The Tamaki Estuary
lecturers and technicians
The artwork itself
Questions surrounding the agency of the environments and sites I work with and whether it is retained through my art-making. Does the act of using them as active participants within my practice degrade them in any way? Is it wrong to impose the human action of art-making on the nature of the non-human environment?
Does my project require ethics? Who is related to the shoreline? Do I need permission from anyone? Who will it affect?
Is the Tamaki Estuary public land or owned by a specific group/iwi that I will need to contact for ethics?
What do I hope to discover or communicate through my practice and how does it draw others into a web of relations? I hope to deeper enmesh my practice within the ecological mesh, and bring ecological concerns and human/non-human relations to a more conscious level within the societal mind.
What kinds of power relations come into play in the process of art-making and the event of exhibiting your work? What responsibilities do you have? There are power relations between myself as the artist and the Tamaki Estuary ecology, between the artworks and the viewer, and between the public/beach-goers and the process of making the art and therefore also the Tamaki Estuary. I am responsible for ensuring that the nature of the environment retains its agency throughout the process of my project and that I am not degrading or damaging it in any way.
What do you think will be revealed or understood through undertaking this research project? I think that I will achieve a deeper, enriched understanding of the Tamaki Estuary and surrounding ecologies, both human and non-human, and therefore an understanding of the greater ecological concerns of the wider world.
How will your research matter to people, places or things - your community or audience-participants, and/or nonhumam stakeholders? Because of the site-responsive nature of my research it will likely have a greater impact on people that live near or have close ties to the area of the Tamaki Estuary, due to the fact that they have had lived experiences with the site and are therefore able to identify with the project on a more personal, intimate level than someone who would view the work cold. My research will also matter to the physical site itself, as the making of it is taking place within the actual environment, meaning that the two will have an affect on each other simply by sharing a space together, for a period of time becoming a part of the same ecology.