- In each of your assignments for Studio this year you made work that responded to a concept integral to the pōwhiri process – Mihimihi, Tūrangawaewae, Ātea, and Hākari. Define the concept that corresponds with the project you feel was the best thing you made in Studio all year. (25 words)
The concept that corresponds with the best project I made this year in Studio would have to be Turangawaewae. Turangawaewae is the integral Maori concept that is the idea of where one stands in relation to the residence, belonging and family. The foundation of where we come from is Turangawaewae – it’s our home and our place in the world where we feel most at peace.
- 2. Discuss the work you made:describe its physical attributes, the concept/s behind it, and the wider context in which you made it. (100 words)
Turangawaewae was the second concept of the powhiri process that I completed in the studio assignment. My work was a noise maker that sounded of home to me.
Originally a red desk lamp, I recycled it by taking the ‘cup’ and the lamp base and gluing together with some super glue and drilling various sized holes throughout the body. Gravel rocks were hung inside and when shaken in a circular motion, it ‘clinked’, ‘tinged’ and hit with the larger gravel stone, it ‘clanged’ and echoed. The concept behind this is the bell sounds of my bike I rode throughout my neighbourhood of Papamoa in Tauranga and the gravel paths I used to ride on. Our group had to each make noisemakers that were inspired by Turangawaewae, or the home we come from and combined as a group performance, it was to reflect these ideals in harmony.
3. Erna Stachl discusses decolonisation and ManaWahine in her lecture. How did you consider gender and/or indigeneity and/or the intersections between the two in your work? Why should you be thinking about this at all? Use key ideas in the lecture and the texts by Ani Mikaere and Linda Tuhiwai-Smith to support your argument. (75 words)
I considered gender and indigeneity