a week of arts, media and culture  
SPARC.2001 . AUGUST 20 - AUGUST 24.2001 . DEPARTMENT OF MEDIA ARTS . THE WAIKATO POLYTECHNIC
SPARC.Live
SPARC.2001 – an exciting series of lectures and performances by artists, musicians and critics. Hosted by the Department of Media Arts at The Waikato Polytechnic and the Waikato Museum of Art and History, Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. Live coverage at http://sparc.mediarts.net.nz/sparclive

The series features local, national and international presentations on a wide range of arts and media production including contemporary arts, film and video, digital media, performance, photography, music, illustration, architecture, and cultural theory. This is a rare opportunity to encounter leading practitioners in their fields. Don't miss it!
 
All events are open to the general public.
 
CONTACT: http://sparc.mediarts.net.nz/sparc2001
CONTACT: sparc@mediarts.net.nz
CONTACT: 07 834 8875
     
Programme
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Venue
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Monday Monday    

10:00AM

FIONA CLARK
ARTIST PRESENTATION: PHOTOGRAPHY
Taranaki based artist Fiona Clark has been photographing for the last twenty years. Some of her projects include K.G. Club, Auckland, Dance Party Series 1975, Miss N.Z. Drag Queen Ball & Mojos Nightclub, Kai Moana 1979/81, Living With HIV/Aids, Club 47, and The Other Half. Clark's work has tipped tired notions of documentary photography through her recordings of socially excluded communities. She continues to explore similar areas concerning identity and its social and historical saturation.
 
http://www.fionaclark.taranaki.co.nz/

1:00PM

MONIQUE JANSEN
ARTIST PRESENTATION
Monique Jansens' paintings rephrase some of the procedural and conceptual rigours of late Modernism, utilising methods and means characterised by monotony, rhythm and pattern. Her works induce a consonance between the dynamics of Op and the repetitive meter of knitting. Monique will discuss and show images of her work, describing her methodology and dispositions, as well as some aspects of her professional artistic practice.

1:00PM

JAMES WARD
MEDIA PRESENTATION: STRATEGY
James Ward, Saatchi & Saatchi, Media Strategist and thinker extraordinaire, for a leading creative organisation which employs 7000 people in more than 150 offices around the world. Clients include Toyota, Procter & Gamble, Sony and Visa. "We contend that, after television, branding might be the biggest cultural phenomenon of the 20th century." Paul Wilson, The Value Engineers.
Alternate Venue: Lecture Theatre, Waikato Museum of Art and History, Te Whare Taonga o Waikato.

3:00PM

DAVID BENNEWITH
ARTIST PRESENTATION . HELLO/GOODBYE
A collection of personal photographic memories and ideas. The photographic record which surpasses the ephemeral nature of the act of photography, an objective view of the photographic medium with particular attention drawn to primary elements of photography - film, light & place and the print.

6:30PM

JOHN PULE
VIDEO SCREENING . KO E TALA
The world premiere of a video work which documents a recent exhibition of work by Nuiean/NZ artist John Pule. Mixing mythology, history and contemporary art practice, John's work is a unique blend, as is powerfully displayed in Ko E Tala. Accompanying the video will be a programme of recent New Zealand short films, including animation, comedy and drama.
Alternate Venue: Screening starts 6:30pm, Village 7 - Cinema 1.

 
Tuesday Tuesday

10:00AM

ROBINA McCRUDY
DESIGN PRESENTATION: ECO-DESIGN
Robina McCrudy is a trustee of Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa and foundermember/trustee of Tui Land Trust. For two decades she has worked nationally and internationally as a consultant in integrated land-use design - with households, neighbourhoods, schools, farms, ecovillages and bioregions. Robina weaves together facilitation, education and design in a unique and powerful way, to build sustainable community in harmony with the the natural environment.

1:00PM

RINZEN (AUS)
DESIGN PRESENTATION: PRINT & WEB-DESIGN
Rinzen exists somewhere over the rainbow, bending reality into shapes pleasing to the eye and the ear. Realising its dreams across a range of client and personal projects, it aligns the creative directions of the six members in print and web design, illustration, fonts, characters, animation and music.
 
http://www.rinzen.com
http://www.rmxxx.com

3:00PM

GREG PAGE
FILM PRESENTATION . SO FAR, SO GOOD
Greg is a former Media Arts student who has made good in the world of animation, music videos, short film and commercials. Decaff has entered NZ film lore, and his claymation appears frequently on our television screens. He has made videos for many of the best local bands, and his short film, Sarah's Washing, won international prizes. Greg will (very entertainingly) talk about his career since leaving Tech.

5:30PM

T.B.C.
ARTIST PRESENTATION
 
Wednesday Wednesday

10:00AM

JOHN BARNETT
FILM PRESENTATION: FILM & TV PRODUCTION
John will discuss the domestic TV industry from production to broadcast and how drama is put together and funded. John Barnett joined South Pacific Pictures as Managing Director in late 1993. He began his career in the film and television business as an independent producer in 1973, producing New Zealand's first drama series filmed on location. Over the past 20 years, he has produced television drama, documentaries and 13 feature films, including Middle Age Spread, Beyond Reasonable Doubt and the animated smash hit Footrot Flats. He was also Executive Producer for What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? and Jubilee.

http://www.spp.co.nz/

1:00PM

PANEL DISCUSSION
CONTEMPORARY ART
John Hurrell (Chair): Recently appointed Curator of Contemporary Art at the Waikato Museum of Art and History, John Hurrell has been an integral part of the New Zealand art scene over the last twenty years not only as a critical commentator, essayist, exhibition maker but also as a practicing artist.
Natasha Conland: As Curator of Art and Visual Culture, Natasha is the latest addition to the visual arts department of Te Papa Tongarewa. She has a Masters in Art History & Theory from the University of Auckland and is quickly establishing herself as a insightful commentator and curator of recent currents in New Zealand art.
Jonathan Smart: In New Zealand's visual arts community Jonathan Smart name is synonymous with representing an array of both established and young up-and-coming artists. Based in Christchurch Smart's dealer space has not only sought to produce a number of challenging exhibitions he has also always maintained a commitment to producing printed matter, illustrating an interest in art which extends far beyond the primary service of sales alone.
Emma Bugden: General Manager of The Physics Room, a contemporary art project space in Christchurch. Emma has recently curated shows of New Zealand Artists for Southern Exposure (San Francisco) and EAF (Adelaide).

3:30PM

BACK OF THE Y
ARTIST PRESENTATION: TV & VIDEO
As we go to print we are not even sure if Matt Heath and Chris Stapp's Back of the Y will have been aired in its late Tuesday night TV. 2 time slot, but if it has we are sure they'll need no introduction. Hailing from the deep south Matt and Chris have spent the last number of years jumping off buildings, setting themselves on fire and trying numerous idiotic stunts in a series of legendary videos which have taken New Zealand television and its audiences to new levels of gratuitous stupidity. As they put it themselves in the Listener, "We go all out for the weakest joke and spend hours and hours in the editing and post-production Making violence happen onscreen and doing wanking jokes is very hard work, and very, very rewarding."

http://www.backofthey.co.nz

 
Thursday Thursday

10:00AM

BILL McARTHUR
RESEARCH PRESENTATION: ART & SCIENCE
Bill McArthur will speak on the visualization of x-ray images by medical professionals, looking at the cross-over between art and science. This was the subject of his PhD research several years ago. Bill teaches in the Department of Screen & Media at the University of Waikato. He is the founder and head of MacArthur Group Industries.

1:00PM

MERDA (AUS)
DESIGN PRESENTATION: DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION . PREMEDITATED MERDA
Jay Rankine aka Merda is a Melbourne-based designer / illustrator. He will present a visual diary of his progress from past to present and explain his transition from aerosol art into the digital age.

http://www.merda.com.au

3:00PM

TOM ESLINGER
DESIGN PRESENTATION: PRINT & INTERACTIVE DESIGN
Tom is the interactive creative director of Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand. Tom came to New Zealand in 1990 and for five years he developed the interactive media, design and art history and typography curriculum for Wanganui Polytechnic. Prior to joining Saatchi & Saatchi in 1998, Tom created interactive/online and television campaigns for Levis, Sega, Ford, Ray Gun magazine (USA) and Bell South. With Saatchi & Saatchi, Tom has worked with adidas, Telecom, NZRFU, City Gallery and Toyota.

5:30PM

RICKY SWALLOW (AUS)
ARTIST PRESENTATION: CONTEMPORARY ART
Born in San Remo, Victoria, Australia, in 1974, Ricky Swallow's exhibition history reads like that of a seasoned campaigner in the arts fraternity; winner of the Contempora 5 Art Award in 1999, shows in New York, Oslo, Los Angeles, Belgium and Wales. This young sculptors already prolific output employs a high caliber of conceptual and visual material - this is a not to be missed artist talk.

 
Friday Friday

10:00AM

SIMON SHAW
DESIGN PRESENTATION: ILLUSTRATION
Simon Shaw is an illustrator and the co-founder/director of Watermark, a hugely successful NZ company of illustrators, who have realised an 11 year long vision, to be global. Watermark is unique as a business and creative model, combining a strong team ethic with recognition for the creative pace of individuals. Illustration is their core business but they see themselves as an ideas and image resource, that values people, the developments in technology, and fosters young talent.

http://www.watermarkltd.com

1:00PM

DAVID CULLINGTON & TIM CHECKLEY
DESIGN PRESENTATION: WEB-DESIGN
David has been working with ZIVO as Senior Designer for the past three years working with high profile clients such as Vodafone, Holden, TV3, TelstraSaturn and MSD. Tim used to work at ZIVO too, but now he works at Webmedia, specialising in Flash interactive content. Tim's background is in fine arts, David's in speed metal. Together they aim to create less hateful internet content.

http://amsterdam.webmedia.com

3:00PM

CUCKOO
ARTIST PRESENTATION: CURATORIAL INITIATIVE
Over the course of the last year Cuckoo has been infiltrating the programmes of a number of prominent Auckland art venues with a series of exhibitions and artists that would not usually be associated with these spaces. A number of the Cuckoo crew will be speaking about their concerns as writers and artists operating in the current local art scene and some of their approaches to curating art events.

http://www.cuckoo.org.nz

6:00PM

HOME INVASION
EXHIBITION OPENING
Is it safe in your street, have you joined neighborhood watch, do you sleep easy at night, are you ready for Home Invasion. Here's your chance to look into another persons house without being prosecuted and its all in the name of art. Come and check out Home Invasion - where private lives become public property.
Alternate Venue: 89 Lake Road, Frankton.

9:00PM

NO-MONEY
SPARC.2001 CLUBNIGHT
DJs:
World Records
Lazzzy Suzzzn
Nasty
 
Electro / Funk / Breaks / Pop / Whatever
Regular Door Charge
Alternate Venue: Motion (Club), 270 Victoria Street, Hamilton.
 
Venue Venue


MAIN VENUE

 
R Block Studio
Gate 1
Collingwood Street
Media Arts Department
Waikato Polytechnic
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JAMES WARD
Lecture Theatre
Waikato Museum of Art and History, Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
cnr Victoria & Grantham Streets
Hamilton

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JOHN PULE
Village 7 - Cinema 1
cnr Ward & Angelsea Streets
Hamilton

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HOME INVASION
89 Lake Road
Frankton

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NO-MONEY
Motion (Club)
270 Victoria Street
Hamilton
 
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