ADA Mesh Cities Christchurch will be a series of events held over 2013-15 addressing the role of media arts in the city, exploring key issues such as urban space, social engagement, memory and speculative futures.
Over this three-year period the ADA Network will host three major symposia and a series of workshops and speaking tours
The full programme for the 8th ADA Symposium in Dunedin = Space: Network : Memory. Three days of presentations, panels, discussions and activities with national and international artists and academics. This event happens 13-15th September 2013 in the Dunedin Warehouse district (Vogel Street) and at Otago Polytechnic
The research project Mesh Cities Christchurch begins in the post-quake city and looks outward to the possibilities and implications of this transitional state for urban, public, and social space in Aotearoa New Zealand.
A roundtable discussion event was held at The Physics Room Gallery on the 30th of March. This was to begin the research project with a thorough grounding with the projects and artist communities operating already in the this space. A group of fifteen discussed their work and the alignment with proposed themes as part of the launching of this project.
Expressions of interest are invited for an artist or an arts collective to tour the nation giving masterclasses and/or workshops as part of the ADA Mesh Cities project. With at least two workshops and/or masterclasses in both the north (Te Ika a Maui) and south (Te Wai Pounamu) islands, these will include practical instruction where audiences and practitioners may learn new skills as well as participating in discussions about various aspects of media art practice, exploring issues such as inhabited spaces, social engagement, memory and speculative futures.
Mesh Cities Artist for 2013 is Dr Janine Randerson who will developing a collaborative network for a new work. ‘Neighbourhood Hope Index’ uses clouds and sound to map affective zones in post-earthquake Christchurch. The framework for this artwork stems from the emergent currency of data in the plan for a better city. A so-called silver lining for the embattled inhabitants is that a ‘smart’ city may emerge where the instrumental measurement of traffic flows, water quality, air quality and urban weather can be remedied.