Kōrero Paki

Yinan Liu, Jermaine Leef, Uwe Rieger

Kōrero Paki takes five key moments from Maori mythology and transforms them into 3D holographic sculptures displayed on personal hand-held devices.

 

 The Kōrero Paki project uses an anaglyph stereoscopic display method to create holographic mini sculptures. Viewed with simple red/cyan cardboard glasses, these sculptures are perceived as hovering above the surface of a smartphone and appear to be dancing in the viewer’s hand.

 

The audio-visual content consists of five chapters, presented in the form of abstract digital sculptures, designed to remind the viewer of ‘holographic carvings’. Through a simplified motion capture process, the drawings were transformed by a live performer into animated narratives.

 

The stories include the creation, the journey from Hawaiki, the significance of the whale, the ceremonial welcoming onto the Marae, the demonstration of traditional weaponry and martial arts. Placed at the intersection of visual arts, performance, and creative technologies, Kōrero Paki is a collaboration between the arc/sec lab and Manaia M.

Artist Biography

Yinan Liu (NZ) is a digital artist and programmer with an architectural background from the University of Auckland. She has developed a number of installations as part of the arc/sec Lab.  Yinan is the founding partner of arc/sec Solutions ltd., which develops customized applications for cross-reality environments and interactive systems.

 

Jermaine Leef (NZ) is a producer and director, and the founder of Manaia M. He has created contemporary Māori entertainment groups that have toured throughout Asia, U.S, Australia and Europe. The material is of live Modern Maori performances, music, social commentary, and more. Manaia M have a sole focus on modern Māori entertainment and creating a space for the language and culture to be present in today’s society.

 

Uwe Rieger (DE/NZ) is an architect and researcher whose work on Reactive Architecture aims to connect the intangible digital world with multi-sensory qualities of physical constructions and spaces. Since 2006, he is an associate professor for design and design technology at the University of Auckland, where he has established the arc/sec Lab for Cross-Reality Architecture and Interactive Systems.

Project Credits

arc/sec Lab: Yinan Liu, Uwe Rieger, Kathy Yuan 

Manaia M: Jermaine Leef and Holly White

 

Artwork by Maori Erstich and Te Ahuora Macfarlane

Performing Artist: Eds Eramiha

 

The project is funded by Creative New Zealand and supported by the University of Auckland