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Recalling Puari Pa

Christchurch Arts Festival & Ngai Tahu

A new way of thinking about the past

Working together with members of Ngai Tahu iwi, local museums and scientists, we researched and created this generative installation using openFrameworks. The work explores how, through New Zealand’s history, objects, people, flora and fauna have been culturally displaced by progress, time and shifting power structures.

The result was a site-specific respresentation of events and objects that have grown out of the physical space that was once Puari Pa.

Along with ‘Mo Tatou’, this site-specific, community engagement work formed part of the ‘Waharoa’ (Gateways) installation in Cathedral Square for the 2009 Christchurch Arts Festival.

Creative Programming – Damian Stewart

Icon Design – Desna Whaanga-Schollum