Category Archives: Design

Where Memories Sleep – Project overview

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A very brief overview of the Where Memories Sleep Project including behind the scenes footage of production.

Where Memories Sleep is an immersive cinedance performance that is designed to introduce new audiences to Antarctica and the science undertaken there.

The installation, inspired by Jason’s trips to Scott Base in 2016 and 2018, combines live and pre-recorded dancers projected on to a bespoke glacier set and the fulldome at Wellington’s SpacePlace.

The project is a collaboration between Jason O’Hara (creative director, motionographer, documentary maker and scenographer) and Warren Maxwell (musician), and is supported by a team of professional dancers.

Antartica research shifts to “the new heroic age”

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After a really productive initial discussion with @AntarcticaNZ my research has moved into a new phase – I’m now focussing  on the depiction of ‘heroes’ and ‘explorers’ through portraiture in historic and contemporary contexts.

This reflects a fledgling strategic approach to repositioning the public perception of science by depicting the Antarctic Scientists as “Science Explorers” – modern approachable heroes striving to understand climate change to help deal with it.

This might be the beginning of “the new heroic age” of Antarctica?

Still early days … watch this space.

 

More on the Antarctica project >

Shifting perceptions

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Warren (Maxwell) and I had a most excellent meeting with Jeanine Foster from Antarctica New Zealand today. We talked through some of the logistics, looked at some of her killer photos and generally got excited! She generously added to the pile of Antarctica reading material in the corner of the studio too. Ta Jeanine.

Planning has definitely moved on this week – a content and communications strategy is forming nicely. There is even the start of a few journey maps (NB: #CoCA358 students) floating around.

AntarcticaNZ are currently doing some primary research around perceptions of Antarctica and science which is going to be invaluable.

Warren and I are buzzing! Cross discipline creative collaboration is proving exciting so far.

More on this project >

Antarctica: 60 shades of white

anz_logoI’m super stoked to announce that I’m going to Antarctica this summer on the Antarctica New Zealand Community Engagement Program to work with the scientists at New Zealand’s Antarctic base, Scott Base.

Exploring and celebrating 60 years of Scott Base, this project aims to connect new audiences with Antarctica by allowing them to experience the life and work at Scott Base through the eyes of the scientists, explorers and personnel that have been there. Details of the project outputs will evolve over the course of the project but are likely to involve multi-channel immersive video instillation, photography and other online videos.

The working title of the project is “Antarctica: 60 shades of white”. Watch for the hash tag #60shadesofwhite on my Twitter feed

This project will be the subject for my MDes project at Massey University’s School of Design for the next two years and many other outputs beyond that I’m sure. Details of exactly when and how long I ‘m going to The Ice so watch this space for more detail.

I have set up a project page on the site where I will document progress.

HUGE thanks to everyone at Antarctica New Zealand for saying yes!

NZSO: The Rite of Spring

It may not feel like it in Wellington today but spring has arrived so it seems timely to show ‘the making of’ one of the images I created while I was at Insight Creative for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

With five stock images and a few hours in photoshop hopefully I have something that represents the dark beauty of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”

Stravinsky’s avant-garde 1913 ballet score sparked a riot in the theatre on its Paris premiere. This famously controversial work, full of savage force and fiery beauty is summed up in Stravinsky’s own description of his inspiration: “I had a fleeting vision that came to me as a complete surprise … I saw in imagination a solemn pagan rite: sage elders, seated in a circle, watching a young girl dance herself to death. They were sacrificing her to propitiate the god of spring”.

This is one image from the 2015 Season seres for which Insight has been made a finalist for in this years Best Awards.

The NZSO performances of this start in November this year (see website for details)
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I created a time machine

As part of the Taranaki Wars exhibition at Puke Ariki in New Plymouth Insight Creative (where I was Design Director) were contracted to produce an interactive to document a recent archeological dig in the Taranaki district. It used computer generated models to show what structures were in place at the site. I designed a revolving touchscreen interactive kiosk which faced a large scale photograph of the location as it appears today. As it turns, the screen displays an ‘augmented view’ of the location showing what the hill looked like in the 1840s. The concept was expressed as a ‘window to the past.’

The screen constantly knows where it is facing. Users can also touch the screen to get more detailed information and once again turn the screen to spin the view around the sites. Through on-screen instructions, users could get more detailed information on different locations.

CGI by Raysan Kubaisi, programming by Insight Creative, kiosk construction by Cannibal.

It won a Bronze at the 2010 Best Awards.

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NZSO remembers the ANZACs

As part of the 2015 season the NZSO commissioned Insight Creative to produce an image for their “Spirt of ANZAC – Letters from the front” concert.

It was one of my last jobs at Insight. The budget was pretty tight so I was forced to create this using a bunch of stock shots but I think it still does the sprit of the ANZACs justice.

I have seen it in a few dodgy crops etc in various media recently (outside the control of Insight/NZSO) so I thought this might be a nice opportunity to show it how it was originally conceived to be used.

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If you want to see more work I did for the NZSO check out this video >

NZSO Morning Mood Video

 

An Insight Creative project. This video is part of a wider interactive project for the NZ Symphony Orchestra and Insight. I was responsible for concept, art direction and all the post production as well as shooting it along with Bruce Foster and David Bedggood.

It was a real honour working with the NZSO as the rehearsed for the upcoming tour – they allowed us to get incredibly close onstage with a total of 17 cameras for 4 separate takes over 2 days. Needless to say post production was a mish!

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Wakey Wakey Wakey 2012 Acrylic on board 950 x 1350

I decided to hand-paint a’poster’ as a bit of a visual record of the Kermadec trip.  As well as our pseudo mascot the flying fish there is an aspect of each artist or their work intertwined with the stories of the Kermadec region and artist voyage.

The original painting and signed limited edition prints of the poster (330 x 483mm) are available – See the Kermadecs works for sale page

More about the Kermadec trip and exhibition

Exhibition to go to Tonga and Wellington

Great news! Bronwyn Golder from Pew announced yesterday that the Kermadec exhibition has two more venues lined up.

In May a scaled back show will be heading to Tonga to be hosted by the NZ High Commission. Some of the artists will also travel there for a week of events and workshops.

In October the full show (or yet another evolution of it) will travel to Wellington’s City Gallery. As a Welly boy I couldn’t be more excited that local friends, family and supporters will finally get a chance to see it.

There is also going to be an offshoot show at the National Library in Auckland opening in April. More detail about that closer to the date.

And there are also rumors that we may go to Germany … Crikey!

More about the Kermadec Project

Encounters at City Gallery

The Kermadec artists all spoke at City Gallery in Wellington last week. It was a great success with a talk to school groups in the afternoon and invited guests in the evening. It was fantastic to see everyone again (this the the first time the full “Kermadec 9” have been together since the trip).

Our sponsor Pew produced a small book as a precursor to the the exhibition at Tauranga Art Gallery  in November (download it as a PDF here). It features artist statements and work in progress.

Arts video

I have recently finished a small video project for the lovely people at the Arts Foundation. It shows the diversity and depth of the artists it supports. Fantastic to work with such talent. The soundtrack is by Richard Nunns. I designed the website as a Origin project.

You can view the final video at www.thearts.co.nz