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Decolonising our Places

BY REBECCA KIDDLE
@ VOL 34 ON MAR 05, 2018

“Colonisation is just a bit shit.”  Rebecca Kiddle shares some of the lessons of her research which focuses on Aotearoa place identity and placemaking, decolonising cities and the design of community and educational space.

Rebecca is Ngāti Porou and Ngā Puhi. She is a Senior Lecturer, Environmental Studies, Victoria University of Wellington.

She has worked in the urban design space in the UK, China and Aotearoa New Zealand for the past seven years having undertaken a PhD and MA in urban design at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Prior to this she worked in housing and Māori development policy and as Private Secretary Housing for the Associate Minister of Housing (Māori housing portfolio) in New Zealand’s parliament.

She is currently the co-chair Pōneke for Ngā Aho: Network of Māori Designers, a member of Papa Pounamu: New Zealand Planning Institute and a panel member of the Auckland Urban Design Panel. Her research focuses on Aotearoa New Zealand place identity and placemaking, decolonising cities and the design of community and educational space. Most recently she won Marsden funding for the topic: Making Aotearoa Places: The Politics and Practice of Urban Māori Place-making

 

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The Propagation of a Maya Narrative: From Ancestral Seed to New Life

BY FRIDA LARIOS
@ VOL 34 ON MAR 05, 2018

Frida Larios shares her journey to find her Mayan culture through her work as a designer. As a part of her accomplishments she has created a new mayan language through hieroglyphics.  Frida shows us how this tells stories.

Frida is from El Salvador (of Maya-pipil and Spanish heritage), a small and impoverished country in Central America with deep ethnic and social identity crisis. In 2004, these overwhelming historical tensions inspired her to found a cultural movement called New Maya Language, and while creating it, to find her own indigeneity. Larios’s unique system re-codifies a small part of the Maya mythic narrative through new graphic form. Her methodology speaks with and for today’s indigenous communities by borrowing directly from the logo-graphic principles of ancestral Maya scribes. For nearly 15 years she has dialogued diverse Mesoamerican narratives for children, youth and designers through exhibitions, workshops, installations, books, artworks, and textiles; around the world.

 

Larios is the Indigenous Advisory Chair for the International Indigenous Design Network (INDIGO) at the International Council of Design (Canada) and Deakin University (Australia). She co-founded  Indigenous Design Collective (Washington, D.C.), an organization that partners with the Smithsonian Latino Center for Day of the Dead celebrations in the U.S. Larios is currently an Adjunct Professor in Art and Design at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., where she lives. She holds a MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London.

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Jolobil, Weaving Identities

BY DIANA ALBARRAN GONZALEZ
@ VOL 34 ON MAR 05, 2018

Jolobil means to weave and Diana Albarrán González is exploring textiles as a development strategy in her native Mexico.  The patterns on fabric tell stories about the identity of the weaver. She explores how we are connected to our land and culture through what we wear.

Diana was born and raised in the Mayan land of Chiapas, Mexico, a mestiza with Nahua, Japanese, Spanish and P’urhépecha ancestry. She holds a Master in Design Management from Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain, a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Mexico, and a Training Diploma in Modern Design and Craftmanship from Kyoto Institute of Technology in Japan. She is currently a PhD Candidate at Auckland University of Technology in Aotearoa focusing on ethical and respectful collaborations with indigenous artisanal communities that go beyond economic benefits, and the decolonisation of design and its practitioners.

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A Tale Of Two Halves

BY AMIRIA PÉREZ
@ VOL 34 ON MAR 05, 2018

Amiria Pérez was born in Heretaunga and grew up on an apple orchard there, near the Tukituki River. In 1999 she moved to Ruatoria to attend Ngata college for her final year of highschool. Amiria is an Architectural Designer with a rich ancestral background.  She shares her experience of Maori places and how that has continued to influence her as a person and as a designer.

For the last five years, Amiria has been working in post-earthquake Christchurch, and has also been involved in transitional projects as part of the Festival of Transitional Architecture.

Within the architectural field Amiria has a particular interest in using a transitional design approach to test how Māori identity can be expressed and celebrated in an urban context. She is also currently exploring the relationship between craft, architecture and identity.

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Design and Resistance

BY LINDA KENNEDY
@ VOL 34 ON MAR 05, 2018

Linda Kennedy is Yuin, an Aboriginal Australian whose people have been living on their land since the first sunrise.  Her talk shares the experiences of battling over land and how, as a designer, she looks at this land.

She is an architectural designer and design activist with a focus on decolonisation. Her independent design studio, Future Black, was established in 2017 as a development of her blog Future-Black.com - Decolonising Design in the Built Environment.

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Kîhokewin Kumik - Elders Lodge

BY JASON SURKAN
@ VOL 34 ON MAR 05, 2018

Jason Surkan’s doctoral thesis started with a dream from his elder as she paddled a canoe that showed her bringing her people back to their culture. He shares his ancestor’s journey and an architectural idea to bring his people back to their land.

Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Jason Surkan holds a Bachelor of Architecture (B.A.S) from Carleton University. He previously studied Architecture at the University of British Columbia and is currently in his thesis year of his Masters of Architecture (M.Arch) degree at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He is of mixed Canadian Ancestry – Métis, Scottish, Ukrainian and Polish. Jason is a member of Fish Lake Metis Local #108, and the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan. He has worked intermittently for Douglas Cardinal Architect. Jason is also an established photographer and has had work published in Canadian Geographic.

 

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BRAVE: Samoan Tatau and Si'i Alofa

BY DAISY LAVEA-TIMO
@ VOL 34 ON MAR 05, 2018

Daisy Lavea-Timo is a polynesian powerhouse poet, prop  and producer passed down from Samatau and Vailu’utai ancestry. A black and white Samoan lens converges and in those thousand shades of grey, Daisy explores what it means to be a straddler of worlds: a kiwi-born, fluent-Samoan speaking and traditional tattoo-wielding Matai.

Crowned  as the current New Zealand Slam Poetry Champion, many of Daisy’s poems speak on identity, purpose, rugby league and leadership.

In this PechaKucha, Daisy shares her story and those of friends and family, of Tatau, traditional Samoan tattoo.  Gaining a Tatau is a right of passage and a way of life.

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Rediscovering Human Connection

BY GINA PAPAHADJIS
@ VOL 33 ON DEC 06, 2017

Gina Papahadjis had a fear of talking to strangers and her PechaKucha journey pushed her to rediscover human connection to help her overcome this. She went to the pub and asked a series of questions. She discovered that human connection is an investment and worth investing in.

 

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Because Why Not?

BY ANDY DIXON
@ VOL 33 ON DEC 06, 2017

If you ever wanted to find someone who drew a slightly odd picture and then had a friend turn it into a tattoo, because . . . why not, then Andrew Dixon is that someone. He is on a journey doing and trying everything, because  . . .why not.

 

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I grew up in the Circus

BY RUBY ARROWFIELD
@ VOL 33 ON DEC 06, 2017

Ruby Arrowfield literally grew up in a circus with balancing clown parents called Carrot and Pickles!  Every aspect of her life infused a love of performing and supporting creative expression.  Now Ruby works with the Christchurch Circus Centre who are based in the Roy Stokes hall in New Brighton, which may be pulled down. Ruby is on a campaign to keep the circus alive.

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Will work for wine!

BY CHARLIE ROSE JACKSON
@ VOL 33 ON DEC 06, 2017

Charlie Jackson never thought she would be photographing products in a controlled environment and loving it. She shared her journey as a freelance photographer with her own business and how being open to whatever might come next has taken her in directions she would not have imagined.

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Sustainability through Behavioral Change

BY ANZAC GALLATE
@ VOL 33 ON DEC 06, 2017

Inspirational high school student Anzac Gallate shared how a group of students at Cashmere High School have created sustainable educational projects through behavioral change. One of Anzac’s key messages was that no one is too small to make a difference and you can start with just turning off lights.  This is a must listen!

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