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    Film Friday wraps up another successful Spark

    Spark Festival of Media, Arts and Design came to an end on Friday 13th August, finishing appropriately with a film-based day at the Lido Cinema.

    Underwater Collective link and liven Spark venues

    Windows around Hamilton are set to get makeovers from local artists Underwater Collective as part of the Spark Festival this week.

    Skiing accident for Morgan Samuel

    Audio engineer MORGAN SAMUEL will not now be presenting as part of the Graduate Forum, due to stopping for some skiing on the way up to Hamilton and ending up in hospital. We wish him all the best and hope he feels better soon. His workshop will now happen on FRIDAY.

    Win Spark stuff!

    Submit your photos, doodles and comments to be in the draw to win cool Spark stuff (tees, noteboks and film passes).

    Panel to look at future of NZ Documentary Filmmaking

    The future of documentary film making in New Zealand will be discussed at Wintec’s Spark festival of media arts this month. A panel of contemporary New Zealand film makers will talk about their experiences at a forum at Hamilton’s Lido Cinema on August 13.

    Around town during Spark

    We asked what else was happening in Hamilton on the 9th – 13th August, and it turns out there’s a whole lot to keep you busy outside of Spark sessions. Check out some of these events, from exhibitions to burlesque life-drawing…

    Pecha Kucha Hamilton turns 3!

    Pecha Kucha Night Hamilton celebrates its 3rd Birthday on Tuesday August 10, 7pm.
    In what promises to be an exhilarating night, Pecha Kucha Hamilton brings together some of the best minds in the Waikato to celebrate its third birthday on August 10

    Video Lounge Programme announced

    Visit the Video Lounge in Ramp Gallery during Spark to relax and enjoy a range of top NZ short films (with a few international guests thrown in). Full programme listings here – plan the week now.

    Vince Harder features on Tagata Pasifika

    Spark guest Vince Harder featured on Tagata Pasifika recently. Click to watch the profile segment. Vince will be speaking at Spark at 4pm on Tues 10th August.

    ‘straight from the horse’s mouth’

    ‘straight from the horse’s mouth’ is a forum for people about to step out into the workforce. Find out some of the challenges and experiences 5 Mediarts graduates faced when embarking on their careers in the creative industries & cultural sector.

    Sitcom premiere: ‘The Couch’

    Spark is set to host the world premiere of ”The Couch’, screening at 12pm on Monday the 9th of August.

    Spark posters hit town

    The eyecatching 2010 Spark poster, designed by illustrator and BMA graduate Gary Venn, has now been printed, and distributed around town.

    Spark on Facebook and Twitter

    For regular updates and the chance to win prizes, come and follow Spark on Facebook or Twitter!

    Last days to enter t-shirt competition

    Entries are still open for the 2010 Spark t-shirt competition, and there’s just one week left. Spark is Wintec’s annual international festival of media arts and design. It provides a forum for those in the creative industries to meet and listen to cutting-edge national and international artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers and media personalities. As Spark hits […]

    Supernature signs for Spark

    A Shanghai-based design company, which says it is heavily influenced by New Zealand’s natural world, will be among the presenters at Spark 2010, Wintec’s international festival of media, arts and design.

    Rebecca Swan to replace Mary Mattingly at Spark

    Due to family reasons, US photographer Mary Mattingly has unfortunately had to withdraw from Spark 2010. However, Spark is very pleased to welcome noted NZ photographer Rebecca Swan, who has kindly agreed to fill this spot at short notice.

    Welcome to Spark 2010

    As Spark hits its 12th year, we’re looking forward to bringing you an exciting and dynamic festival. Spark will again be held at Wintec’s Hamilton City Campus in August, attracting both local and international guest speakers.

    Design the official t-shirt for Spark 2010!

    Spark t-shirt competition open now! Click here for details.


    Vince Harder

    Currently working on his debut album, regular P Money collaborator Vince Harder is a superstar in the making. He sang lead vocals & co-wrote P-Money’s hit platinum-selling single ‘Everything’ which went to #1 in the NZ charts for 3 weeks and also received extensive airplay in the UK & Australia.

    Martha Goes Spark: Rosie Percival & Ruth Friedlander

    Cookbook creators Rosie Percival and Ruth Friedlander were both born in New Zealand, studied Media Arts at Wintec and are now based in Melbourne, Australia. They will discuss their self-funded cookbook and future projects.

    Super Nature

    Super Nature is a Shanghai based multi-discipline design company, specialising in interactive design, visual communication & media technology. Super Nature provides tailor-made solutions from conceptualisation to design, using new technologies integrated in production.

    Rastko Ćirić

    Rastko Ćirić is Full Professor of Illustration at the Faculty of Applied Arts, University of Arts, Belgrade. At Spark Prof Ćirić will be presenting on THE RUBBER SOUL PROJECT, a complex and somewhat bizarre multimedia conceptual project dedicated to the Beatles.

    KHF Media: Thomas Robins & David Stubbs

    David Stubbs and Thomas Robins from successful Wellington production house KHF Media will talk about crafting the award-winning online interactive drama Reservoir Hill.

    Morgan Samuel – CANCELLED

    Unfortunately, Morgan Samuel’s presentation will be cancelled due to a skiiing accident. We wish him all the best for a quick recovery.

    Michael Harrison

    Michael Harrison’s art has been described as inventive, romantic, playful yet sincere, ambiguous, sometimes uneasy. His mostly small-scale paintings of people and animals are sourced from imagination, book illustration, art history, photography and life itself.

    Rebecca Swan

    For over 20 years Rebecca Swan has exhibited in major galleries and museums in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, England, Scotland and Germany. She has had 3 books published in 11 countries: ‘The Big C’ 1996, ‘Assume Nothing’ 2004 and ‘The Good Life’ 2010.

    Jim Marbrook

    Jim Marbrook is a filmmaker whose documentaries and short films have won prizes and appeared at festivals all over the world. His short film ‘Jumbo’ was recognised at the 1999 NZ Film Awards and has screened at festivals and on television here and overseas.

    Elisabeth Vaneveld

    Elisabeth Vaneveld is a strategist, project leader and process facilitator with extensive experience in the cultural, community and public sectors in New Zealand and Australia.

    Mike O’Donnell

    Mike “MOD” O’Donnell works as Head of Operations for Trade Me. Prior to this he was Head of Commercial and Regulatory for five years, and has worked in a number of senior roles in media, marketing and investment.

    Mary Mattingly – CANCELLED

    Mary Mattingly will no longer be speaking at Spark due to family reasons. We apologise for any disappointment.

    Lesley Duxbury

    Melbourne artist and Associate Professor at RMIT Dr Lesley Duxbury is a photographer and printmaker with a particular interest in the natural environment and sustainability.

    Greer McDonald

    ‘Social media editor, journalist and blogger at @NZStuff. Jandal aficionado, lover of chips and dip, news hound’. So reads Greer McDonald’s description on her Twitter page. McDonald was appointed Social Media Editor for Fairfax in 2010.

    Jane Reeves and Kay Ellmers

    Jane Reeves (director) and Kay Ellmers (producer) are responsible for Canvassing The Treaty, a thought-provoking and entertaining examination of the Treaty of Waitangi through artists’ eyes.

    Helen Lennie

    New Zealand born Helen Lennie is the Sales & Marketing Director of Signature Prints and is the human dynamo of the business, beautifully complimenting the ambition and vision of her husband David Lennie, the CEO.

    Cheryl Reynolds (Soda INC)

    Cheryl Reynolds is a creative entrepreneur and business leader with over twenty years experience at national and international levels across the creative digital and technology sectors. Note: this workshop is now fully booked.