Led by Kura Puke (Te Atiawa) and Stuart Foster, with Dr Te Huirangi Waikerepuru and Te Urutahi Waikerepuru of Te Matahiapo two works involving the collection of audio and their transmission through light were explored and presented at night-time during and after the TEZA week.
‘He māmā whenuā’ was a sound-carrying laser light transferring karanga and recordings from one point in Christchurch to another: including over the Port Hills and from New Brighton Pier. It worked to make connections between disciplines, artists within TEZA and with Ngāi Tahu and New Brighton communities. Puke and Foster are developing and contributing to an emerging research theory ‘Essence Technologies’. This is an inquiry into the nature of the virtual/wairua, the transformative potential of simple, accessible technologies, indigenous notions of ‘the spectrum’ and the discussion of energies in relation to ‘pre-technology’ paradigms. Working with recordings they send a green laser light line relayed across several points of local significance.
‘Hinatore’ is a more discreet exhibition work, presented for the first time after Creative Summit discussions at night on a graffiti-covered wall at the TEZA site. It is comprised of an array of sound-carrying LEDs (light emitting diodes) that can transmit recorded frequencies. ‘Hinatore’, atua of bioluminescence is inspired by the illuminating effects of glowworms. Participants, when “standing in the light” hear sounds and witness the variable light effects influenced by different qualities of vocal intonation, pitch, tone and timbre. The aural recordings included local New Brighton histories, creative expression, and matauranga Māori/indigenous knowledge transmission from participating community members.
To hear sounds, or an array of them, participants approach these lights carrying a small receiving kit (a tiny solar panel and mp3 player patch/brooch, with connecting earphones). Sounds received are influenced by how the participants approach the grotto.
Both Kura Puke (Tapuke) and Stuart Foster are lecturers at Massey University Wellington, while Te Huirangi Waikerepuru and Te Urutahi Waikerepuru direct Te Matahiapo Research Organization based in New Plymouth.