Re: [-empyre-] chipping in
definitely there are maori & pacific island artists working in new
media, here in nz & overseas. i have to confess that at the moment my
brain is working slowly & not many names are jumping out, but one who
does spring to mind is maru nihoniho who is a games developer; she
manages her own company now but her background is in 3d modelling,
animation etc. http://www.metia.co.nz/ one of her games, the guardian
(http://theguardiangame.com/) has a female maori main character.
there are a lot of maori visual artists whose work incorporates
digital, also in the music industry & vj ... perhaps someone can help
me out with some names here? there are a number of maori art web
sites buti haven't found one that deals specifically with maori
digital art (there probably is one ... )
if you do a search for maori art & artists you are more likely to
find traditional art forms, & i think (correct me if i'm wrong,
someone) that the focus of funding for maori & pacific arts has
tended to be on the traditional (eg carving, traditional performing
arts, language etc). the renaissance in maori art & culture is still
fairly recent so still tends to be driven by the desire to preserve
arts & crafts that were potentially going to disappear.
there's also a distinction between maori (who are the tangata whenua,
indigenous people of aotearoa) & pacific island / polynesian peoples
who are not indigenous but who have brought strong artistic practices
with them & have had a strong influence on arts & culture,
particularly in the north parts of the country.
h : )
As you say, Polynesian & Asian cultures have a strong influence in
NZ. I was wondering if you know of any indgenious people living in
New Zealand who who are curently practising in New media themselves,
or anything close to it at least?
helen varley jamieson: creative catalyst
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