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Think of connections as tendons 

Emerging Technology, Design and Indigenous Culture 

May 2017

Project Role:

Event Organiser 

Connections should demonstrate the ability to stretch before being broken. To achieve balance during times of change, connections must be considered tensile in quality.

Myself and Dr. Sarah Elsie Baker orchestrated Emerging Technology, Design and Indigenous Culture conference at Media Design School as part of the Tech Week programme. This one-day event included a symposium and workshops that revealed how emerging technologies are being used to inform and transform the practice of indigenous art and design in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Event information

The morning conference session featured keynotes and rapid fire Pecha Kucha presentations showcasing the work of creative practitioners from graphic design, games, VR/AR, animation, digital making, video, art, and interaction design.


Confirmed speakers included:


Tristan Schultz - Designer and Lecturer at Griffith University (Gold Coast, Australia)

David Hakaraia - Digital Maker and Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington (Wellington)


Siliga David Setoga - Artist and co-chairperson of Tautai (Auckland)

Steven Renata - CEO at Kiwa (Auckland)

Janet Lilo – Artist (Auckland)

Ali Cowley - Animator and Lecturer at Media Design School (Auckland)

Pritika Lal – Designer and Lecturer at Media Design School (Auckland)

Patrick Hussey, Vincent Egan and Madison Kikorangi Henry – Co-Founders at Maui Studios (Dunedin, Christchurch)

Think of connections as tendons 

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