The Return of the Polynesian Phantom by Metuanooroa Tapuni

2008
The aim of this research project was to reimagine, recontextualise, and reframe Polynesian identity.

The project engaged interactive and robotic technology through the exploration of objects, movement and installation. It negotiated the space between lightness and darkness, visibility/invisibility, metaphorical parallels made between social constructs primarily engaging with disconnection, phantom and phantasy, stereotype, panopticon and controlled spaces.

A multi-disciplinary artist and currently a Masters student at AUT, Metuanooroa Tapuni Gained a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts graduating in 1999 and a Graduate Diploma in Digital Media from Aut in 2007, marking a transition from traditional forms of art making to digital and interactive technology.

Generally her work explores occident and orient (notions of cultural difference, mimicry, hegemony and imperialism) cultures through the process of parody by means of experiential installation, paint, drawing and object art. She is interested in cultural stereotypes, the identities of the colonised and the coloniser, defined roles, attributes, how they become and how they define circumstance, context and environment.

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