An Architecture of the Sea

Dr Kerry Hines (NZ), Dr Mizuho Nishioka (JP), Professor Wayne Barrar (NZ), Tane Moleta (NZ)

Project Description

A history lies beneath the waves. An archive of achievements, disasters, hopes, dreams and heroic acts. In this stillness, resting, waiting, darkness, unexplored realms. Society has called upon many instruments to assist with describing the aquatic immensity of the Sea. Supplying terms, describing conditions, categorising, defining domains and ascribing territory. The Sea, irrespective of these activities, continues with its natural processes, ebbs, flows, currents, longshore drifts and upwellings. An Architecture of the Sea is a multidisciplinary project that binds technology, art, photography and creative writing to examine a new and immersive means to archive an imprint of this environment. This body of work is seated in interrogating the inshore and offshore ecologies of Moana New Zealand mapping, encoding and crafting an Architecture of the Sea.

Artist Bios

Mizuho Nishioka (JP): Dr. Mizuho Nishioka Is an artist with a focus on the development of a critical photographic practice. Her work centres on the technological production of the photographic image, and how through amendment, alteration or disruption of photographic procedures a creative practitioner might retrieve agency in the image making procedure to arrive at new visual territories. Her work has been exhibited internationally including Japan, New Zealand and Thailand. Key exhibitions are; Uninhabited space (WCAG, 2016), MachineTime_NatureTime (The EngineRoom, 2018) and North by NorthWest (AAG, 2020).

Dr Kerry Hines (NZ): Dr Kerry Hines is a Wellington-based poet, writer and researcher. Her collection Young Country (poems with photographs by William Williams) was published by Auckland University Press in 2014, and her accompanying touring exhibition was shown at nine public art galleries around New Zealand in 2014-2017. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals in New Zealand and Britain and online; other publications include essays in The Lives of Colonial Objects, ed. Annabel Cooper, Angela Wanhalla and Lachy Paterson (Otago University Press, 2015), and Early New Zealand Photography, ed. Angela Wanhalla and Erika Wolf (Otago University Press, 2011). 

Wayne Barrar (NZ): Professor Wayne Barrar is a photographer and Associate Professor at Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University, New Zealand. Recent solo exhibitions include Paired Topographics, Page Galleries, Wellington; The Glass Archive, Hocken Gallery, Dunedin; SCAPE Public Art, Christchurch; Underground: Subterranean Economies and Ecologies, Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho; Bio Borders, Pataka Museum of Art and History; and An Expanding Subterra, toured by Dunedin Public Art Gallery to venues including City Gallery Wellington and American University Museum, Washington DC. He has also been recently included in major group exhibitions at the Auckland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington and the Noorderlicht International Photo Festival in the Netherlands. Four monographs of his work have been published: Shifting Nature (Otago University Press, 2001); An Expanding Subterra (Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 2010); Torbay ti kouka (University of Plymouth Press, 2011) and The Glass Archive (Forrester Gallery, 2015). 

Tane Moleta (NZ): Tane Moleta holds the lectureship for Interdisciplinary Digital Design in the Wellington School of Architecture. His research spans the fields of Architectural Design, VFX and Architectural Visualisation. His work has been exhibited in shows such as ‘Built Fabric’ (Toi Poneke 2010), Digital Fields (Common Ground, 2015) and Digital Biophilia (Letting Space, 2015) He has developed and co/developed curatorial works for institutions, academic fora and public realms, such as Immersive Realities (The National Museum of New Zealand, 2017), Immersive Legacies (Museum of Wellington, 2019) Intelligent and Informed – (CAADRIA2019, NZ), In the forest with the trees we made (Design in the Anthropocene, 2020, TL).