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This is ART - Augmented Reality taonga


• Te Papa - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

• a unique installation of Augmented Reality Taonga (ART)

• for Melbourne Fringe Festival

taonga

tɑːˈɒŋə/

noun

noun: taonga; plural noun: taonga

(in Maori culture)

an object or natural resource which is highly prized.

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This is ART - Augmented Reality taonga


• Te Papa - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

• a unique installation of Augmented Reality Taonga (ART)

• for Melbourne Fringe Festival

taonga

tɑːˈɒŋə/

noun

noun: taonga; plural noun: taonga

(in Maori culture)

an object or natural resource which is highly prized.

Te Papa Tongarewa, Melbourne Fringe Festival & Highpoint Mall
create a public engagement installation of Taonga & art.

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Melbourne Fringe

2018 •  Highpoint Mall

September - Installation

•  Plan BETA / Lost Boys

brief


Melbourne Fringe

2018 •  Highpoint Mall

September - Installation

•  Plan BETA / Lost Boys

•  Melbourne Fringe Festival  •
AR Taonga ART
initiative
2018

 
 

"Matariki rests on the neck of Taurus" says artist Michel Tuffery of the cluster of stars...

A culturally significant & sophisticated artistic installation engaging with the commercial environment of the Highpoint Shopping Mall involving Augmented Reality 3D models of authentic artefacts - Maori Taonga from Te Papa Tongarewa.

 

- Artist & Curator Suzanne Tamaki

- local Melbourne Artist & Curator Ero

- exclusive access to the Te Papa Artefacts & Collections.

This unique installation of integrated Augmented Reality & immersive media utilises genuine artefacts & archives with state of the art new technology involving Augmented & Merged Reality that will surprise, excite & enlighten... where art & education are cohesively confused in an immersive statement.

Producer Joff Rae says "we present these works as a functional element of the curatorial process establishing a purposeful & relative response to the works of the selected artists showing in the group exhibition... the interactive AR & MR are unique artistic presentations & works - it's clever & insightful that we use genuine artefacts from the Te Papa Collections"

Authenticity comes into question through the physical and virtual exhibition experience, as the selected museum taonga are all replicas of original artefacts - even in real-life they are in a sense unreal. Tamaki’s inclusion of the replicas in the exhibition suggests they are no less valuable as taonga. 


The artists are developing new concept for this installation...

The installation is unique... the commercial environment of the Highpoint Mall is exciting to the artists - an opportunity for a voice in a milieu that has a great measure of recognition & credibility.  In return the artist can ensure the quality & merit commensurate with the institutions & brands involved in the celebration of the Melbourne Fringe.

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Ero - Gallery Curator

bio here


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Suzanne Tamaki - Artist & Curator

Suzanne Tamaki is a New Zealand fibre-based artist of Te Arawa, Ngāti Maniapoto and Tūhoe descent. She operates under the label Native Sista and was one of the founding members of the Pacific Sisters. Informed by indigenous concerns of Aotearoa, New Zealand, Tamaki’s jewellery, fashion and photography portrays a reclamation of colonised spaces. As Megan Tamati-Quenell writes of her work 'They are created conceptually, provocatively and with political intent'.


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schedule


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[ explanation here about the information & exhibition at This Is Art & how the group exhibition are responsive to the augmented Taonga... ]  - ero can you write this?

#1 / #2

• official exhibition opening & app release
/ hosted by This Is Art
• formal announcement
/ hosted *

#3

• Maori Arts workshop

/ hosted by Te Papa

#4 / #5

• performance & short films
/ hosted *

#6

• Suzanne Tamaki - artist seminar
/ hosted *

#7

• guest speaker - TBA
/ hosted *
• Ero - artist seminar
/ hosted *

 

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Augmented Reality Taonga • Wellington, New Zealand

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Augmented Reality Taonga • Wellington, New Zealand

The installation is based on a recent exhibition...

Pūkana whakarunga!Gaze wildly to the realm above!
Pūkana whakararo! Gaze wildly to the realm below!

2 – 24 June 2018

Artists: Reweti Arapere, Kauri Hawkins, Stevei Houkamau, Lonnie Hutchinson, Robyn Kahukiwa, Kereama Taepa, David Hakaraia James Lainchbury, Reuben Paterson, Ngatai Taepa.

with Te Whare Rokiroki - Māori Women's Refuge and others

Physical and virtual taonga are unified in the exhibition Pūkana whakarunga! Pūkana whakararo! curated by Suzanne Tamaki.

Referencing the heralding of Matariki, the exhibition brings heaven and earth into closer conversation. Contemporary artworks by leading and emerging Māori artists are paired with virtual taonga from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, accessed via visitors’ mobile devices. 

The connection of contemporary and historic treasures in Pūkana whakarunga! Pūkana whakararo! offers a glimpse into how Māori symbolism, carving and ideologies have developed and morphed into new artistic practices. Authenticity comes into question through the physical and virtual exhibition experience, as the selected museum taonga are all replicas of original artefacts - even in real-life they are in a sense unreal. Tamaki’s inclusion of the replicas in the exhibition suggests they are no less valuable as taonga. 

Contemporary issues are also embedded into the exhibition. Tamaki has worked with Te Whare Rokiroki – Māori Women's Refuge Arts Coordinator Natalie Mataria to incorporate a constellation of hand woven stars into the exhibition. The stars will be created through workshop sessions at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre as part of the ‘One Millions Stars to End Violence project’ initiated by artist Maryann Pau. Tamaki sees the inclusion of the community-made stars as a hopeful way to raise awareness about contemporary issues during Matariki.