Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu presents Waharoa: Storybox celebrating people &
A site specific video installation documentary project that explores
layers of history and the connections of themes through time. Across
8 screens placed inside shipping containers the work is located in the
Waharoa – Gateway at the entrances to the Cathedral Square, Storybox
is based around the notion of ‘emotional migration’ with stories
relating to the history of the site from the earliest known stories
through to contemporary life. Screening from dusk daily.
A Storybox Project by Robert Appierdo, Jess Feast, Damian Stewart and
Until 9th August in Cathedral Square, Christchurch
Future Gateway: Mō Tātou // For this 4 screen documentary work, we
wanted to look forward through the eyes of eight people from Ngai Tahu
who live in and around Christchurch. What they see is presented as a
collage of woven statements about past and present experiences from
contemporary Māori society.
These statements and observations relate to our current social climate
and landscape from a distinctly Ngāi Tahu perspective with a leaning
towards thoughts on the future for Ngāi Tahu whānau and the wider
communities of Canterbury.
Four young people aged 7 to 12 and four elders aged 75 to 87 shared
their thoughts, fears and hopes for the future of whānau (family), of
technology, of te reo (Māori language), of environment, of Ngāi Tahu,
of our country and of our world.
Past: Recalling Puāri // This work observes how an abundance of things
– people, objects, buildings, flora, fauna - have occupied and passed
through Cathedral Square since the beginnings of time, creating an
interactive whakapapa (linage) of events and objects that have grown
out of this place.
Before Cathedral Square was established, the landscape was once a
large area of interconnected waterways, abundant in native flora and
wildlife. The Ngai Tahu people lived there for generations and
established Puāri Pā (village) as a place for seasonal food gathering.
The work demonstrated how ‘objects’ have been culturally displaced
by progress, time and political power throughout New Zealand’s
history. It starts peacefully at the beginning of time, and
progresses, towards a state of chaos – in current times. It consists
of familiar symbols that float and fall through space. As they
descend, links between specific objects are formed and so points of
connection or displacement are established.
Developed using openframeworks, a creative-programming language, the
work is subtly different every time, creating dynamic links from pre-
history through to modern day New Zealand society.
Installation Pics http://www.dnation.co.nz/storybox/sbox_chch.html
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