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11 November 2022

Haupapa: approaching a glacier

Haupapa: The Chilled Breath of Rakamaomao (still). Image courtesy of the artists.


He mahi toi, he pūtaiao me ngā atua, Art, science and the atua

You are warmly invited to a kōrerorero, round table discussion with the collaborators of ‘Haupapa: The Chilled Breath of Rakamaomao’; an artwork that spans the fields of art, creative technologies, science, live data and Matauraka Māori. In mediating between these realms, in response to the melting Haupapa glacier in Aoraki National park, we sensorially approach a pressure zone where we face water scarcity in some parts of our isles, and vanishing glaciers, flooding, severe storms and coastal erosion that meets rising seas on the other. In the gathering of Ron Bull's recitation of words and names of the atua of that locale, woven through sound and images collected through audio hydrophones and underwater camera, and triggered by a live data stream from NIWA (National Institute of Air and Water), we open up to more-than-human scales of aural and visual perception. We invite consideration of what ecological imaginaries might evolve through such voicings and data patterns of natural elements at a time of global crisis. In addition, we are interested in negotiating with care the realm of the sacred and the atua, and what is publicly shareable when bringing together parallel realms of knowledge.

Haupapa: The Chilled Breath of Rakamaomao runs from 23 September 2022 – July 2023. Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Art Sonje, Seoul and the World Weather Network platform.

View the artwork here or read more about the project


Laser Talk Host, Dr Maree Sheehan,
Head of Postgraduate  | School of Art + Design | Te Kura Toi a Hoahoa
AUT University | Te Wānanga Aronui O Tamaki Makau Rau
(Ngāti Maniapoto-Waikato, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Tahi- Ngāti Whāoa) 

Guest speakers: Ron Bull (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha) Tumuaki Whakaako, Orator), Janine Randerson (Pākehā), artist, AUT, Rachel Shearer (Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Pākehā), sound artist/designer AUT, Heather Purdie (Pākehā), mountaineer-glaciologist University of Canterbury, Stefan Marks (Pākehā), AUT, creative technologist. 

Co-facilitated by Te Tuhi one of New Zealand's foremost contemporary art spaces and a leader in experimental practice.

LASER (Leonardo ArtScience Evening RendezVous) by Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST) is an international program that brings together artists, scientists, humanists and technologists for informal presentations, performances and conversations with audiences. LASER's mission is to contribute to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and community development opportunities in more than 40 cities around the world. 

Supported by World Weather Network, Te Tuhi, Creative New Zealand, NIWA

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