4 December 2020 – Mapping movements: data, space, and place

LASER Virtual: Mapping movements: data, space, and place

Date: Friday 4 December 2020 1:00pm (NZ Time)

Location: LASER Virtual via Zoom

Presenters: Rachel Shearer, Leon Gurevitch

Laser Chairs: Andrew Denton and Janine Randerson

This discussion is the sixth Auckland LASER talk (Leonardo Art This discussion is the seventh Auckland LASER talk (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous), an International platform for informal conversations that bring together artists, designers, scientists, activists and communities. This presentation will focus on two narrative-based projects that engage with cultural and historical identity through immersive media.

Presentation One: Rachel’s cross-disciplinary practice is united by a common theme, frequently featuring manipulated recordings of environmental sounds. In this laser talk, Rachel will discuss her  sound installation work that investigates earth-energies and environmental recording, the sonification of data and exploring the structures and patterns of ecological and material processes through the lens of both Māori and European epistemologies.

Bio: Dr. Rachel Shearer is an artist based in Tāmaki Mākaurau Auckland. Her work with sound traverses a range of fields including recording and performing experimental music, audio-visual installation, writing, research, and collaboration with other practitioners of moving image and performance. Rachel has been active as an experimental musician,  sound artist and sound designer for over 30 years. Rachel lectures in Creative Technologies at Te Wananga Aronui o Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland University of Technology. (Ngāti Pākeha, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga ā Māhaki)




Maree Sheehan (Ngāti Maniapoto-Waikato, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Pākehā) is a practicing sound designer and musician. Recently completing her PhD, a world first research practice into audio portraiture, which culminated in her first solo exhibition Ōtairongo as part of the Auckland International Arts Festival 2020. Maree is a lecturer at Auckland University of Technology in soundculture and sonic practices as well as in applied media.

Gregory Bennett is currently Head of Department for Digital Design and Visual Arts in the School of Art and Design, Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Gregory is an internationally exhibiting digital artist with a background in both digital art practice and film post-production. He is also director of the AUT Motion Capture Lab where he pioneered the first courses in digital motion capture at AUT. His research ranges across a number of disciplines including 3D animation, motion capture, screendance and virtual reality. Recent work has been exhibited at SIGGRAPH Asia, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, and the Supernova Digital Animation Festival 2020.

Barbara Bollard is recognised for her work in remote sensing technology, using drones to map habitats and landscapes for conservation planning and integrating social data with environmental and biological information using decision support systems, multivariate statistics and GIS. Barbara has researched alongside the Nykina people, Indigenous to the Fitzroy River Basin in Far Northwestern Australia, where her expertise continues to be a valuable contribution to the development of their case for land ownership and conservation. Over the past two years, Barbara has formed an important partnership with the School of Art and Design, initiating the Sir Edmund Hilary’s and Scott’s Hut, Antarctica, AR projects.

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