Astrolabe – whakaterenga (Matariki Dance)

Astrolabe – whakaterenga is a multimedia collaboration involving renowned digital artists, musicians, and dancers from Singapore, China, Australia, Spain, and New Zealand. This unique project premiered at The National Museum of Singapore’s Gallery 10 in December 2019 as an immersive multi-media…

Astrolabe - whakaterenga (Matariki Dance)

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Astrolabe – whakaterenga is a multimedia collaboration involving renowned digital artists, musicians, and dancers from Singapore, China, Australia, Spain, and New Zealand. This unique project premiered at The National Museum of Singapore’s Gallery 10 in December 2019 as an immersive multi-media exhibition. Good Company Arts and partners are excited to be sharing the work online with VR, expanded home cinema and more.

“Almost every element on Earth is formed by particles from space, including our bodies. Astrolabe seeks to reimagine our perception of body, space and time with the support of digital technologies. Astrolabe’s unique visual and aural scenarios created for VR and expanded cinema invites the public to experience different perspectives of space and time – travelling to augmented realms inspired by ancient star charts and maps. This multimedia project enters into a dialogue with methodologies developed by early Asian and Pacific Island astronomers, and suggests a philosophical ideology of the movement of celestial bodies – acknowledging the oneness of all life. The digital arts and dance of Astrolabe transports audiences in an immersive space voyage for virtual reality, film and sound exhibition” Daniel Belton

The original project was supported by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and the National Heritage Board Singapore. It is led by New Zealand Arts Laureate Daniel Belton and Dunedin-based Good Company Arts. Collaborators include Xiao Ke and Zi Han, Janessa Dufty, Jill Goh, Christina Guieb, Jac Grenfell, Patxi Araujo, Stuart Foster, Donnine Harrison, Nigel Jenkins, Michael Askill, Richard Nunns, PerMagnus Lindborg and Joyce Beetuan Koh.

Astrolabe – whakaterenga VR comes to the World Wide Web for Matariki 2020 and beyond.

“The movements of the tectonic plates across Earths surface demonstrate a cyclical being that goes through phases of rebirth. Earth will continue on, transforming and developing new environmental conditions resulting in the evolution of new forms of life. If we wish to be a part of the future of Earth we must readjust our relationship with the planet. Matariki is a time of letting go of the past and for visioning a better future. Humanity needs hope in this period of accelerated growth and disconnection from the natural rhythms of Earth. We must acknowledge the natural cycles and seasons of life. Matariki is the Solstice, it is a sacred time for reflection and for the dawning of new possibilities together now as a global family” Pepa Belton

“Thoroughly immersive experience for audiences” Lifestyle Asia

“A masterful exhibition, wonderfully woven together” National Museum of Singapore

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