THE KERMADECS In 2011, nine artists voyaged on the HMNZS Otago to the Kermadecs – one of the most untouched ocean region of the planet. A year later scientists made a similar journey to study whale migration and fish species of the region. These videos and essay describe their experiences.
Each year during the months of October and November thousands of humpback whales depart their breeding grounds in Polynesia for the long migration south. They swim through the Kermadec waters, passing close to Raoul Island, and on to the Antarctic where krill is abundant during the summer months. In SIGHTINGS, marine biologist Rochelle Constantine, attempts to capture a DNA sample from one or the early starters - a sole humpback – the only one seen near Raoul during a week in September 2012. These samples contribute to the growing understanding of the lifecycle of this species. 7.3 m, 2012
In May 2011 nine artists set sail aboard the HMNZS Otago for the Kermadecs to document one of the greatest, least known, pristine ocean sites on the planet. This is a 'log' of their voyage. 14.5 m, 2011 Thanks to NOAA, Neptune Resources Ltd, NIWA and GNS for the use of underwater footage.
Painter/writer/poet/curator, Greg O'Brien talks about his voyage to the Kermadecs. 6.2 m, 2011
Artist Fiona Hall talks about her voyage from New Zealand to Tonga along the 10,000 metre deep Kermadec Trench, and the making of her work; Bowline on a Bight. 4 m, 2011
SIU I MOANA
Siu i Moana
The making of Siu i Moana by artist Robin White, collaborator Ruha Fifita and a Tongan women's group. Collectively, the three ngatu that make up Siu i Moana are an acknowledgement of 'those things that connect different peoples', infusing ordinary materials such as tinned food, tea packaging and jandals with human values that are timeless and, like an ocean, borderless. 5.4 m, 2012
Artist Jason O’Hara talks his childhood hero ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, his fear of sailing and about his voyage to the Kermadec Islands. 4.3 m 2011
John talks about his voyage to the Kermadec Islands. 6.3 m, 2011
John Pule talks about his voyage to the Kermadecs and how it intersects with his life and work. 6.2 m, 2011
Sound and intermedia artist Philip Dadson talks about his voyage to the Kermadec Islands. 7.5 m, 2011
Sculptor/installation artist Elizabeth Thomson talks about her voyage to the Kermadec Islands. 3.6 m, 2011
Robin White talks about her voyage to the Kermadec Islands, and the preparation for the making of Siu i Moana. 9.2 m,2011