The concept of a third space – a zone of hybridity – traverses the cultural landscape from the writing of Homi Bhabha in the mid 1990s, to Sony advertising (see hypertext.rmit.edu.au/dac/papers/mcguire.pdf). Hybridity is now embedded in creative and cultural production and consumption.
A space of hybridity can assimilate potentially any set of concepts. SCANZ 2013 3rd Nature seeks to develop a fresh space, carrying memes from previous SCANZ events (which have all had an emphasis on environment) and other Intercreate projects that have involved scientists, indigenous peoples and artists working together. We are aiming to build new knowledge and establish legacies around this work, unencumbered by old perspectives and now distant categories.
We ignore the environmental crisis at our peril. Integrating the indigenous perspective, creative, environmental and scientific views on the environment is essential for continued human habitation of the planet. From these trajectories, it is possible to conceive of a fresh hybrid space, composed of overlapping elements.
We ask tangata whenua, artists, technologists, teachers, environmentalists, scientists, philosophers, educationalists, indigenous peoples, technologists and lecturers to contact us with ideas for talks, discussions, presentations, residency projects, exhibition ideas for gallery space and a botanic garden. And to join us on the weekend of January 1st – 3rd 2013 at a hui to share knowledge and build resources.
Early expression of interest due: February 15 2012
Residency proposed dates: Saturday 19 January to Monday 4 February 2013
Symposium proposed dates: February 1-3 2013
3RD Nature involves creativity and innovation at the intersection of three critical interfaces:
*Acknowledging the environmental crisis
*Engaging with Maori and indigenous peoples
*Engaging with Earth Sciences and the Hybrid Arts
These three intersecting dialogues provide space for a Third Nature, a fresh space for engaging with new knowledge and approaches vital to a sustainable civilisation.
PROJECT COMPONENTS: RESIDENCY; EXHIBITIONS
MUSEUM, BOTANIC GARDEN; PECHA KUCHA NIGHT; PRESENTATION EVENING; SYMPOSIUM; CATALOGUE
The residency commences with an overnight stay at historic Owae marae. To assist residents raising funds, there several opportunities for exhibition, symposium and/or presentation. Over the two week period of the residency, there will open labs for cross fertilization at WITT Art Space. The public are welcome to attend but much of the cross fertilisation will occur among residents, in terms of projects and discussion.
2. EXHIBITIONS AT PUKE ARIKI INTEGRATED MUSEUM AND LIBRARY
Six places are available for exhibition projects. This would consist of work in a similar vein to the residency project but already completed and able to be installed on the first weekend.
3. EXHIBITIONS PROJECTS IN PUKEKURA PARK, A BOTANICAL GARDEN
Four places are available for works suitable to display in the local botanic garden. These are all outdoor venues. Work of a botanical nature referencing the Third Nature theme, or utilising an existing three data sensor network connected to an Open Mesh box, will be sought.
4. PECHA KUCHA NIGHT
A special edition of Pecha Kucha featuring SCANZ participants will happen during the residency.
5. PRESENTATION OF PROJECTS – WITT ART DEPARTMENT
This is a one night event where projects can be presented and discussed. This occurs on the Saturday night of the final weekend, as a component of the symposium. Participation is voluntary and the event will be publicised.
The symposium will consist of four sections each providing it’s own contribution: creativity, earth sciences, tangata whenua, and environmental. There will be one stream only so all participants can be involved in all discussion. Seating will be in round table format, with panel presenters among the audience to facilitate discussion.
A small catalogue will be produced and include four peer reviewed papers from the symposium.