Paopao ki tua o Rangi
Paopao ki tua o Rangi, is a multi-media installation that I helped create for Taranaki artist Ngaahina Hohaia. As the audio and video technician, I put together the animation and sound for the work. Here I combined details from historic photographs of Ngahina’s tupuna (ancestors), self portraits of the artist, animated sound patterns and sound recordings from both the artist and her father. The main design challenge in this project was figuring out how to map the animation onto the +160 poi which are fixed to the wall.
The narrative in this installation is about the history of Parihaka pā. Parihaka is a pan-tribal Maori community which was established in the 19th century on the western side of Mount Taranaki as a consequence of New Zealand Wars land confiscation. It was a site of passive resistance against ongoing discrimination by armed colonial forces. In 1881 it was invaded by New Zealand Government military forces, its leaders and followers imprisoned without trial for many years following.