Monthly Archives: May 2013

27, Diaspora Drama & Artist Talk by Kesa


Diaspora means when you do research, it comes up many times in a search browser. Anyone who isn’t JAMES, of Tangata Te Whenua. How Pacific Islanders present themselves in their homeland. It talks about dissemination, migration disposition, displacement and scattering. When people have moved here, it difined by a protest that happened years ago with the Black Panther movement. They organised a march, it wasn’t so successful. Representation. Reviewer for Harry, played by Oscar. Creative NZ made a promotional postcard in 2001, full body white paint. This is what happens here, we forget where we came from with Installation views.


ARTIST TALK: She talks about what she wears a Evala, since she just went to a Samoan funeral. Which is like a fine art form. She enjoys the whole interactive interaction of each individual. temporal. All artists that present a heritage. To name a few of them; Comtemporary: Stan Lolohea, Genevere, Robin White, Michel Mulipola, Leilani Kake, Tanu Gago and Konai Helu Thaman, also Comics. Traditional: Tau Tattoo, Dusky Maiden Dance, John Pule and Hair-cutting, Nikki Hanson too. They don’t use the traditional in the Pacific world. When Te Papa opened, this word implies that this world is static and not so much as traditional. She went to Uni and didn’t understand of these terminologies. She never uses these words, afterwards her family reads each others stuff. She kept working there and as a Curator. Leaving Te Papa, interested in still work, in Women’s art as art forms and as a fine art form. Performer, is a material art. They make tapa cloths, its part of this process in her work. This is an art form that is quite significant to these art forms she had learned throughout her entire job status. Heritage, it wasn’t used in this terminology. Taking traditional out of Creative NZ, to use this word, Heritage instead of Traditional. Making these people understand the word of Heritage. They were going through the same conversations, trying to talk about through different culture groups, but in a Tongan Perspective. You are responsible for this term of terminology, they use this word Heritage to make others understand the differences between Traditional and Heritage. There a lot more depth in that. Art forms are found as traditional. It’s what they are drawn into and these guys are in and out of the gallery. Why? They wear a living art form. It questions what she has learned and to make everyone understand, what is a contemporary art. The differences between Contemporary, Heritage and Traditional. It makes sense for her now. This is where our source of inspiration comes from, creating works to put them in a gallery. Display them there and get a wonderful response, whether it is positive or negative. It doesn’t matter, it is alright to make mistake. Negative feedback is good, because you can learn from those mistakes you were told about and that these things can be fixed whether you realise it or not. It is like saying, Your work sucks, but it could improve by more and greater and outstanding works that others have never seen before.  When meeting new people, it is good to introduce yourself, they were very impressed on how these works had turned out, such a great turn out too. People hold these collaborations of many examples of this gallery she visited. She was impressed with Robin White’s work. She enjoyed it very much. Two Rooms Gallery was who’s who in mainstream art. It was quite sad for her, because it wouldn’t be a Tongan Creative. But it was amazing and great, it was quite stunning and the pigments they used. Knowledge involved and this master of rituals are included. Robin became a huge part of her experiences and she continues this way of involvement.


26, Grant’s Tips & Guidelines


Writing an essay. Always come up with a good question. Is this going to answer my question? As you’re reading, a number of text as a base of your essay that could connect other ideas. Trying to create a network of ideas, which is an artists work. Introduce others to what they don’t know about. Reference these ideas in your essay.  Always use images, not just text. Key quotations, either put into a Powerpoint or in a narrative perspective. You can move slides around, back and forth or have them laid out on the floor. Some of them, drop out and you can block them around and then you can start telling the story.

Never use anyones words unless it is summarised into your own words. Find an artist of an image, for example. Use this as a link in terms of style and movement. Finding the right thing to connect these two paths. Grant can read these weird things and he can understand them when he talks about these things. In your own experience, you can involve your own work if it helps. But you must make a framework around that area of what you know about this topic. Which will help you with your essay. It must have a Statement, then insert an Example and then give quite detailed explanation to prove the point you are talking about in this piece of work.

Video by Steven Johnson, it is an animated comic video which is created with a whiteboard marker, a whiteboard and a video camera. A back and white sequence that the only colour added in this video is in red. It is a video about Creativity, which tells how people comes up with these different ideas that create on our own. It is an essay through animation.

The course outline. This is a 16 week essay. I plan to do my essay tomorrow, to come up with a few ideas. I want to talk about the differences between artwork and history. Seminar is the 14 June and Essay is the 28th June 2013.

27, Artist Talk by Rebecca Hobbs


Hip is something you do. Hip Hop is something you live, KRS-one

The four elements are Breakdancing, Graffiti, Dancing and DJaying.
In the 70’s — it had the Black people movement, which carried out for many years.
Hip Hop became like a space where people could hang out with their friends.

This was more like a poetic verses about a Monkey, a Lion and an Elephant. A fight between the monkey and the lion. This was referenced to “Yo’ Momma Jokes” — The storytelling of these monkey been weak, but the lion is strong.

The Historical Timeline was a backlash against disco. Studio 54. People going to nightclubs and taking drugs which was involved in the Disco era. Import Disco Loop into Disco with Hip Hop. Lyrical content and lyrics became more metaphorical.

Like, New School Hip Hop with drum machine, including Rock music. The Golden Age would be Salt & Pepper into the late 80’s and then NWA with Gangster Rap. Dr Dre start in 1992 with Gangster Rap as well. The clothes get tighter and loose. Gold chain represents African music, and in Hip Hop are important of this language in Hip Hop. It identifies more in the culture, the visual language of this, own personal success and history of the change in Hip Hop. NWA and Wu-Tang started with people like Tupac. DJ Skew in the 90’s of Chopped’n’Screwed. Hip Hop has become global and relates to the four elements.

Hip Hop in Aotearoa; Savage is a good example, and also Che-Fu. 15000 Samoans were living in America. Samoan Navy families were to transported to Long Beach. There’s a large population of Japanese in America too. Pacific Islander’s were presented as Black People, instead of Brown. There was a protocol of storytelling this in a way, including their Tongan movement. Chuck Taylor’s were worn by NWA, it was borrowed from the Chicano community. Suga Pop and Foot Soul Jahs, for example.

Video by Savage

Early Hip Hop in NZ, strong community in Samoa and in NZ. Including the genre of Reggae.
Includes Bob Marley and The Herbs. Polynesian Panther movement.
Che-Fu’s father, Scribe’s father and Feliti from Nesian Mystic.

DAM NATIVE used the term Hori, relation to power and quality. Some use Rap to criticise others, like King Kapesi. Hip Hop was born out of comedy, like Kirsten White. Jay Z uses his language of Brooklyn where he grew up, which is most of his songs. Dawn Raid Entertainment means they are claiming it back, whereas in reference to the years of the Dawn Raids movement when NZ Police went into Polynesian homes and forced immigrants to be deported back to their countries, because they weren’t born in NZ.

It’s On” Video #1 by Nesian Mystic
They used rapping and a melody. It showed that Feliti and the others rapped the verses and Te Arawa sang the chorus and background vocals. It showed mostly of the four elements, including breakdancing, street art and the lyrics were spoken about life, how it is to be Poly for them. It sounded like New School Hip Hop, almost Rap, but with Poly style.

“” Video #2
It’s shows alot of political content and uses DJ’ing and MC and the same melody and the recreation of this language, how it is so important to them. The visual in the Victorian era, it was black and white because of the Colonisation. It’s a uniform that talks about a period of time, where it was at his height. How far back in history, maybe 3 generations ago.

26, Associative Writing


Last week there was a huge storm which scared the crap out of me. I was so scared that just for the fun of it. I went on Facebook and I typed in my status saying, “Hello, Mister Thunderstorm. Please don’t hit my house. I want to live another day. But I saw your lightning strikes, stop it with the flashing lights too. P.S. Please make sure my cat, Biscuit comes home safely. Thank you. XOXO, Burda Elli.” I don’t know why I said it, or why I typed it. I was freaking out, almost screeched little girl. I was able to go back to sleep afterwards, even though it was Tuesday and I was just saying this to my Dad, he thought I was just been a scared little girl who couldn’t stand the weather. Dad and I have this relationship that others don’t understand. But I knew sooner or later, we would start arguing about the damn weather. It wasn’t my fault, the storm came in sooner than I thought. I hate the rain. I hate the cold. I can’t stand them both. Wednesday, I finally got sorted with Work and Income, now I don’t have to bother about them until after I finish course in 5 weeks from now. I was finally free from all the appointments I have left now. Just next week, I have my Dental one, whatnot. It’s okay, I’m alright. I don’t have to worry about this again until July. So, I will be probably up to date, knowing that I can do anything about how I can focus more on my course outline and finally get this essay and seminar works done. As a comic book/street artist. I have been working on art pieces that have reflected on the pacific art history class. I was planning to make artwork and talk about them in the Powerpoint presentation. I was kind of thinking that my topic would be filled with artwork and that i would be talking about this in a sense of how I had research these topics that I would draw, paint, sketch, just to make a framework of what I have learned in this class. This week, I’ve had problems with the internet at home. So, I am at course typing this up. Only, because someone set fire to a couch that was next to our powerline and the phone line wasn’t working so we had to get it fixed with Telstraclear. It was ridiculous. I was so pissed off that I couldn’t use the internet until the power lines were fixed and replaced. I thought I had an idea on how to fix this problem myself after they did their job. I was ready with a few ideas for my essay writing. Now, I don’t remember the idea I had earlier. Now, I’m about to leave soon and I still haven’t come up with anything. I had been busy with my health issues and I became Anemic not so long ago, so now I’m going to go Doctors again. I haven’t seen my Doc since November last year. I don’t get sick often, because I am always careful whenever it comes to my health. I try to come up with an idea. I started painting a canvas in relation to Peter Pan. I became obsessed with one of the ABC’s Once Upon A Time series. The finale just aired and I’m still shocked on how it ended, I really enjoyed the cliffhanger to the next season. I was planning to finish this painting earlier. So I would have to finish this tomorrow on the weekend. Now I am back at course. I have finally talked down my brother and sister-in-law to come over on the weekend to see this painting and I didn’t know how they would react to it. So I can’t wait to see them both.

25, Poly Virtual Hypnosis


Networking sites were most popular now, i.e. Facebook and Twitter. Many years ago, Janet Lilo which thought Bebo was about TOP 16. She made a projector out of cardboard boxes, a phone has different media. They can amke their own short films. Hip Hop video maker, which was only 5 years ago. Writing on someone’s wall was a way of writing on a table. She made a polystein loveheart. She cut together 10 people singing the same song, this is on her website.
“My Face” a mixed of MySpace and herself, Janet collect 1700 of these images. Polynesian’s are superhuman nice og big calf having and barbaque eating haka reciting and football and rugby playing beasts.

Tupac is featured in Janet’s work mostly because she was into that influence of Pacific people. The Niuean flag, is what she calls it #Polyslang. The language doesn’t always translate with a muddle of things. Charice made a body of work with communication language through twitter and it is very readable, almost like a blog. Tumblr was established in 2007, Ema uses it because it is used as a visual diary. Sharing your favourite imagery. All of them have problems but when we search for keywords within Pacific Art History. People post a lot of images on what they like, what art they really, really like. Team Poly, the brushstrokes of long hair.

The chatrooms around forums. These are probably mixed=race people. Posting photos of themselves in a pose, especially males who post them in the mirror, with their friends, showing off their tattoos. Nail Art is a really good one. I don’t paint my nails anymore, but i have a huge collection at the amount of over 30 now. There are also a lot of little girls dressed as Princesses, which I find quite sweet because every girl wants to be a princess. These are a loy of images on the Homeland, sunsets and sunrises for example. “Is that us dox?” How do they represent themselves, What started on Bebo, creation of our own brands, an S with our hands. Some say, this meant Southside. When I was a kid, I used to think this meant Superman. But no, I was wrong. Sorry. It’s kina of cool, put on Tumblr.

24, Artists Talk by Michel Mulipula


He is a samoan comic book arist/store clerk and professional wrestler, who lives in Mangere and co-owns a comic book store in Royal Oak Mall. He’s been reading comics for 20+ years and started drawing ever since then. Comic book is what got him reading, to learn to read. He never went to any Art School, but he wanted to draw comics. He didn’t wantto do any Fine Art course. “Any reading is good reading.” -Quote from Michel. All he wanted to do was to do comics. Comic books are Superheroes, mostly about movies. All the genres in general phase is Superheroes. But it doesn’t mean his comics are about superheroes. You’re making a movie on paper. To make these comics is to tell a story, whether it is moral or visual. His way of making these comic backgrounds is to telling many stories.

As a comic book artist, if you lose the read, so then the story is useless. The reader should be following the story, unless there is a reason to go off the topic. People spend a little more time to read a page, or creae one. The previous page is in colour, the next page is the relity of this story and forthcoming all of the comic. He does draw on paper, but also on digital work too. He uses both now. You read he comic from left to right all the time, he usuallys keeps his work in grayscale before he colours them. He doesn’t use a ruler that much anymore. He lets the lines speak from themselves. He uses traditinal pencils, photoshop for the colour, as well.

He started working in school journals. Especially for young readers, he simplifies these outcomes who are still struggling to read. He starts add more havoc in the pages that he thinks needs more illustrating or storytelling. He has been trying to do some Life Drawing as well, about himself. Nice simple layout and panels, same space and kind of move. He made an example from The Walking Dead, the zombie Apocalypse. “LIFE” Drawing on zombies, drawing what they would like if they were sill human. This was a fun coversation. Dealing with bordem.

n his Wrestling comic, playing rugby and adding in little jokes too, which makes his job a lot of fun. You look at how characters frame certain scenes. He also did a postcard which I had put in a post of mine last term. He handed these to the editors and people kind of sees what his artwork looks like. It shows his details too. The responses were very well presented, and the feedback was never what he ever expected. “V-Man” was worth #10 Grand, for this V drink and when he won. He waitedd 3 months until he was told that he won the competition of Pimp My Life. The process would be like the ‘life’ drawing, the easy it is to understand what these drawings are about.

The action scenes where people would help him act them out. When you act it out, you get to feel what is about. Acting it out, because it would look so cool on the page. Body language of acting out these scenes. If he was this character, what would they look like? Because then it would feel right, choose the right angle. Work out their movements. His image is more male dominate, whereas the females are to look more realistic, more athetic, muscular and taller. Femlae readers read non-superhero comics, rather then male reading more superhero comics. He doesn’t do any tattoos. He wants to do some motion comics. When he opened the comic book store with his mate, Jeremy. They did it because the could do it their way. ‘Arhkam City Comics’ they could put anything on the mugshots.

You don’t want to make each page look the same. The best angle to showcase that. A little darker to the point, most of these characters are depressed or what’s going to happen. He went to a lot of movies and got his ideas from them. You’re the Director of this movie put on paper, you are the creator of this comic book. It is a lot of fun.

I really enjoyed this artist talk by Michel.