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.