Monthly Archives: March 2013

6, Re-Imaging Oceania

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In MEMORY of Jim Vivieaere — [1947-2011]

“I belong to Oceania – or at least, I am rooted in a fertile part of it and it
nourishes my spirit, helps to define me, and feeds my imagination.”
— Abert Wendt

In NZ they refer the Pacific people to Polynesian. This is the case, Oceania is considered The Pacific culture at its best, from the late Epeli Hau’ofa who wrote the French preference for the term of coming up with the word Oceania. A New Oceania, Rediscovering our ‘Sea of Islands’ … Towards a New Oceania, talks about how Outsiders imagine what these circumstances are and how they experience everyday life to the fullest. This separate the Pacific representations of Oceanic culture from the earliest as Western imaginations for Oceania.

In this world of Oceania, from the 19th century colonial artists and the 20th century modernists for this Western art practice by their art with imagery and subject matter. The colonial settlers, the other foreigners made Oceania their home and lifestyle. A inter-culture artistic exchange, negotiation and inspiration.

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5, Hyper Decentralisation and The Dissolution of Art Frameworks in the Pacific

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An online presentation for the Pacific History Association’s “Bursting Boundaries” conference
– Australia National University – June 2002 — by Mark Cross

His aim was to find Pacific Art qualities as important art talks. To discuss European Art, it should be parallel to the style in Western Art, which developed a different world. It’s framework structure at Tjiboau Art Gallery to talk about its Chronological History. Pacific art can be out of the country to where people can see them, like on an isolated island such as Pukapuka or Rapanui for example which is situated outside, outdoors. Up the northern area of the Cook Islands that has a small population. You need to take everything into account, your own point of view, something that can be most useful to everyone. This simply sums up to tradition fine art. Something that is as personal that it involves several things, having flaws and their health systems.

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4, Gallery Visits @ Gus Fisher and Two Rooms

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More Than We Know, by Pacifica Group from The Aux Arts Festival
-Gus Fisher Gallery

Today we took a ride up to this gallery in the van. I really enjoyed because we found many rooms of the gallery hilarious because it was a three story building and we went down stairs to see all the sculptor from inside and out. Most of us were tired coming back up, we thought that we would all get lost. But I liked the moving image piece because this man was seen in the hallways, outside with his peers. I didn’t understand what the work was about, but I loved how the ceiling reflected the moving image piece. It was a perfect circle and that we all were very tired coming back up seeing the performing art area, the dance room they called it.

Ko e Hala Hangatonu, by Robin White & Ruha Fifita
-Two Rooms Gallery

This one was my  favourite because I found that I was quite interesting in Robin White’s work. I loved how she drew the drawing in a black felt of some sort, and then use some twig strings and like pattern on some sort, it formed images that I never thought were there. I really liked the tapa cloth collaboration where there were dozens of people happening her make this huge piece of tapa cloth. I never realised how big it was until I saw it outside on the floor. The drawing were so interesting because I didn’t know what they were all about or what they represented but I wanted to learn more about it.

3, Pacific Thought

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What is Pacific Thought?

They are thoughts of many ideas around the Pacific region, what is the importance of Pacific Art History, whether it is from the artists, and/or from the books itself. You can also look at it from a Poetic Perspective.

Imperial area: Dominations. A theory in reference to Evolution, where White people were a superior race as to Monkeys, because they ran the world, like for example. Rise of Planet of The Apes, 2011 was a brilliant film I had watched last year. It scared the crap out of me. It’s Colonisation in the 17-1800’s explorers of Europeans taking over the Pacific. They were new explorers drawn into the Pacific. These can also be viewed in Collections too.

The Arrival of Maori’s in NZ – Colonial Art

James Cook discovered the Pacific of Colonisation

There are books on Fiji, including Warfare, the Totem Fish [turtle]

Kingfish – it is a tattoo to guide you

Fiji Independence – October 1970, lowering the Union Jack

Missionary was the voice of literature

“Songs of Love” Poetry by Konai Helu Thaman

“Oceania is us… we are the sea, we are The Ocean.” – Epeli Hau’Ofa

Coconuts Think, Jim Vivieaere

–       Adopted parents, indulged into his Cook Island Heritage

Pacific Language is Pronunciation, the effort to say their words and they are unspoken and manifested. When you massage a Pacific woman, it means they are healed to make them feel better, because it is a health wise matter.

-Climbing to Find II – Mark Dewes

-Untitled [2011] – Siliga David Setoga

Primary source of resources on Pacific Autographic
– something shapes the world

Epistemology/Independence – planting and/or growing [in Glossary]

Personal Note: Today I learnt many things that was related to myself around others. I am still trying to find my voice in this class. I had struggled to read, that reading Ema had given us. I told Ema that I could relate to the fact that I am still trying to fit in, because I am used to being by myself. I don’t know anyone here, but I do know 1-4 people already. But I mentioned to Ema that fitting in with the others is huge challenge for me, because I couldn’t speak good English properly in high school. I still can’t pronounce certain from the reading I was given and though I tried my best with it. I don’t like big words, because I don’t understand most of them. I guess, that’s why they call it, a Glossary. I think that I will mention this is the response to the Curating the Pacific reading… there are going to be two parts of it.

2, CREATING CULTURAL DIVERSITY-Curating the Pacific

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A reading from Konai Helu Thaman

Personal Note: In class we all read a paragraph each and I thought this was very interesting to me, because I could kind of relate to this reading. It talks about everything has changed since Konai’s journey as a Pacific Woman. I agreed with all the sections in this Education area. I struggled in high school as well, because I couldn’t read very good, and honestly I still struggle with reading. I guess, reading something in my mind feels more comfortable to me than to read it out loud. Anyway. This reading mainly talks about cultural heritage, using your voice within a different language besides my common tongue, English and their values and ideal systems.

I enjoyed the little poem, Konai had written about her sister, [Thaman, 74:9] .. I found it quite funny and very entertaining. Because it reminded me of my older brother. How he married Rich Man’s daughter, who is now my in law. He moved twice with her, now they both own two cars. They have everything in their house, which is huge, by the way. They wish to have children someday, if a boy or girl.. they would my niece or nephew Riley, after my brother’s mother. They both work in the same company together, selling furniture and I thought my brother was upset leaving me behind. I’m kidding, I am happy for them, because they have been together for almost 10 years now. I enjoyed this poem by her, because I can so relate to this with my brother and his wife. Konai had written many other poems further on too. They’re so peaceful and calm that I am starting to like her poetry. You can just read them over time and time again. I hope to research more about her, in the future.

However, in the Pacific she talks about how the Education process in this post-colonial way of life, where Education means jobs and money. You have to move your own culture to the side. The ideas in the way of learning another way, which is more likely to successfully to get a job after you finish and/or graduate from high school. Because you are moving forward. When Konai was at Auckland University, she got to know a little more about cultures as well as her own. Knowing that Art was European Art and Literature was English Literature was the same difference to me, because that is true. There was another poem, I feel that I should mention. It talks about youthfulness, meeting old places, sitting under magnolia trees, like an artificial heart with each passing day. A clock tower drawn by its reality, its own time, its greatest shadows of this one heart, at this time is not forgetting, [Thaman, 1999:36] .. I agree that Art is easy to forget in times, I sometimes forget how to draw and paint. I always have to sketch all of my ideas first, then put them on the canvas or paper. I add the layers, layer by layer until I have come to the decision that my work is complete.

In the last 20 years or so, Konai has realized that there is no justification to finding the right perspective of what Art truly is .. its’ view of art could relate to a cultural perspective. Finding what is acceptable within the makings of art work, to create our own developments and/or ideas of what art truly is ourselves and these people who come to the gallery to view the art itself. I think, this is why they call it Postmodernism. The importance of what the images been used are all about, the signs of where it will lead towards and the languages it forms to the translations from English. What can be compose or made up is our own idea, our original piece of art work laid out on the page as a brainstorm, if you will. They don’t like all those theories and imagery of socialization and economics, whatever, they are white males finding their way with the world, knowing these Pacific women want the same thing as well. Feeling rejected within the community as a Pacific women, is like you are not wanted and that they don’t want to know. It is quite upsetting, because I don’t mind, we are all the same as everyone else. We are equals, because it doesn’t matter what race you are, you are still a human being trying to fit in.

The growth of its’ politics and its’ identity and culture.. I found it hard to fit in, while I was attending Otahuhu College. Because as I had mentioned in the first place about the Education, moving aside from the Pacific region. I can relate this. Because it is true. I never spoke good English. I felt that if I spoke in a different voice, like an accent people wouldn’t really know my true voice in society. I kept to myself alot, but I had good reason. I wanted to passed my studies, my exams, my education to get a better job. Of course, I like to study more, but it helps me to learn more than I did when I was in high school, because you only learn the basics and then when you grow up, you have more to say for yourself. I was shy all the time, I didn’t know how loud I was supposed to speak, I was always nervous when I had those odd and awkward speeches. I felt very uncomfortable because I didn’t know what I was comfortable with. I didn’t like people so much, because I was the only white girl in the class and I felt that if I spoke up, I would get teased because of the way I sounded like. This was my biggest struggle in high school, I felt like I didn’t fit in at all because I was different from the rest and I didn’t know anybody except one or two friends I had known my whole childhood.. than I was completely lost after Graduation because all my friends moved away.

Within the Pacific Countries, they had low success in high school and it was really bad. Many questiions ran through my mind, but only one stuck out, like What is going on with the Education system for Pacific? At first I didn’t understand, but now I do. One could say that finding a wider society of Pacific people among other non-Pacific men and women, is finding what is attractive to them. What is their point of view about Aotearoa? What does Education mean for them? What does Pacific Art to them? I have said many times before, I don’t know much about it but.. I intend to learn more in the weeks I am here to study about this class paper.

1, Introduction to the Brief

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Pacific Art History from an Eccentric View.
Week ONE//01/03/2013

Sociological-The Culture of The Pacific
Poetry – Pimpiknows.com, Southside by Ema Tavola
About Pacific Thought, for next weeks class

Welcome to My Blawg, by Ema Tavola
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Curating Pacific Art -Thinkers of making art, new forms and/or styles of Art

-Curator? Producers in film, these people make it happen.
Misrepresenting Oceania, gender, feminism, tourism,
Including South Auckland.

Gender and Sexuality, activism – Gay Identity. Tattooed Interventions, social of all. Residual Colonial Footprints, present in us, shows dealing with these issues. Pacific Art Real-time, it is a view from the outside, where you are looking out and this creativity is outside and for example, the hair cutting. Poly Virtual Hypnosis, like forming a layer of visual culture. The Creative Hustle, it is reality and its speaker is talking about its’ price/cost

Diaspora-drama, this talks about the identity change. Black voices/Brown voices, it talked about the music, the languages with its change is Inevitable… i.e. Whitney Houston. The Unknown, this is the class where we get to choose our topic. -Hibiscus, Royal Couple-Prince William and Kate, -Tapa cloths -Motifs, can’t trademark culture -Ownership culture.

How Pacific Islanders Party??? Unsure of this assessment

At the end of the semester, hand in 2000 word essay @ 9:30am -Also research, journal and wordpress/tumblr blogs.

Journal/Blog – 25%
Seminar – 25%
Research Essay – 50%
Tutorial /Assessment Q&A

Idea of Journal writing and blogs, is to write everything you see everywhere, test your voice and write about all sorts of everything. Autobiographic Voice, next lecture. [being able to communicate, an idea in a different way, voice is VERY important, especially about its’ History and its art form.]

Feedback, this will be different from my journal. [note;] First of all, I felt a little awkward introducing myself to the class, because I think that I was the only one new to this class, except from some of them I knew from the other class I heard about. I don’t know much about Pacific Art, but I do know a little, although I want to learn much more about this subject, so that I can pass. I am familiar with John Pulu’s work because I learned about him, last year with Deborah C and Emma M .. My focused is that I want to feel more confident in finding my voice in this class, because this is what this class is all about, apparently.. so I am going to do my best. I also want to be more social with my new classmates and I want to make an improvement by passing my last paper for the year. I am going to work very hard with this subject and because this is going to be a big challenge for me, so I will have to try much harder this semester.

So, what is Pacific Art to me? Again, this will be different from my journal writing. But to me, Pacific Art is all about the natures of knowing what I have missed out last year, because I was going to this class in 2012, semester 1, term 2 but I had a lot of things going on. So, I pushed that paper to the side, although I was fully aware that I would have to do this paper to move along with Year 3. I have seen many artists, but I don’t really understand the concept of Pacific Art. As a Comic/Street Artist, I am thinking of doing some drawing I think would be appropriate for my seminar, [maybe] although I still haven’t decided what my topic will be about.. I am still unsure of it.