2016 Te Ataata French Artists in Residence announced [fr]
The Cultural Office of the French Embassy in New Zealand and Auckland University of Technology (AUT)‘s Colab Research Centre began the programme last year, to build linkages, share knowledge and understanding between New Zealand and French creative technologies fields.
Goliath Dyèvre and Grégory Chatonsky have been selected as the 2016 recipients, out of more than 30 French applicants, and will be in Auckland from July to September. The duo have well established individual careers but only recently began working together after meeting at a residency in Japan During their 3-month stay, the pair is going to utilise Colab’s advanced labs and technical and conceptual expertise to create a new project with a working title of: The augmentation of things. It aims to build objects that are simultaneously in two worlds, tangible and virtual. In each world the object is incomplete, it is only when the two meet that it makes sense.
Chatonsky’s work has traditionally questioned the difference between public and private, real and virtual, fluid and constant, through works that trouble or disorient viewers. He has also taught at several art schools, including the Fresnoy and UQAM and Hexagram in Montreal. See Chatonsky’s website to explore his work and past projects.
Dyèvre uses 3D printing extensively in his designs, and has even printed replicas of human bones. He’s also worked with Hermes in the past and has taught at Beaux Arts in Lyon, and is a regular external examiner at ENSCI, Ecole Boule and the Beaux Arts of St-Etienne. See Dyèvre’s website to explore his work and past projects.
The co-director of AUT’s Colab, Dr Frances Joesph, says she is looking forward to welcoming the pair. “Their augmented reality project links well to research and staff interests at Colab and will be well supported through our Labs and student engagement. The Te Ataata residency is proving to be very successful in developing productive linkages and long term relationships between Colab and individuals and institutions in the French Creative Technologies sector”.
The head of the Cultural Office at the French Embassy, Raynald Belay says the artists’ work is exciting. “Outstanding French digital media artist Gregory Chatonsky and remarkable designer Goliath Dyèvre will make a great contribution to the programme and to growing interactions between the French and New Zealand creative technologies’ ecosystem”.
For more information on the residency programme, click here.
About Te Ataata
Te Ataata is a 3-month residency programme for a French creative practitioner/s hosted at Colab at AUT in Auckland. Applicants may come from an art, design or engineering background, and must demonstrate a strong engagement in new media and hybrid practices. The residency aims to enable the development of new initiatives and joint collaborations on topics of mutual interest. An expected outcome is the building of longer term relationships between Colab and French institutions as well as between New Zealand and French artists, through an international network of creative practitioners and thinkers.
Colab is a collaboratory for creative technologies research, teaching and experimental practice at Auckland University of Technology. Colab is engaged in both academic and public programmes, supporting the development and showcasing of digital and new media art forms and linking with key cultural and scientific organisations to foster and promote dialogue and exchange. Colab hosts a number of advanced technology labs and research groups with expert technicians that can be accessed to support research, development and collaboration during the residency.
About the Cultural and Scientific Office of the French Embassy in New Zealand
The Te Ataata Residency was initiated through the Cultural and Scientific Office to promote exchange and collaboration between the French and New Zealand creative ecosystems. The Cultural Office provides advice and expertise for cooperation and innovation between French and New Zealand creative professionals, organisations and the general public in the arts, literature, cinema, the digital sphere, sports and more.