SCANZ 2009: Raranga tangata - The Weaving Together of People (New Plymouth, New Zealand)

SCANZ 2009: Raranga tangata
The Weaving Together of People

Solar Circuit Aotearoa New Zealand (SCANZ) is the interCreate Research Centre's major project, a two week residency for artists, producers, writers, theorists and curators will be held in New Plymouth New Zealand from January 26th to February 8th 2009. Project partners are the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Puke Ariki integrated library and museum.

Raranga tangata refers to the weaving together of people, a phrase used to describe the internet and adopted by Sally Jane Norman and Sylvia Nagl in their work. The aim for SCANZ 2009 is to weave an enduring fabric of people and technology, located in this place: Taranaki, Aotearoa New Zealand, Pacific Ocean.

January 26th–February 8th

February 7th–8th

January 26th–February 8th

The residency themes are Environmental Response and Participate/Display. Occurring along side the residency are a two day symposium (February 7 and 8), presentation evening & opening event (February 7), and curatorial workshop.

International attendees include Nina Czegledy, Brett Stalbaum, Sally Jane Norman, Jacques Sirot, Sarah Cook, Andrew Gryf Paterson, Melinda Rackham and Dominic Smith of The Polytechnic. New Zealanders attending include Lisa Reihana, Stella Brennan, Sean Kerr, Rachel Rakena, Natalie Robertson, Danny Butt, Herman Pi’ikea Clarke, Alex Monteith, Naomi Lamb, Caro McCaw and Jon Bywater.

Residency Themes
1. Environmental Response
This theme involves responses to the human, natural, or technological environment of Taranaki, New Zealand Aotearoa, South Pacific Ocean, Earth.

2. Participate/Display
This theme involves projects where the audience is involved in the art work in a way that changes the art work.


February 7th–8th

The symposium theme is Interconnections. Papers and presentations were gathered that locate interconnections between Pasifika, Maori or Polynesian knowledge and belief systems, and a view based on integrated systems.

Presentations are intended to refer to:
– Pasifika, Maori or Polynesian knowledge and belief systems
– Integrated systems, including ideas around chaos, complexity and/or post-structuralism
– Interconnections between the above
– Digital media and Pasifika, Maori or Polynesian context
– Digital media and Pasifika, Maori or Polynesian projects
– Intersections between Pasifika and digital media context
– Cultural hybridity and digital media practice context and projects

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