Uncontainable-second-nature (Te Kore-Rongo-Hungaora)is curated by Ian Clothier with an advisory panel of Nina Czegledy, Trudy Lane and Tengaruru Wineera, for ISEA 2011 Istanbul. The exhibition crosses cultural and discipline boundaries.  A cultural bridge has been constructed, providing a framework of both Maori and European knowledge. Five themes from within European and Maori world views were located.

Given the intercultural bridge, works from art and science are recontextualised as cultural texts symbolic of belief systems. Discipline is not fixed, but fluid in a transformational environment. In the exhibition, digital and post-digital exist in a state of hybridity.

Included are works by Julian Oliver, recipient of the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica in 2011, Lisa Reihana, Julian Priest, Sonja van Kerkhoff, Sophie Jerram and Dugal McKinnon, Rachel Rakena, Jo Tito, Associate Professor Mike Paulin (Zoology), Paul Moss and Te Huirangi Waikerepuru.

The show opened at Dawn on September 14th at Cumhuriyet Art Gallery Taksim Square Istanbul and ran to October 12th as part of ISEA 2011 Istanbul.

Below are a few photos of some of the works, to remind people of the show. These are just some quick point and shoot images, further formal documentation will be added later.


Te Huirangi Waikerepuru stands before his chart of Te Taiao Maori – the backbone of the project

The psworld computer by Julian Oliver

Jo Tito’s kohatu (stone) Mauri Wai Mauri Ora between speakers playing breathing audio by Sophie Jerram and Dugal McKinnon

An image from Whanaunga by Lisa Reihana

Paul Moss’s Photo Astronomy images were embedded into star shapes, and the stars placed on the floor in the formation of the Southern Cross

Looking through to the second space, with part of Julian Priest’s Information comes from the sun on the cylindrical plinth and the exterior of Kāinga a roto Home within by Sonja van Kerkhoff, Sen McGlinn and Toroa Pohatu in the background.

Mike Paulin’s Computational Visualization of the Electromagnetic Sensory World of Sharks.

Julian Priest’s Information comes from the sun

One man is an island by Rachel Rakena

Looking from beside Kāinga a roto Home within toward works by Julian Priest (right) Mike Paulin and Rachel Rakena

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  1. Darko Fritz
    Darko Fritz says:

    I witnessed the exhibition of the ‘Te Kore Rongo Hungaora Uncontainable Second Nature’ at the ISEA 2011 Istanbul. Unlike many art projects that are presented within international context, this exhibition did not ‘translate’ and re-present the Otherness (of Maori culture) to the Western (European) perception system. Instead, ‘Uncontainable Second Nature’ truly bridged the two discourses, that of Western and Maori cultures, and re-contextualized the fusion of arts and science in an original way.

    The emphasis on environment did not come from current fashion or an alert on climate change, as often happens within Western art and culture, but it truly comes from the life that is in flux with nature. The artworks shown in the exhibition opened once again the ever-lasting questions on the human relationship toward nature (and vice versa) creating a refreshing frame of mind. The project transgresses Western academic dogmas and inaugurate traditional points of view that are in sync with modern thoughts.

    best regards
    Darko Fritz

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