Tauranga Design Series with BOP Polytechnic

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Dawn McMath

The Jasmax Tauranga studio were the proud hosts of three moving image exhibitions from the Bay of Plenty (BOP) Polytechnic’s visual art students, on Friday 19 June. This one-day exhibition was the second of the 2015 Tauranga Design Series, a new initiative which looks to foster dialogue with local artists within our regional studio’s exhibition space.

In our support of educational development, we were thrilled to welcome students Ashlei Luckman-Taupaki, Scott Boardman, and Marilyn Cairns to install and talk about their projects, which they developed whilst learning about Moving Image in their Polytechnic course.

The BOP Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Creative Industries (BCI) course combines visual arts, fashion and graphic design, and provides students majoring in visual arts the opportunity to experiment with a range of technologies to produce these projects. These modules help students to develop their creative skills, and develop an understanding of and experience with exhibition methods and techniques; valuable to a practising artist.

The students’ conceptual ideas respond in a display of science, art and technology, to the following brief:

“Year Two visual art students on the moving image course have created works that have been developed from a brief, addressing ideas of what public and private could mean. Within the paper students were challenged to consider a variety of situations around public and private possibilities. Each student has tackled these concerns in a variety of ways utilising and exploring the technology of Moving Image as a way to construct meaning.”

Thanks again to the Tauranga Design Series' key sponsor, Resene Construction Systems.

Check out the moving image exhibitions below!

Ashlei Luckman-Taupaki’s work analyses concepts around internal and external identities. Inspired by a science experiment she helped conduct with her son, Ashlei was motivated by the visual fluidly of the chemical reaction involved. In her piece, viewers see matter changing, merging, making connections and creating new forms; with the experience amplified through incorporating sound. The film is a metaphor for a person’s “visceral nature of mind”, a demonstration that suggests possibilities regarding self and public performance/engagement, and how one goes through a daily process of filtration when dealing with anxiety.

Scott Boardman explores places and spaces. Initially concerned with ideas around living space and how its inhabitants influence the internal environment. Scott’s uneasiness towards the “level of cleanliness” was the main focus; reminding us of the importance process plays in creation. While the subject matter remained the same, his work moved beyond his initial focus to explore possibilities around surveillance and voyeurism. From going outside himself he realised the concept of “your house, your castle”, commenting “the moving image itself is of the space, but from the viewing you know that there is a presence of life, recognisably comfortable yet distant.”

Marilyn Cairns’ work examines the relationship between private and public personas. Marilyn investigates concepts regarding “aesthetic based value” within a demanding visual culture. Highlighting the social impact visual media, such as YouTube videos and selfies, have on identity and perception. The film plays out a performance of ‘”muddled imaginings”; the subject shifting into and out of changing characters. Cairn explains that “the movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humour that echoes our own vulnerabilities. In this way the work references a mass culture and media, where light-heatedness rules and where rules are relentlessly undermined.”

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