Antique spectacles, pāua, mother of pearl. 2015
Mulitmedia installation, 2015, music composed by Rob Thorne
Te Āhua o te Hau ki Te Papaioea takes a journey through the streets of each of the four houses raided in Palmerston North during Operation 8 in 2007. The hau, mana and mauri of the landscape and its occupants offer an alternative to conventional visual surveillance. Hau is an auric field that encompasses the vitality of man and essence of land. Mana is authority, control and spiritual power – a supernatural force within a person, place or object. Mauri is a binding element between physical and spiritual and can described as the essential quality of a being or entity.
This project is informed by ideas surrounding the often-assumed objectivity of surveillance data, the interpretation of information and the limits of what it can reveal about a person or situation.
AuraSecure (2014) was a performance facilitated by Urban Dream Brokerage in Wellington. Guests were invited into a special area on condition of passing a security check which included having their aura screened. Those who failed the test had the option of spending time in the specialised Aura Reconditioning Unit before moving into the seclusion zone.
Ōtākaro (2016) is a visual audiobook collaboration between Bridget Reweti and Terri Te Tau. The science fiction thriller reveals the mysterious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of young Emily Gibson in mid 80's Christchurch. Narrated in part by Teanau Tuiono (in the spirit of Carl Sagan)
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Lace, resin. 2011
Privacy here! was developed for Caste, a collaborative exhibition with Rongomaiaia Te Whaiti that explores themes of whakapapa and mana wahine - a concept that embodies authority, power and influence of women in society. The exhibition looks at the positioning of these concepts within the socio-political realities of today.
A shared Wairarapa ancestor, Kaipaoe, who lived during the colonial period was the main source of inspiration for the exhibition. Rongomaiaia is a descendant of the relationship of Kaipaoe and whaler John Robert Brown, Terri is a descendant of Kaipaoe and Tikawenga.
Rongomaiaia’s work is a series of paintings that speak to the early relationships between Maori and Pakeha looking at the issue of commodification, its links with the whaling industry of the time and what that meant for women.
Terri’s figurative sculptures, made from lace and resin, are a personal story. The material is lace which suggests privacy or in this context the invasion of privacy through a growing culture of surveillance. At its heart the work is an expression of concern at the consequential erosion of human rights and the impact on women.
Unwarranted and Unregistered (2013) is a multimedia installation where the viewer is invited to watch the windscreen as the van journeys along the main road of Greytown, New Zealand.
Digital heads up displays (HUDs) appear on the windscreen as the driverless van moves along the road, registering and logging the passing cars, scanning the layout of buildings and identifying people on the street while Jose Carreras’ operatic rendition of E Hine E plays on the car radio.
E Hine E is a classic Māori waiata (song) that was utilised by public TV broadcasters in the 1980s and 90s to signal the end of transmission for the night (aka the Goodnight Kiwi).
Nylon rope, sellotape, acrylic. 2009
Nylon rope, sellotape, fluorescent lights. 2008
The Live Jukebox (2011 - ) is a collaboration between Terri Te Tau and Bridget Reweti. The Live Jukebox is an answer to extreme shyness at playing music in public. Listeners can choose from a list of seven or so songs by writing their request on a piece of paper an inserting it into the slot. The pair both sing in the box with Bridget playing guitar and Terri playing acoustic bass.