SCANZ 2018 Peace, Water, Power He Punawai Hohourongo

About SCANZ 2018 at Parihaka Papakainga, Taranaki, Aotearoa New Zealand

Call for projects and presentations due midnight December 2nd 2017 NZT

It is hard to imagine a more important moment than now, to consider the issues of peace and the environment. At a time where moderate Muslims align themselves with peace while militants seek war and the US is extending warmongering worldwide, now is a significant moment for leadership in regard to Peace.

The community of Parihaka through its founding prophets Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi has played a leadership role internationally, nationally, regionally and locally many times since it’s founding in 1866.

SCANZ2018: Peace, Water, Power represents a significant engagement with the community of Parihaka in terms of the creative projects enabled on the papakainga and the hui which culminates the event. SCANZ2018: Peace, Water, Power will have international, national, regional and local participation, part of the recognition of place.

The event consists of a residency , workshops open to the community, public presentation of projects at Parihaka papakainga, and a hui. After the 2016 event, it was asked that consideration be given to projects that engage with the wai at Parihaka.

We seek creative projects and hui presentations (papers, performances, creative interventions, provocations, reflective sessions) on the topics of Peace and Water. Creative projects and hui presentations that use alternative sources of energy (solar, wind, breath, water) are encouraged.

SCANZ was inaugurated in 2006 and remains the longest standing arts, culture and technology event in Aotearoa.

Follow this link for more information about the residency.

Hui (symposium) and Leonardo 50th celebration

The hui will occur on Monday 12th of February commencing at Parihaka with a Tangata Whenua Keynotes, followed by a tour of creative projects. After lunch there will be further presentations, and a poroporoaki on the Peace, Water and Power component.

The next event to which all are invited is in New Plymouth, for the Leonardo Journal/ISAST 50th celebrations. Roger Malina will create a special video for the event and will join us from Texas.

We would be interested in presentations on the event themes and for next 50 years for art, science, culture and technology, potentially covering subjects such as protocols around the use of AI, intercultural and interdisciplinary activity. Understanding contemporary knowledge is also a topic of interest.

Nina Czegledy will be delivering a keynote on the subject of engaging across cultures particularly with indigenous peoples, going back to the 1990’s. This groundbreaking work has messages for the future.

We are seeking proposals of the following type, drawn from a range of disciplines and on diverse topics related to the themes. The hui-symposium is intercultural and interdisciplinary.

For further information on hui-symposium events, follow this link.

Hui presentation types:

Slideshow software presentations, video, performance, creative interventions, walking symposium presentations, verbal presentations, visual presentations

Possible discipline areas:

  • Maori Studies, Pasifika Studies, Indigenous Studies
  • Traditional and Contemporary Culture
  • Political Studies, Peace Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fluid Dynamics, Chaos Theory, Complexity
  • Alternative Energy Systems
  • Cosmology, Physics
  • Cultural Studies, Hybridity
  • Indigenous and Tangata Whenua Studies
  • Anthropology, Political Studies
  • Economic Studies
  • Electronic Art, Interactive Media, Digital Media, Design
  • Traditional Arts
  • Visual, Performing and 3D arts
  • Science, Geology, Physical Sciences
  • Philosophy, Religious Studies, History, Sociology, Post-structuralism
  • Online and Social Culture
  • Change Management
  • Education and Pedagogy
  • Gender and Diversity

Potential topics:

  • Tangata Whenua and Indigenous peoples views on the topics of Peace, Water and Power singularly or in any combination
  • Peace, Water and Power in terms of Tino Rangatiratanga (Sovereignty), Tikanga (Protocol), Kaitiaki (Guardianship) and Kaupapa (Practice)
  • Projects involving Tangata Whenua or Indigenous peoples in connection with Western European culture
  • Western European contentions around Peace, Water or Power
  • Projects that intersect Mātauranga Māori or traditional knowledge and Western Science
  • Projects involving Creativity, Mātauranga Māori or traditional knowledge and Western Science
  • Creative performances referencing Peace, Water or Power
  • Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
  • Disenfranchisement and Reconciliation
  • Solutions to Peace, Water or Power issues that involve reframing thinking on these topics
  • Reframing the human relationship to environment
  • Culture, Creativity, Science or Philosophy in the new millennium
  • In the next fifty years
    • Human relationship to the environment
    • Human engagement with Peace
    • Intercultural activity
    • Creativity and Culture
    • Science and Art
    • Alternate Energy Systems
    • Sustainability
  • The role of Creativity in new millennium culture
  • The implications of Gender and Diversity on Peace, Water and or Power issues
  • The kaupapa of Peace, Water and or Power
  • Provocations in regard to Peace, Water and or Power

Further information

Application process

Applications require a maximum 200 word abstract; a bio of up to 200 words, plus an up to 1000 maximum word Project Description. Creative projects must have at least one associated image, and presentation submissions where possible. Selected projects and presentations will have the abstract and descriptions placed online along with images. The abstract text should also be submitted in the Abstract field of the online application form.

A word or pdf document containing the Abstract, Bio, Project Description and Image as applicable should be uploaded as a separate file.

Please state if you have your own transportation accommodation in Taranaki – this is important to planning.

Applicants need to select topics and category of application on the online form.

Applications are due midnight December 2nd 2017 Aotearoa New Zealand time.

Application url


Saturday February 3rd 
Residency commences. Orientation at Parihaka, prep for workshops.

Sunday February 4th
First day of workshops at Parihaka. All welcome.

Monday February 5th
Second day of workshops at Parihaka. All welcome.

Sunday February 11th
Hui out of town participants arrive in New Plymouth (so that they can attend the morning powhiri the next day). Nighttime light works viewed if applicable.

Monday February 12th
Day one of hui. Morning session at Parihaka commencing 9.30-10am. Keynotes and presentations.


Afternoon session – tour of artworks and artist presentations.  Keynotes and presentations.

Poroporoaki for Peace, Water, Power.

All are invited to the Leonardo/ISAST 50th presentations and celebration with Roger Malina live from Texas, held at the WITT campus.

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