre which consists of an international network of people interested in interdisciplinary creativity.


Any sharing with your networks of others who might be interested will be very much appreciated.



Your thoughts, questions, suggestions and ideas are welcomed, so if easier, please don’t hestitate to send us a quick email at: i n f o @ i n t e r c r e a t e . o r g.

Open Workshop Day

Date: 16th of January, 2011
Time: 9.00am marae welcome (Please be prompt).
Location: Owae Marae, Waitara, Taranaki

Come Along and Join Us for the Day!

As a way for the event to feed into and encourage existing local energies, the third day of the hui/symposium will be an open day where everyone is welcome to come and join. 

Below are some of the workshops currently planned from symposium & residency participants. To help us organise for the right numbers, please register your interest for any of these workshops here.


Stone soup – Sophie Jerram

Please bring an ingredient for lunch. Bring some carrots you have picked, a herb you love, or a local delicacy or food item from your region – it doesn’t have to be home grown. Come with a small story as to why you have brought it and energy to prepare the food. We will create some alchemy in the kitchen.
Location: Wharekai/Kitchen   Duration: 3 hrs
Materials: Bring an ingredient, however much you would like.

Toothbrushes of Perception — Michael Paulin and Andrew Hornblow

Mr. Blue Bristlebot

Mike Paulin Associate Professor of Zoology at Otago University will talk about the beginings of perception and the evolution of the first animals and nervous systems over 500 million years ago, relating this to emergent behaviour in simple robots. He is joined by robotics educator Andrew Hornblow to lead a bristlebot workshop where you can learn how to create a small fast moving robot. Suitable for children, youth and adults. Material fees to be announced. With thanks to Greenbench.org.
Previous Toothbrushes of Perception workshop at Greenbench

Duration: 2 hours

Materials: Kits are $4.

Discussion of Biomodd Project — Angelo Vermeulen

Results of the recent workshop in Maribor, Slovenia

Angelo will talk in greater depth about the Biomodd workshop project, a collaborative design workshop between technologists and those knowledgeable in plants and ecologies, to design an integrated system. (Interested? Participants can sign up now!).

On sunday, Angelo wishes to invite discussion from symposium participants and local people around the region to discuss the ideas of the project, ideas around man’s relationship with nature, and to learn about the relevant local cultural mythologies and stories, arts, conceptions of ecologies. Definitely join for the discussion if you are interested to attend the workshop. Local participants are also encouraged to see if they might have any of the materials required handy, that you could bring along!
Duration: Up to 2 hours
Workshops Information:  Biomodd Workshop
Workshop Materials Requested

Meke my Waka Paika — Jonah Marinovich

Green Bikes is a community bike recycling scheme (fixing, modding, reselling very cheap or giving away) which Jonah Marinovich will be running a mini version of in New Plymouth during the SCANZ 2011: Eco sapiens event. On sunday Jonah will be demonstrating how to make a streel trailer for your bike. You can go here to learn more of what Jonah will be doing as part of the Miniature Green Bikes scheme over the two weeks following the SCANZ symposium.
Time: Intermittently all day.

Live Food Café — Dhyana Beaumont

Come and join Dhyana for food-foraging expeditions, and then learn how to make yummy smoothies out of leafy greens that even your kids would love! Pair that up with her pedal-powered bike blender, and you’ll be able to imagine your kids making YOU breakfast in the morning. Dhyana creates a connecting device between the power of fresh nutrient-rich food, and the pragmatic politics of finding or growing sources of fresh food today. As part of the food celebrations of the day, Dhyana will be demonstrating her green smoothie recipes with symposium participants and local people.
Materials cost: gold coin koha.    Materials request: Local fresh ingredients welcome!
Time starting: 10am  Duration: 2.5 hours

Thriving in a World of Complexity: using Living Systems Thinking Andree Mathieu and Peter Goldsbury

On this workshop we will question long held assumptions and knowledge about how we make things happen in complex environments, communities and organisations where things are seldom black and white.  That will involve us better understanding the nature of complexity itself, its networks, dynamics, ambiguities, patterns and how the new emerges within in it.  In this domain we need to be prepared to replace our simple and complicated “problem solving” and “change management” processes with more effective ways involving networks,  inter-dependence,  win-win alliances and telling new stories that lead us towards the long term outcomes we all seek – far beyond just today’s sustainability practices. Living Systems Thinking is about taking lessons from nature and applying them (sometimes called Biomimicry).  The Tipu Ake ki te Ora Organic Leadership model (www.tipuake.org.nz), the Cynefin Framework, a range of other participative exercises and fun will be used to help us do that. Its all about growing team behaviours and organic leadership that can exploit our collective wisdom and co-creative power.
Time: 2 hours

Terraquaculture – the beautiful landscapes of foresters, gardeners, fishers – Peter Heard

–        the traditional farming system of the Pacific-Asia region
–        farming the water flowing through the landscape

Peter Heard will do a further presentation and discussion of this ancient traditional farming system. Interested in the beauty and productivity of the method, Peter and his partner Kama Burwell are creating a terraquaculture farm on a corner of their family farm in Taranaki. Peter will share some of their learning about the system, and the visual culture that represents it.
Time: 1 hour

WANTED: Your Old Bikes for SCANZ 2011

We need your bikes, helmets, locks, lights, tools etc and anything else you think might be useful!

The Let’s Go project is keen for the more than 20 artists, scientists and presenters from SCANZ 2011 to go by foot, bike or bus for the duration of their stay in New Plymouth (13-30 January 2011).

Unused/unwanted bikes will be refurbished for use by our Eco sapiens guests as part of the Miniature Green Bikes scheme. On conclusion of their residency the bikes will be sold to the public, with all proceeds going to Hive Taranaki, our regional environment centre.

Three ways to donate your bike:

1. Drop off at WITT reception before January 11.
2. Drop off at New Plymouth District Council reception on Tuesday 11 January between 1-5pm.
3. Email benefieldn@npdc.govt.nz to arrange for your bike to be collected.

About Let’s Go

A package of works funded by NZTA and local partners to ‘fast track’ a community that can change travel behaviour through improved transport choices. More information about the Let’s Go project is available on the New Plymouth District Council site.

THE REMNANT – Keith Armstrong, Leah Barclay and collaborators

In a consultation with local groups, THE REMNANT project brings forth those things that remain of earlier local ecological systems. In meditating on these remains from the past, the project allows us to also conceive ideas for how current landscapes and environments might function in the future.  Participate as part of the Festival of Lights – Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th – 1pm – meet at the Band Rotunda.

Leah Barclay has been recognised as one of the most promising Australian composers of her generation. Since graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium, she has performed, published and produced commissioned works across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, India and Korea. Her dynamic work has resulted in numerous awards, including the 2009 Asialink Performing Artist Residency at Art Centre Nabi in Seoul, South Korea and the inaugural Premier of Queensland’s National New Media Art Scholarship. http://leahbarclay.com


What was the Taranaki landscape like in times past and how might the environment work in the future?  Join Keith Armstrong Leah Barclay and collaborators to share your memories and ideas.

Incompatible Elements – Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski

downstream installation: Australian Embassy Gallery, Washington DC, USA, September, 2009

The failure of nations to reach an agreement at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen last year has highlighted a huge gap between scientific consensus and public perceptions of climate change.

Downstream is a media art installation, which explores ways of representing the relationship between nature and culture. Employing poetic texts embedded into animated satellite images of landscapes at particular risk, it responds to the effects of climate change in ways that are mythical, biblical and chemical.

The work involves large screen installations which combine satellite imagery with local imagery and views of river systems threatened by global warming.
Downstream documentation

Leon Cmielewski and Josephine Starrs are Australian artists whose video and new media works have been shown extensively in Australia and internationally. They have created numerous projects including Seeker an installation that explores issues of migration, territorial boundaries, conflict commodities and human displacement. Seeker won an Award of Distinction in Interactive Art from the 2007 Prix Ars Electronica, Austria. Other work includes a.k.a. a video about universal surveillance, the Trace interactive installation, Bio-Tek Kitchen a computer game patch, Dream Kitchen an interactive stop-motion animation and Floating Territories a game art installation. They have been invited to participate in several international residency programs including Banff, Canada 1998, Sarai, New Delhi, India, 2006 and the Future Lab, Linz, Austria, 2009.


SCANZ 2011: Eco sapiens