2022 ADA Symposium – Programme

Thursday evening – pre-amble
For those who arrive early here are some things to check out around town.

Friday 23 September:

Registration opens at 0830

0930 Whakawhanaungatanga

1000 Morning tea: Catered by NMIT hospitality students (walk about in the works)

1045 Keynote: Dr Rewa Wright
Through imaging technologies such as electron microscopes, quantum physics has been slowly proving to itself that all particles in the universe are deeply entangled. Now, the curious situation exists where Western science has ‘validated’ what mātauranga Māori has known and preserved for thousands of years. A close analogy for the unseen movements of quanta is mauri, while the structure these quanta form with other particles, emerges in wairua. Tracing the connections between quanta, nano particles, mauri and wairua, this talk reflects upon threads within media art, physics, medicine, data and posthuman design, to weave a new path forward between Western and Indigenous science, philosophy and cosmology

12pm. Online Participatory Panel The Matrix delivers BabyX: Simulation for the Next Five Minutes
Associate Professor David Ciccoricco, Professor Rita Raley (Santa Barbara, CA) & Ursula Standring Bellugue
This panel will be presented remotely online from Dunedin and Santa Barbara, CA.

1300 Lunch: Catered by NMIT hospitality students

Walk the QR Art Trail towards Refinery ArtSpace and back

3-5pm Afternoon programme MeshNet

5×5 mins with the works – Artists at NMIT do a brief stand up about their work

Walk about to encounter performances and installations – check out the VR version below

6pm Opening Event:
Projections – mapped to NMIT G Block building a curated series of video works by local and international artists. See below for the VR version:

Saturday 24 September

Check out the famous Nelson Market for breakfast.

0930 Registration desk open

0945 Start

1000 Plant Lab – Te Tai Tokerau resident Dr Maggie Buxton will open a portal into her transdisciplinary innovation project. She will present an overview of PlantLab’s aims and outputs from the formerly empty shop where it currently resides. One of the participants, Kim Newall, will share his project of weaving together live visual performance (VJing) and biodata.

Morning tea: Catered by NMIT hospitality students

1120 Panel: Data & Ecologies:

Lunch in a bag: Catered by NMIT hospitality students

1pm Institute of IR4.0 (IIR4.0) in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
The local and international research team discuss the GEOspatial AR project Post Memories underway

2pm: Guided tour through the Artworks

5pm evening event at Refinery ArtSpace – alongside Architecture + Women.NZ Tātuhi Drawings
Review and discussion of Play Pen

Saturday Night – choose from the many local eateries, look out for the ADA Artbase QR-code trail

The Beths play at the Theatre Royal (tickets from livenation.co.nz)

Or local funk soul geniuses Dow P’Dowdow @Devilles

Sunday 25 September

0930 Registration desk open

1000 start

Tim Corballis & Kedron Parker: A Renewal of Life’s Possibilities

Kōrerorero | Image/Story interactive workshop, combining text and images shared and gathered during the weekend; a conversation about lockdowns, space travel and utopia.

Morning tea: Catered by NMIT hospitality students walk among the works

1120 Make/Do – open session for delegates, students, artists to ‘take the mic’ and present an idea for critical discussion, reflection and feedback


Lunch: Open Sandwich in a bag Catered by NMIT hospitality students

Chair report, Financial report, overview of ADA progress, current business, Election of new board trustees, new chair – email admin@ada.net.nz for notes.

VR Version of the installations & exhibits at NMIT | Te Pukenga