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Ars Electronica Garden Aotearoa New Zealand

Virtual opening night with Associate Professor Uwe Rieger


Join us for the opening night of Ars Electronica Garden Aotearoa New Zealand and explore the boundaries of digital technology as we dive into new realities created with the fusion of digital and physical design world.

About Ars Electronica

Ars Electronica 2020 with its 120 international hubs becomes an exciting experimental laboratory and prototype for a next-level networking that will focus primarily on new forms and possibilities of fusion and coexistence of analogue and digital, real and virtual, physical and telematic proximity.

The first ever Ars Electronica Garden Aotearoa New Zealand offers a portal to visit the creative and emerging technology scene of the South Pacific. It assembles selected projects from New Zealand’s technologists, artists, and researchers. Curated by the Digital Research Hub (DRH) and developed by the arc/sec Lab headed by Associate Professor Uwe Rieger at the University of Auckland, the Garden welcomes local and international visitors to a three dimensional online gallery.

To celebrate the launch of Ars Electronica in New Zealand, we invite you to tune in for a virtual opening night with Associate Professor Uwe Rieger and a panel discussion featuring some of the incredible artists and project owners participating in the first Ars Electronica Garden Aotearoa New Zealand.

Attendees can also witness the launch of Kōrero Paki, an app that takes five key moments from Maori mythology and transforms them into 3D holographic sculptures displayed on personal hand-held devices. Through a simplified motion capture process, the drawings were transformed by a live performer into animated narratives. Viewed with simple red/cyan cardboard glasses, the sculptures are perceived as hovering above the surface of a smartphone and appear to be dancing in the viewer’s hand.

Further to being part of the virtual Ars Electronica Garden Aotearoa New Zealand programme, Hoki Mai Ki Ahau (Return To Me) will also be available to experience physically in Aotea Square from 14-20 September 2020. Hoki Mai ki Ahau (Return to Me) creates an oasis of digital calm and a healing soundscape in the heart of Tāmaki Makaurau.

About the speakers


Charles Koroneho

Charles Koroneho (NZ) – Charles Koroneho created Te Toki Haruru to explore cultural collaboration and the intersection between dance, theatre and design. His projects are presented as performances, research workshops and arts collaborations exploring the collision between Maori cosmology, New Zealand society and global cultures.



Uwe Rieger

Uwe Rieger (DE/NZ), Director of Digital Research Hub and Head of arc/sec Lab - Uwe Rieger is an architect and researcher whose work on Reactive Architecture aims to connect the intangible digital world with multi-sensory qualities of physical constructions and spaces.



Professor Marc Aurel Schnabel

Professor Marc Aurel Schnabel (DE/NZ) - Professor Marc Aurel Schnabel is the Dean of the Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation, Chair Professor Architectural Technology at the Wellington School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington. He publishes extensively internationally about novel perspectives in digital architecture and urban design. He curated three digital architectural exhibitions and chaired several international conferences.



Gibson / Martelli

Gibson / Martelli (UK) - Examining ideas of player, performer and visitor, European art duo Gibson / Martelli playfully address the position of the self – intertwining tropes of videogames and traditions of figure & landscape. Working with live simulation, performance capture, installation and video, the artists create immersive virtual realities.



Jermaine Leef

Jermaine Leef (NZ) - Jermaine Leef is a producer and director. He has produced and directed content with most becoming ‘viral’ videos totalling 50 million views. Jermaine is known as TV Presenter (TVNZ, C4, Disney Channel), has successfully toured the world with Jgeeks entertainment, and created the "Maui animated" series funded by Te Mangai Paho.



Yinan Liu

Yinan Liu (NZ) - Yinan Liu is a digital artist and programmer with an architectural background from the University of Auckland. From Jan 2017 till Jan 2020, she was the Coordinator of the Digital Research Hub at the School of Architecture and Planning.