England Expects

Allan Giddy at SCANZ

Alternative energy pioneer Allan Giddy exhibited two works at SCANZ2015. The first was the night time projection of Night swimmer onto a small stream in Pukekura Park. The second, England Expects … (Aotearoa) 2014-15 was installed on the foreshore by the Huatoki outlet. The installation is solar powered, and uses three mics on the tips of fishing lines – which turns them into aeolian harps (which are blown by the wind). The audio created is mixed with the UK weather forecast, and a recorded response by violinist Alison Blunt of the London Improvisers Orchestra. A special implementation of England Expects … (Aotearoa) 2014-15 at SCANZ involved waiata sung by Jo Tito, connecting the specific location to the British influences in the work.

Lee Joachim at SCANZ

Lee Joachim of the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation Skyped into SCANZ 2015:water and peace to talk with participants. Renita Glencross of Ethos Global, an Aboriginal advocacy organisation also attended SCANZ in the first week. SCANZ 2015 also saw the first involvement of Pacific peoples at SCANZ, with the presence of two participants from Vanuatu – Sandy Sur and Prim Rose Wari; along with the first representation of Inuit peoples with Jesse Tungilik and Stacey Aglok MacDonald of the Nunavut people. Intercreate is seeking further engagement with indigenous groups worldwide.

An atua or god stands in a misty landscape with a red sky in the background.

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
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, 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.

Calling kids and families

Min White of Quirky Creative is also a master of henna

Min White of Quirky Creative is also a master of henna and Quirky Creative are pleased to announce a suite of workshops themed on water and peace, as part of SCANZ2015 International Celebration of water and Peace. The workshops are for ages 5+ up to adults, and whole families are welcome. A week of workshops begins Monday 26th January and runs through to Friday 30th.

If you have an interest in mosaics, tie-dye Hippy peace culture, raindrop art, or tiny art projects to be abandoned and found, read on. Some of the outputs from the workshops will be on display in Huatoki Plaza on the 31st of January.

Quirky Creative – SCANZ 2015 Water and Peace Programme

Mon 26 Jan 1-4pm
Vessels: Mosaic baths for birds or bees, or mosaic glass water bottles
Kids will be making shallow mosaic dishes for birds, or for bees (bees need water too! And they adore blue things). Adults and older kids have the choice of starting a more intricate stained glass mosaic on a glass water bottle suitable for the dining table.

Tue 27 Jan 10am-1pm
Psychedelic Hippy Day: Tie-dye shirts with a peace message
Hippy philosophy is about more than the rainbow tie dye, but it is an eye-catching way to say something important. Make a shirt to wear at Saturday’s public gathering! BYO white cotton t-shirt. We will have fabric panels available if you can’t bring a t-shirt.

Wed 28 Jan 1-4pm
Raindrop Art: Glistening drops to display later at Huatoki Plaza
We’ll use several different art forms, including Zentangle, to create raindrops – take some home, donate some for Saturday’s display.

Fri 30 Jan 10am-1pm
Art Abandonment
: Tiny projects made to be abandoned and found
Stencilled rocks, bottlecap collages, woolly octopus, and some other surprises – abandoned art is made to be left somewhere around town, with a tag for the finder to let us know what they found and where.

Sat 31 Jan 11am-4pm
Visit the Quirky Kids space at the Huatoki Plaza

Workshops held at Creative Focus, Block C, WITT

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