E Tuhi i kona ! E rapa i kona ! by Kura Puke and Stuart Foster with Te Matahiapo
Photograph by Martin Drury.
About the Project
Kura Puke and Stuart Foster with Te Matahiapo presented an installation comprising of sound-carrying LED lights transmitting ceremonial aurals. Following the powhiri, this work was presented to and with the attending elders and community participants, to visualize and ‘bring to experience’ the kaupapa; Māori understandings of intangible/tangible,of the virtual and how the digital fits neatly inside this, aesthetically and communicatively.
About the collaborators
Kura Puke is Te Atiawa (Ngati Tawhirikura hapū), tangata whenua who have strong involvement with Intercreate, ideologically and creatively. Therefore, we have partnered with Massey University to bring Kura and collaborator Stuart Foster to Water, Peace, Power 2016.
Kura’s research exemplifies the continuum of indigenous knowledge transmission through creative experiences that utilise electronic technologies, in producing sole authored artworks such as ‘Te Puna Ariki’, an illuminated, animated tukutuku panel for ISEA2012 Albuquerque, at Pataka, Puke Ariki and Te Manawa Gallery (2008-2012). Collaborations include ‘Te Hononga’ Hinemihi Te Ao Tawhito, Surrey UK; Te Ara Wairua, UCL, London and Tira Taonga (MU, 2015 and NY 2016). Conference presentations include He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference (2013, 2015), Kingitanga Day (2013), AAANZ (2011), Talanoa, MU (2011).
She is also a member of Te Matahiapo.
Stuart Foster is a collaborator with Kura Puke. Awarded an Intercreate Media Art Project in 2014, their work involved transmitting te Reo using laser light, 3kilometres from Katere Ki Te Moana marae to a Ti Kouka tree located on the site of Te Rewa Rewa pah.
The founding principles of his research are drawn from architecture, the phenomenology of perception, and the haptic qualities of digital technologies. Stuart creates immersive interactive art and design experiences, presented in public and site-specific environments, that communicate cultural and social connectedness through innovative use of technology, interdisciplinary aesthetics and methodologies.
He was Curator for PQ11, and Lead Designer and Co-Curator for The Prague Quadrennial 2015 (PQ15). Recent collaborative installation works include those for LUX; Art in the Dark, Auckland, Akld Fringe; Awesome Festival, Perth; and in Singapore.
Te Matahiapo Indigenous Research Organisation
Te Matahiapo Indigenous Research Organisation (TeMIRO) is committed to unlocking the potentiality of customary wisdom and knowledge located within the layers of whanau, hapū, iwi of Aotearoa New Zealand and other diverse indigenous groups and communities around the world.
The core of TeMIRO – Dr Te Huirangi Waikerepuru (Taranaki Whānui; Ngā Puhi), Ahorangi; Te Urutahi Waikerepuru (Taranaki Tūkau; Tāngahoe; Tuhourangi; Ngāti Whakaue; Ngā Puhi), Pou Arahi; and Tengaruru Wineera (Ngāti Ruanui; Ngā Ruahinerangi; Taranaki Tūkau; Ngāti Toa), Poutua and Kura Puke (Te Atiawa Nui Tonu), Poutua will all be involved in Water, Peace, Power.
Te Matahiapo have been project partners with Intercreate, for SCANZ (2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015), Wai in Albuquerque, Te Kore Rongo Hungaora in Istanbul and Sharing the Waiwhakaiho in 2015. They have provided Mātauranga Māori, cultural consultancy and cultural audit.