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Te Whāriki Kiokio - Te Ruru light festival 2019


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This interactive installation consists of 3 digital tukutuku panels which are rear-projected onto a screen. The viewer is presented with 3 foot pates, each with a unique tukutuku symbol. When stepped on, it activates an animated digital tukutuku design. At the same time, it activates a sound associated with the specific panel designs. These sound are either recordings of Māori instruments (purerehua, kōauau, etc.), Māori speech (whaikōrero) or Māori chants (waiata). One can be activated at one time and as soon as another metallic symbol is pressed the current panel turns off and the new one is activated. This work is an adaption of an earlier work shown at Wellington LUX Festival 2017, and the Bruce Mason Centre in 2018.

Co-designer Stacey Tangaere: 'Te Whāriki Kiokio came from a passion to see traditional Māori art fused with a modern art form. As I went on this journey I visited Pakowhai Marae and quickly became interested in the tukutuku panels. These panels quickly caught my attention as they have always been there but they are often ignored in the space. So much hard work and meaning has gone into every piece of flax yet to many they are almost viewed as wallpaper. Traditionally Māori learnt with their hands, through touching and feeling.'
The idea behind this interactive installation is that as you trigger the panels you will not only feel moved by the experience but you will also leave educated. The audio is used to enhance the experience of Te Whāriki Kiokio with unique sounds developed to tautoko (support) the meaning of each tukutuku.

Item Type: Contribution to a Show/Exhibition
Uncontrolled Keywords: Te Whāriki Kiokio, Whariki, Tukutuku, Animation, Māori, Installation
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Schools > School of Media Arts
Depositing User: Luke McConnell
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 22:44
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 08:35

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