AR for ART - iSPARX at Toi Poneke

AR for ART - Immersive Space Programme work with Te Papa & Suzanne Tamaki on an AR installation at Toi Poneke

Te Papa / Toi Poneke installation

Working with Artist & Curator Suzanne Tamaki & exclusive access to the Te Papa Artefacts & Collections.

This unique installation of integrated Augmented Reality & immersive media utilises genuine artefacts & archives with state of the art new technology involving Augmented & Merged Reality that will surprise, excite & enlighten... where art & education are cohesively confused in an immersive statement.

Producer Joff Rae says "Tamaki presents these works as a functional element of her curatorial process establishing a purposeful & relative response to the works of the selected artists showing in the group exhibition... the interactive AR & MR are unique artistic presentations & works - it's clever & insightful that she uses genuine artefacts from the Te Papa Collections"

LOOK  around the gallery for these markers

LOOK around the gallery for these markers


pūkana whakarunga!
gaze wildly to the realm above!
pūkana whakararo! 
gaze wildly to the realm below!

reweti arapere, kauri hawkins, stevei houkamau, lonnie hutchinson, robyn kahukiwa, kereama taepa, david hakaraia, james lainchbury, reuben paterson and ngatai taepa, with te whare rokiroki - māori women's refuge and others

curated by suzanne tamaki

2 — 24 june

Physical and virtual taonga are unified in the exhibition Pūkana whakarunga! Pūkana whakararo! curated by Suzanne Tamaki. Referencing the heralding of Matariki, the exhibition brings heaven and earth into closer conversation. Contemporary artworks by leading and emerging Māori artists are paired with virtual taonga from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, accessed via visitors’ mobile devices. 

The connection of contemporary and historic treasures in Pūkana whakarunga! Pūkana whakararo! offers a glimpse into how Māori symbolism, carving and ideologies have developed and morphed into new artistic practices. 

Authenticity comes into question through the physical and virtual exhibition experience, as the selected museum taonga are all replicas of original artefacts - even in real-life they are in a sense unreal. Tamaki’s inclusion of the replicas in the exhibition suggests they are no less valuable as taonga.  

Contemporary issues are also embedded into the exhibition. Tamaki has worked with Te Whare Rokiroki – Māori Women's Refuge Arts Coordinator Natalie Mataria  to incorporate a constellation of hand woven stars into the exhibition. The stars will be created through workshop sessions at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre as part of the ‘One Millions Stars to End Violence project’ initiated by artist Maryann Pau. Tamaki sees the inclusion of the community-made stars as a hopeful way to raise awareness about contemporary issues during Matariki.