Place Stories (Matariki) was an app-based sound installation that wove through the spaces of Papakura, South Auckland. To hear a little about it listen to this Radio NZ Interview.
Local artists contributed poems, waiata, sonic soundscapes, and eclectic soundtracks celebrating Matariki and the land and spirit of the town. These works were then ‘placed’ in different spaces around the town using the latest in locative mobile technology supplied by Imersia group and adapted by Kim Newall.
The audience downloaded the app from iTunes and Google Play store, put on their headphones and walked around the town listening to sounds appear and disappear as they travelled.
A wayfinding map assisted them to locate and listen to the works.
The audio was designed to play only in and around spaces that need some love, attention or celebration – allowing person and place to connect via the portal of the mobile phone.
Contributing artists included mana whenua, the Audio Foundation, Tokelauan cultural leaders, local kaumatua, new media artists and underground collectives.
Waiata, spoken word, samples and synthesised tracks, and sound effects, were all part of the town-wide installation which celebrated the town’s diversity, and the spirit/wairua of the town at Matariki, a time when the boundaries between worlds are at their thinnest.
For those who did not have smartphones an installation was created within Papakura Art Gallery using AR technology to trigger images provided by Fred Harrison a local Maori artist. The images represented portals through to the spirit of Matariki, with the tablet acting as another portal to access the audio works.
Maggie Buxton conceived of Place Stories, and produced and curated the work.
App development and visual design was undertaken by Kim Newall
- Fred Harrison (Audio Foundation)
- Whiri-Aroha (Papakura Marae Korowai Weaving Group)
- Uniform (Audio Foundation)
- Moe Lolesi
- Haare Williams
- Mahu Rawiri
- Kim Newall
Imersia Group who provided the technical infrastructure to support the experience.