Navigating a resilient environmental art practice, by focusing on preserving, protecting, and regenerating the essence of Mauri (the life force) within local environment & communities.
Speaker: Tanya Ruka
Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka is a Māori artist and designer of Ngati Pakau, Te Uriroroi, Te Parawhau, Te Mahurehure Ngapuhi, and Waitaha Hokianga descent. Founder of Fog & Moon Studio and Region Net Positive Ltd. Tanya works with Mātauranga Māori (ancestral knowledge and navigational tools) to design pathways of transitional Indigenous Futures and Indigenous Speculative Design. Working in the digital realm and on the Whenua to firmly place indigenous concepts, knowledge, perspectives, and ways of being in the landless territories of new imagined futures.
Ruka works with dedicated indigenous and non-indigenous textile researchers, academics, scientists, engineers, growers and local Iwi documenting the journey towards development of a circular design for native plant fibre materials and textiles that will help to connect people back to the land through indigenous ways of knowing.
The Community Rongoā Forest in Brooklyn is a concept design weaving together the ancestral rongoā knowledge of Ruka’s great grandmother with integrated app based technology.
City Talks is an ongoing series initiated by the New Zealand Institute of Architects Wellington Branch and presented in partnership with City Gallery Wellington.