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Oracle 2.0

Erica Sklenars

(Pōneke / Wellington)

Creative Team: Erica Sklenars, Rachel Neser, Bek Coogan & Samuel Lovrich-Fitzpatrick

Oracle 2.0 can take on the form of any building to converse with humans. She is an omniscient code generated being who lives in cyberspace, but takes on the form of architecture for short periods of time in order to be comprehensible for humans.

 

Fun for the whole family - come ask this mystical Oracle anything!

8.30pm - 11.30pm, 24-27 Feb | Te Whanganui-a-Tara (behind Te Papa) | FREE

 

Creative Team

 

Director: Erica Sklenars
Poneke-based artist and designer Erica Sklenars is a mixed reality artist working in new media, video art, installation, and performance, exploring modes of communication between pop culture and underground cultures, DIY adaptation and technology hacking. Sklenars is currently undertaking doctoral Studies at COCA Massey University. Graduating with a Masters of Fine Arts from Massey University, Sklenars undertook the 2015 Wellington Asia Residency Exchange with Red Gate Gallery, Beijing and was invited back in 2017 for a second residency. In 2019 Sklenars undertook the In-situ Hong Kong artist residency.

 

Working with sound artists and musicians to create performance environments, as ‘Lady Lazer Light’, Sklenars has created installations for Lux Light Festival Wellington; The Performance Arcade; Urban Dream Brokerage; Hildelund Arts Festival, Sweden; Fusion Festival, Germany; 16th OPEN International Performance Art Festival, Beijing; fashion label Nom*D and musicians Orchestra of Spheres, The All-Seeing Hand, Lord Echo, The Black Seeds, French for Rabbits and Estere. 

Animator: Rachel Neser
Rachel Neser is a Wellington based artist who works at the intersection of digital media & physical space. She is known for a unique & innovative body of installation works that explore light, sound & motion to create immersive narratives through a lens of nature & technology. Neser comes from a background as a motion designer and has created several large scale audio visual installations for events such as Lux Light Festival (Wellington), Unison Light Trail (Taupō) and TSB Festival of Lights (New Plymouth).

Performer: Bek Coogan
Bek Coogan (aka Oona Verse) is based in Wellington, originally from Palmeston North. She works across the fields of Performance, Music, Video, Drawing and Collage, exploring both the art and non-art world, questioning the artist’s role and their ability to practice in non-art spaces.Her work posits an alternative female and mythic utopia that began in 2002 with an exhibition of drawings based on a character called Sheville. Drawing on influences including New Zealand painter Colin McCahon and DIY feminist, punk-inspired drawing/collage, the exhibition signaled the idealistic foundations of Coogan’s practice.

 

“Sometimes Art is a call to the wild or to the source, which Bek endures the shit-fight to get back to, (no matter what ‘medium’ she is using, sometimes she’ll use anything she can get her hands on). Bek loves Earth. ‘ In collaborating with fellow artist Beth Sometimes, a phrase often used is ‘Renew your vows with the cosmos’” - BC

 

Over the past 15 years Coogan has been active in a number of bands, using the live music venue as art space. Performing in New Zealand and Europe, her work celebrates and confuses the relationship between the rock musician and the audience, projecting transcendence as absurdism, and vice versa. Most recently she has been a member of Fantasing, an installation, music and live performance collaboration with Sarah Jane Parton Parton, Claire Harris and Gemma Syme. 

 

Sound Designer: Samuel Lovrich-Fitzpatrick
Samuel is a Pōneke based musician who plays in The Shocking and Stunning, and his solo project Disco Horse.