Garden Aotearoa Events
8. – 12. September

Garden AOTEAROA 2021

The Garden Aotearoa is part of the international Ars Electronica Festival. Our online events are free and can be accessed here: 

Ars Electronica 2021 International

Ars Electronica, the festival for art, technology and society, will take place from September 8 to 12. For the second time since 1979, it will be a hybrid event that includes exhibitions, performances, concerts, talks, conferences, workshops and guided tours in Linz, Austria, and more than 80 other locations around the globe.

For access to the International Festival:

International Festival Online Ticket

Visitors who are exclusively interested in the international online-program, may purchase an Online-Ticket for 9€. It is valid for all 5 days of the festival and can be booked here:

The Garden Aotearoa is a joint initiative between the arc/sec Lab at the University of Auckland and the Digital Architecture Research Alliance (DARA) at the Victoria University of Wellington.  

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Uwe Rieger (DE/NZ), Marc Aurel Schnabel (DE/NZ), Tane Moleta (NZ), Yinan Liu (NZ)

Following a traditional pōwhiri (welcoming), the opening event brief overview of the development of digital expression, research and exploration in Aotearoa and will introduce the works of the 20 selected projects for Ars Electronica AOTEAROA.

A further highlight of the evening will be the performance of ‘The Song’ by Charles Koroneho. 

This event will be streamed live.

Wednesday 8th of September 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

Concert Night

Sasha Leitman (US), Fabio Morreale (IT)

An evening of experimental electronic live musical performance. Several musicians and sonic artists from Aeoteroa New Zealand will perform short acts on electronic- and computer technology-informed music, including: robot-musician interaction, live coding, algorithmic composition, digital musical instruments, AI-music experiments.

This event will be streamed live.

Thursday 9th of September 8:00pm to 9:30pm.

Artist Talks

The Ars Electronica Garden Aotearoa assembles selected projects from New Zealand’s technologists, artists and University researchers. It is curated by the arc/sec Lab at the University of Auckland (UoA) and the Digital Research Alliance (DARA) at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). The artist talks will be a chance to get to know more about the projects on display.

This event will be streamed live.

Friday 10th of September 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Charles Koroneho – The Song

Charles Koroneho (NZ)

The recordings that form the basis of The Song, are part of a Catalogue of Māori Purposes Fund Board recordings by W.T. Ngata 1953-58. The project uses archival recordings, transcripts and translations to re-position the songs academic and cultural isolation. The Song is a performance of poetic retrieval, a moment in time capturing the lives, voices and bodies of tribal artists living in 1950 -70’s New Zealand. The performance explores the ethnographer and cultural informant as an eloquent paradox and my intention to use esoteric language and poetry to occupy an ethnographic space is my attempt to understand the cultural dynamics experienced during the recording sessions. The objective of The Song is ceremonial transformation of the space and the contextual return of the songs to their spiritual and cosmological origins.

This event will be streamed live.

Wednesday 8th of September 7:15pm to 8:00pm.