Senior lecturer, Ngā Pae Māhutonga - The School of Design
The focus of my recent practice based research is the field of the affective interface between human sensory experience and the illuminated, sonic, spatio-temporal conditions of a constructed design. My creative practice uses light and movement realised through custom built hardware and software, to explore ways of designing and communicating affective, felt and sensual human experiences.
My recent focus has been on the potential to transform social experiences through designing encounters between people and unpredictable, situated and nomadic objects in public spaces and during civic events, such as light festivals.
My current focus is a transdisciplinary Art, Design and Science project, exploring ways in which the universal human condition of sleeping, waking and dreaming can be communicated through situated and technologically enabled, illuminated and sonic environments.
Practice based research, Human centred design, Transdisciplinary, Immersive and interactive installations.
Lighting, installation, light festivals, human centred design, Transdisciplinary research, interactivity, practice based research
Exhibited at ISEA, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA; The Balloon Fiesta, Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum; IDEA, Perth, Australia; Fab8, Wellington, New Zealand; WGTN LUX, Wellington, New Zealand.
Belugas is a participatory installation that transforms our experience of human interaction into another mode - one of visible light and movement. The installation investigates what Usman Haque calls 'the poetries of interaction': how people interact with each other and with a responsive environment. Belugas explores the potential of responsive environments to create surroundings that can act as mediating devices for social interaction.
L.E.D Zeppelin (2011)
Exhibited at WGTN LUX, Wellington, New Zealand.
L.E.D Zeppelin is an installation that transforms the invisible electromagnetic field into another mode - that of visible light. This takes place using the electromagnetic fields generated through mobile phone use. The installation aims to make visible something that is invisible, yet has become a major part of the contemporary landscape.
Exhibited at The Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland; NORDES: Engaging Artifacts, AHO, Oslo, Norway; BLOW Festival, Wellington, New Zealand.
Lightbox is an installation that appears to relocate the Southern Hemisphere’s Aurora Austalis to the northern hemisphere. It uses dynamic data sourced from Antarctica and a purpose built giant walk-in camera obscura. The Lightbox project was created in partnership with Antarctica New Zealand, the American NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and Anthony Powell (McMurdo Station).
- 2005 - Certificate IV in workplace training and assessment, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia
- 2003 - Master of Arts in Animation and Interactive Media, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
- 2000 - Post Graduate Diploma in Animation and Interactive Media, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
- 1988 - Diploma of Teaching, Christchurch Teachers College, New Zealand
- 1987 - Diploma of Fine Arts (Painting), Otago Polytechnic School of Fine Art, New Zealand