Te Ataata inaugural residency

Marion Pinaffo and Raphael Pluvinage
The Cultural Office of the French Embassy in NZ and Auckland University of Technology are pleased to announce the first recipients of the newly created Te Ataata Residency programme.


The Cultural Office of the French Embassy in New Zealand and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) are pleased to announce the first recipients of the newly created Te Ataata Residency programme.

Two French laureates, Raphael Pluvinage and Marion Pinaffo, both graduates from one of the premier art and design schools in France, ENSCI Les-Ateliers, will take up residence at AUT’s Colab from September to November this year. Their research will focus on the development of printed electronic toys and interactive art, topics they have previously worked on through their design company Papier Machine.

Colab co-director Frances Joseph says the residency will allow for the development of new initiatives and academic relations.

“We are really excited about the potential of this new partnership that not only provides an exchange of expertise but also a cultural immersion for Raphael and Marion. Digital and new media is thriving in France and Colab will benefit hugely from this residency. The programme will enable the development of new research and collaboration with New Zealand practitioners.”

Cultural counsellor at the French Embassy, M. Raynald Belay is also enthusiastic about the opportunities presented by the new venture.

“We strongly believe that this residency is a fantastic opportunity for emerging French artists to share their savoir-faire, develop new relations and form collaborations with New Zealand creators and researchers. Digital and new media have been thriving in France in recent years with globally recognised creative people actively seeking new international connections, as well as a vibrant ecosystem.  In this instance, Auckland and the Colab structure will offer Raphael and Marion an ideal place of hybridisation between disciplines, technologies and audiences.”

Raphael and Marion’s goal is to make electronics more visible, to demonstrate the basic principles of how they operate and how people engage with them. While in residence, the laureates will work with interactive materials and printed electronics to develop a public exhibition, collaborating with Colab’s academic and research communities.

For more information on the residency programme.

Raphael Pluvinage, recently graduated from ENSCI Les-Ateliers (Paris), is an artist and designer at Superflux (London), an active member of La Paillasse (Paris), and a teacher for the seminar ‘interactive materials’ at ENSCI Les-Ateliers. His work has been exhibited at La Gaite Lyrique (Paris) and La biennale du design (St Etienne).

Marion Pinaffo is a designer, also graduated from ENSCI Les-Ateliers, and from ENSAAMA Oliver de Serres. She works as a freelance product designer for the Doshi-Levien studio (London). Her works have been exhibited at La biennale du design, at the Sunny Memories EPFL exhibit (Lausanne, Paris, New-York, Berlin) and at the Futur en Seine show in Paris.

About Te Ataata

Te Ataata is a 3-month residency programme for a French creative practitioner hosted at Colab in Auckland. Applicants may come from an art, design or engineering background, and must demonstrate a strong engagement in new media and hybrid practices. The residency, which will take place in 2015, 2016 and 2017, aims to enable the development of new initiatives and joint collaborations on topics of mutual interest. An expected outcome is the building of longer term relationships between Colab and French institutions as well as between New Zealand and French artists, through an international network of creative practitioners and thinkers.

About Colab

Colab is a collaboratory for creative technologies research, teaching and experimental practice at Auckland University of Technology. Colab is engaged in both academic and public programmes, supporting the development and showcasing of digital and new media art forms and linking with key cultural and scientific organisations to foster and promote dialogue and exchange. Colab hosts a number of advanced technology labs and research groups with expert technicians that can be accessed to support research, development and collaboration during the residency.

About the Cultural and Scientific Office of the French Embassy in New Zealand

The Te Ataata Residency was initiated through the Cultural and Scientific Office to promote exchange and collaboration between the French and New Zealand creative ecosystems. The Cultural Office provides advice and expertise for cooperation and innovation between French and New Zealand creative professionals, organisations and the general public in the arts, literature, cinema, the digital sphere, sports and more.

Media Release: Auckland University of Technology 

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The Big Idea Editor

22 Jul 2015

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