blue radius

Blue Radius was a curated, collaborative exploration of the ecological emergencies taking place along Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) coastlines, involving climate change-induced sea level rise and the ways in which we damage local marine ecology through ongoing extractive practices, from the mining of coastal sand for construction to permits for marina building on fragile sites.

The Blue Radius exhibiton used a range of discrete engagement strategies to arouse public attention towards consciously engaging with climate and ecological science. It deployed sensorial, emotional, and scientific perspectives to imaginatively engage communities with the phenomena of climate change-induced sea level rise and present a range of relevant scientific information to help communities envision the future and make better environment-influenced decisions.

 

The exhibition used a range of visualisation techniques - audio-visual, online gaming, photographic essaying, sculptureal - to show connections between human activities and their impacts on the ocean and marine ecology; adaptation options for citizens in response to sea level rise impacts; and the potential for creative engagement to help communities understand more about the impacts of climate change induced sea level rise.

  • Land Radius|2 – an audio-visual exchange between artists, scientists, community members, and activists who share testimony of their observations and frustrations about the ecological emergencies happening in the Haruaki Gulf Marine Park. Directed by Laura Donkers, this meditative film creates awareness of human interdependence with nature through individual perspectives on environments and communities.

  • My Coastal Future – a new ‘Serious Game’ created especially for the exhibition by NIWA (New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) - provided the player with the experience of decision-making about their coastal property as the sea level rises. The player could decide to build a seawall, move their house, or move elsewhere. The game introduced several models that include costings and worst case/least case scenarios to allow some elements of chance to enter the game and make it more of an experience for the player in the hope that key information would stick in their minds.

  • Coast Under Threat – is a photographic essay by local photographer Stephen Perry that documents the deteriorating structures introduced by authorities and individuals as hard engineering to hold back nature. Piles of imported stones, concrete and rusty steel are photographed far from the cliff face presenting evidence of their temporary nature.

  • Tuakana Teina – a ‘Carbon Stack’ created by Bianca Ranson and Te Aata Rangimarie Smith, forms a towering, tactile, three-dimensional object to stimulate pro-environmental consciousness. It promotes more sustainable ways of living through community food growing and highlights the destruction of Kororā (Little Blue Penguin) habitats with the construction of a controversial 140-berth marina on Waiheke Island.

  • Not Quite a Church | Inciting Public Gathering – is the tarpaulin-based work of Nââwié Tutugoro, which references the raid on Camp Kororā, the activist’s camp on Waiheke Island.

  • Ngā Aua Rere Kaharunga – is a woven sculpture by Atareta Black who weaves traditional Māori knowledge, genealogy, and traditional stories to convey relationships to the sea, land, and environment