Maori culture personifies nature.
The land is our mother, the sky our father,
and the trees are our siblings
and immediate ancestor.
We stand within nature.
I wanted to create a sense of this connection
with nature in the first works
visitors encounter in the Terpkerk
First visitors encountered a snail on the steps and then the long-legged bird-form
bearing the text:
you can never stand
in the same shadow twice.
the shadow of the stork
on the surface of the water
The text on the larger snail reads:
The tide was a million kilometres wide and its noise was like deafening thunder. It was a continuum of past, present, and future, filled with creatures of darkness and creatures of light which swam, divided, united and swam again."
The sounds were sea-like sounds, which evolved towards gentle drumming, saxophone droning, trumpet, piano and guitar rifts then, humming, and chanting.
An inland soul at sea, a soundscape
of water-like sounds mixed with music by 4 musicians accompanied translucent boat-like forms, hanging above the viewer. While this work was a starting point - a moment for meditation - there is no particular viewing point. These boats forms can also be seen as suspended islands.
Further on are a collection of other 'islands', in the form of snails spread over the floor. Each snail bears text in either English, Dutch or New Zealand Maori alluding to changing times and perspectives, in nature, culture, and the arts.
In the garden of Fine Arts.
The princess was given a ball of magic thread The princess received a magic a magic collection of threads and was told that she should pull out a thread whenever she was unhappy. When the thread come out, the unpleasant time would be over. Soon most of the threads were gone and the princess discovered that she had become an old woman."
I also gave three hour long workshops for primary school classes.
I put the students into groups of two or three and gave them questions to work out in response to the various works in the show.
Later each group gave a short presentation about what they discovered, what they decided in their consultation, and how they would change how that work could be presented.