Mesh Cities Artist Tour 2013

Neighbourhood Air
Neighbourhood Air
Janine Randerson – Neighbourhood Air

Dr Janine Randerson is an Auckland based artist who works with a range of time-based media including 16mm film, digital audio and video and online media. Her art practice includes both site-specific installation and single channel video.

Janine’s own research practice has a particular focus on media art, both historical and contemporary, as a curator, reviewer and participant. In 2012 she completed her PhD on the topic of ‘Weather as Media’.

Janine is a Senior Lecturer in Art and Design at UNITEC, where she teaches in photography and media arts, theory and research practice.

The documentation for this workshop series is shared on the project page ‘Neighbourhood Hope Index’

The 2013 Mesh Cities Artist Tour and Workshops saw Janine workshop with artists and communities in the north (Te Ika a Maui) and south (Te Wai Pounamu) islands in the development of her work ‘Neighbourhood Hope Index‘ and a new work with the ‘water and weather’ group to be realised in November 2014.  Workshop events were held in the following four locations.

ADA Mesh Cities – Dr Janine Randerson – Neighbourhood Hope Index & Ecologies of Practice workshops Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington, Auckland, NZ

Auckland 6 December 2013

9.30am: ‘Ecologies of Practice’ workshop
Media artist Janine Randerson will facilitate a discussion based on her experience of collaborating with environmental scientists, instrument technicians and invested social groups on recent projects. The title refers to philosopher of science Isabelle Stenger’s exploration of the challenges and benefits of building ‘ecologies of practice’, or relations between disciplines. Janine will also discuss processes of generating data through sensors and demonstrate the SM50 air quality monitor to workshop ideas and potential collaborations for her new work.

Venue: AUT City Campus, Colab workshop space, Level 10, WG Sir Paul Reeves Building, 2 Governor Fitzroy Place, Auckland 1010

Register: Ecologies of Practice workshop

>> Documentation (Listen to the Auckland Audio on ADA’s Vimeo Channel)
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Wellington 22 November 2013

3pm: ‘Ecologies of Practice’ workshop
Media artist Janine Randerson will facilitate a discussion based on her experience of collaborating with environmental scientists, instrument technicians and invested social groups on recent projects. The title refers to philosopher of science Isabelle Stenger’s exploration of the challenges and benefits of building ‘ecologies of practice’, or relations between disciplines. Janine will also discuss processes of generating data through sensors and demonstrate the SM50 air quality monitor to workshop ideas and potential collaborations for her new work.

Venue: Massey University Wellington

Register:  Ecologies of Practice workshop

>> Documentation (Listen to the Wellington Audio on ADA’s Vimeo Channel)

Wellington additional slides: PDF_Wellington_slides

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Christchurch 11-12 September 2013:

11th September:

Site-specific artwork manufacture, collaborative process. [Christchurch  CBD]

12th September:

3 pm:  This workshop will invite collaborators to participate in ‘Neighbourhood Hope Index’; a work-in-progress that proposes to use clouds and sound to map affective zones in post-earthquake Christchurch.  The project considers atmosphere/air in bio-physical terms as well as in social terms. The framework for this artwork stems from current plans for a more data-efficient city. A hope for the city’s inhabitants is that a ‘smart’ city may emerge where the instrumental measurement of traffic flows, water quality, air quality and urban weather can remedy earlier problems. Historically the airshed above Christchurch has been regularly monitored for the often toxic levels of PM10; can this be rectified in a new, more energy and data efficient city? How can a more community-orientated social atmosphere be fostered? This online work will take into account weather, temperature and humidity and the affective climate of the city. The workshop will invite collaborators and build on the earlier online work ‘Neighbourhood Air’ (2011-2012), as well as introducing participants to the SM50 mobile air quality monitor.

6pm:  Conversation with Roger Dennis one of the orchestrators of the ‘Sensing City’ project.

Media artist Janine Randerson and ‘Sensing City’ bricoleur Roger Dennis will discuss the role of sensors in transitional Christchurch for both artists and inhabitants for a more data-efficient city. Janine will refer to her work with urban meteorological scientists, instrument designers at ‘Aeroqual’ and invested social groups in the work ‘Neighbourhood Air’ (2011-2012), and her current work-in-progress ‘Neighbourhood Hope Index’. (Public Event)

Venue: The Physics Room

Register: Neighbourhood Hope Index’ Workshop

>> Documentation

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Dunedin – Space : Network : Memory Symposium September 13-15 2013:

Saturday 14

2pm: This workshop will invite collaborators to participate in ‘Neighbourhood Hope Index’ by using clouds to map affective zones in the earthquake stricken cities of the South and lower North Island. The project considers atmosphere/air in bio-physical terms as well as in social terms. How can a more community-orientated social atmosphere be fostered through media arts in the shakey isles? The framework for this artwork stems from current plans for a more data-efficient city. A hope for inhabitants is that a ‘smart’ city may emerge where the instrumental measurement of traffic flows, water quality, air quality and urban weather can remedy earlier problems. This online work will take into account weather, temperature and humidity and the affective climate of the city. The workshop will invite collaborators and build on the earlier online work ‘Neighbourhood Air’ (2011-2012).

Space : Network : Memory Symposium September 13-15:

Register for the Symposium:

>> Documentation

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Links:

Sensing the City: http://sensingcity.org/

Citizen Science: http://www.urban-atmospheres.net/CitizenScience/

Nighbourhoodhope blog – add your thoughts: http://neighbourhoodhope.wordpress.com/

Janine’s Links:

http://www.janineranderson.com/

http://www.ada.net.nz/artbase/neighbourhood-air/

http://www.neighbourhoodair.co.nz/

http://www.ada.net.nz/artbase/albedo-of-clouds/

The Artist Tour and Workshop series as part of Mesh Cities is possible with the funding assistance of Creative New Zealand and support from Unitec, Otago Polytechnic,  The Physics Room and Massey University)

 

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