JiscMail Logo
Email discussion lists for the UK Education and Research communities

Help for NEW-MEDIA-CURATING Archives


NEW-MEDIA-CURATING Archives

NEW-MEDIA-CURATING Archives


NEW-MEDIA-CURATING@JISCMAIL.AC.UK


View:

Message:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Topic:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Author:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

Font:

Proportional Font

LISTSERV Archives

LISTSERV Archives

NEW-MEDIA-CURATING Home

NEW-MEDIA-CURATING Home

NEW-MEDIA-CURATING  February 2009

NEW-MEDIA-CURATING February 2009

Options

Subscribe or Unsubscribe

Subscribe or Unsubscribe

Log In

Log In

Get Password

Get Password

Subject:

raranga tangata

From:

Sally Jane Norman <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Sally Jane Norman <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 5 Feb 2009 02:48:42 +0000

Content-Type:

text/plain

Parts/Attachments:

Parts/Attachments

text/plain (29 lines)

Dear all

Questions Sarah raises about weaving together artists and curators within a specific locality are particularly poignant here in Taranaki, a region which embraces the unique cultural resilience of Parihaka, a place that has survived the direst of colonial clashes to become a centre for cultural preservation and development.

They are also particularly poignant now, on February 5th. Tomorrow is Waitangi Day, nationally and very diversely celebrated - or not - for the signing in 1840 of the highly conflictual Treaty between North Island Maori and Pakeha / UK colonisers, which has subsequently and especially since the establishment of the Waitangi Tribunal in the nineteen seventies been revised to (begin to) address grievances and anomalies.

So here and now at SCANZ is a loaded moment.

We've moreover been privileged with the presence of an elder, Te Huirangi, spokesperson for our group at the powhiri, the formal welcome we received upon arrival at the meeting house, the wharenui, of the beautiful Owae marae here in Taranaki. Te Huirangi's message is one of respectful dialogue, of carefully opening up spaces where difference can be articulated and perhaps resolved, of creating social protocols in which we can develop trust and interaction. He was with us again this morning so our ears and minds are resonating with this commitment to shared knowledge building, perhaps epitomised by a group of people in the room now who are learning to weave freshly cut harakeke - flax - under the patient guidance of a friend of Te Huirangi's. Hands-on knowledge sharing. And it smells really good.

So maybe for me, the lesson from this and the link with Sarah's question, is of the same order: how one brings people up to speed under the constraints she's outlined, and in keeping with the ethic we're encountering on a daily level, seems to have much to do with this quality of carefully creating protocols in which we can develop trust and interaction. This is what we see Sarah and Mercedes and the team doing with dedication down at the Govett Brewster Gallery. It's what we see Dominic Smith and Brett Stallbaum and Andrew Gryf Paterson doing in order to engage effectively yet non-intrusively with the local participants who've joined their projects. A kind of unspoken maieutics or midwifery. It also resonates strangely with qualities we encounter amongst improvising performers and musicians at ICMuS in Newcastle, who learn early that silence does not necessarily mean passivity, and that open listening is integral to playing, to socially and creatively opening up spaces for interaction and exchange. As Te Huirangi repeatedly points out, awareness of and respect for difference, the distinctive ways and contexts for subjects and areas of interaction, is the starting point for moving together.

So I think this holds equally for the curatorial issues.

kia ora from SCANZ, Taranaki, Aotearoa, from a wiwi kiwi

sjn



Sally Jane Norman
Director
Culture Lab
Grand Assembly Rooms
King's Walk
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
www.ncl.ac.uk/culturelab<http://www.ncl.ac.uk/culturelab>

Top of Message | Previous Page | Permalink

JiscMail Tools


RSS Feeds and Sharing


Advanced Options


Archives

October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001


JiscMail is a Jisc service.

View our service policies at https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/policyandsecurity/ and Jisc's privacy policy at https://www.jisc.ac.uk/website/privacy-notice

Secured by F-Secure Anti-Virus CataList Email List Search Powered by the LISTSERV Email List Manager