Friday, 18 September 2015

Maori TV Interview

New Zealand's Maori Television news show Te Kaea recently ran a news item on our Te Ngira project at Papakura Marae....view it here.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Muralismo Fulbright Mission

One of the many murals in Mission District, SF
I had a fantastic trip down the 101 Highway visiting some incredibly interesting creative technology practitioners as part of my Fulbright Foundation NZ Travel Award this year.

 I started in Seattle with Prof Daniel Hart who runs the University of Washington's Native Voices Documentary Programe. They have been supporting indigenous film making for a number of years and have been incredibly successful with documentaries winning awards and being screened at Sundance, the American Indian Film Festival, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Modern Art, and many other venues.

 It was good to share the work we have been doing at Papakura Marae to create a locative media channel and see who this kind of technology platform could support indigenous film making both here and with the first nation peoples in the US.

I gave a talk at the 2015 Integral Theory Conference at Sonoma State University. It was interesting to hear how this methodology is being used - particularly in community settings in third world nations.

Next stop was the Community Technology Network in San Francisco who are engaging in digital capacity building across a number of different groups in the community who are traditionally under served by technology. Take a look at a recent blog post they wrote about our visit. 

We finished our visit to CTN with an excursion to their collaborators, the San Francisco library. SF library have just set up a teenage space called The MiX that is filled with maker technologies and is a adult free zone. We were lucky to be let in to see the state of the art equipment and the teenagers already making full use of the space.

An installation we found on a street corner in Mission District
Apart from official talks and visits I also had the chance to visit many different grassroots maker spaces, The Precita Eyes Muralists were a standout organisation for me - supporting a collective of muralists and graffit artists who have literally covered the Mission District in every kind of place art. 

Much of this work carries strong political messages about issues of immigration, imperialism, corporatisation while at the same time being incredibly intricate and beautiful public works of art. 

I also checked out SOMarts who had a maker exhibition on at the time we visited and the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts where hundreds of school kids were learning theatre skills the day we visited.

These were just some of the highlights of a trip that has already proved very useful to my own practice here in South Auckland. I am eternally grateful to Fulbright NZ for making it happen.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Fulbright Travel Award

I am very grateful to have been awarded a Fulbright NZ Travel Award which allows me to travel to the United States and talk about my PhD and ongoing projects in New Zealand. A full description of my activities will be posted on my return.

Place Stories Concrete Poetry

South Auckland towns are not often described as poetic but AwhiWorld is determined to prove otherwise. 

 Place Stories - Concrete_Poetry which  was a collaboration between AwhiWorld and AUT South's Art and Design (Graphic Design) students which took place between January and June 2015. 

Over the course of two semesters students  focused on Papakura as a source of inspiration for their work. They each picked a specific site (after a photo documentation visit), and carried out research and creative practice on this location.

Research was assisted by Dr Michelle Smith of Papakura Museum. 

The students generated posters, publications and 3D objects that used typography as a core part of the visual language i.e. concrete poetry - poetry where there is a symbiotic relationship between word and image to convey the poem, story or lyric.
There was an exhibition of student work on the 22 June at AUT's South Campus, and a selection of the works are now being placed around Papakura in empty shops to create a circle of exchange from place to student, student to place.


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Radio 101 Interview

Had a great Place Stories Matariki Radio interview 29 June 2015 with  Radio NZ's Music 101 Show and Emma Smith.

We walked the town and showed off the talent of our wonderful artists....

 Place Stories Matariki weaves together the sounds of seven different community artists and groups from the Papakura area. Each audio track is located in a Papakura space or place that needs cherishing in some way.

The audio is accessed via an app downloaded onto a GPS enabled smart device, and heard via your own headphones. This  'locative mobile technology' allows you to be immersed in a number of different realities as you walk around the town.

Waiata, spoken word, samples and synthesised tracks, and sound effects, are all part of the town-wide installation. Different genres and cultures come together to celebrate the town's diversity, and the wairua of the town at Matariki, a time when the boundaries between worlds are at their thinnest.

Place stories is  available from the Google Play Store and iTunes

Participating artists:
Curator and Producer: Maggie Buxton
App Development and Visual Design: Kim Newall
Funding is kindly provided by

Additional supporters include the Audio Foundation (who have two artists participating), Papakura Art Gallery, Papakura Business Association, Auckland City Council and Papakura Local Board
Imersia Group who are kindly providing the technology to support the experience.