Suzanne Tamaki

InDigiNous - Urban Shaman Aboriginal Art Gallery, Winnipeg by JoFF Rae

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New Zealand Māori artists working within digital environments

01 December 2017 – 20 January 2018

Opening Reception: December 01, 2017 from 8pm to 11pm
Where: Urban Shaman Aboriginal Art Gallery, 203-290 McDermot Ave. Winnipeg, MB

Artists: Reweti Arapere, Hana Rakena, Rachael Rakena, Kereama Taepa, Suzanne Tamaki, Johnson Witehira, Rangituhia Hollis

Virtual histories are a form of fictional writing that apply a ‘what if’ scenario to history. For example, ‘what if Christopher Columbus did not discover the Americas’, or ‘what if Able Tasman did not discover New Zealand’? Of course neither Columbus nor Tasman were responsible for discovering either of those lands, and the artists in this exhibition explore this idea of ‘virtual histories’ in relation to these types of so called ‘true histories’.

The artworks in this exhibition are made by seven Māori artists from Aotearoa New Zealand who use digital media to create real and virtual spaces for Indigenous knowledge. The exhibition includes a range of media from virtual reality and augmented reality artworks, through to video games, projection installation and 3D printing. Each artwork critiques dominate histories and perceptions of Indigenous peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand, and postulates on how different the world might be for Indigenous peoples in the future.

Exhibition curator Reuben Friend says, “the exhibition includes some of the leading figures currently working in Māori digital art and is a major chance to review how Māori digital media has advanced over the past ten years”.

Suzanne Tamaki - jewellery by JoFF Rae

Suzanne Tamaki has gained a reputation for developed extravagant & sophisticated work in events & exhibitions - the curator of the bizarre & fabulous blended with 100% natural indigenous ingredients.  The strength of her work is in the culture of respect, adaptability & positive enthusiasm - from adopting cutting edge augmented reality technology to skillfully selecting repertoire & content Tamaki confronts the mystical with her own brand of magic... however Tamaki's extensive & diverse portfolio is based in fashion...

"the whole world is a fashion show"

Here's some of that fabulous jewellery from the Tamaki archive...

< click the image - get a closer look >

Pūkana whakarunga! Pūkana whakararo! by JoFF Rae

1st of June Exhibit

Augmented Reality installation of 3D models of genuine artefacts from Te Papa with fine contemporary artworks for Matariki...

 

Reuben Paterson Afternoon Delight (2017) 
glitter and synthetic polymer on canvas, stretcher: 1501 x 2248 x 37 mm $50,000

Robyn Kahukiwa - Nga Tamariki a Tane
oil/alkyd oil on canvas, 122 x 122cm, 2015, $10,750

Stevei Houkamau &nbsp;'Ipu Whenua', 2017  white raku clay

Stevei Houkamau 'Ipu Whenua', 2017
white raku clay

An installation involving Augmented Reality from genuine artefacts from the Te Papa archives...


Pūkana whakarunga!
Gaze wildly to the realm above!

Reweti Arapere Kauri Hawkins Stevei Houkamau Lonnie Hutchinson Robyn Kahukiwa Kereama Taepa David Hakaraia James Lainchbury Reuben Paterson Ngatai Taepa

Pūkana whakararo!
Gaze wildly to the realm below!

with Te Whare Rokiroki - Māori Women's Refuge and others

Te Papa / Toi Poneke installation

Working with Artist & Curator Suzanne Tamaki & exclusive access to the Te Papa Artefacts & Collections.

This unique installation of integrated Augmented Reality & immersive media utilises genuine artefacts & archives with state of the art new technology involving Augmented & Merged Reality that will surprise, excite & enlighten... where art & education are cohesively confused in an immersive statement.

Producer Joff Rae says "Tamaki presents these works as a functional element of her curatorial process establishing a purposeful & relative response to the works of the selected artists showing in the group exhibition... the interactive AR & MR are unique artistic presentations & works - it's clever & insightful that she uses genuine artefacts from the Te Papa Collections"

Suzanne Tamaki presents selected Augmented & Merged Reality works.