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    Students editing 'The Couch'

    Below is a list of events happening as part of Spark 2010. We’ve also collected a list of other events on during the week – click here for  more details.

    MONDAY 9th August 

    Screening of sitcom premiere: ‘The Couch’ 

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

    The multicamera sitcom project has been driven by students and staff from the School of Media Arts’ Moving Image department, with support from local actors’ group Urban Vineyard Collective and and a number of performers from around the community. Filming was completed in May. 

    The Spark screening will be the first opportunity for many to see the finished product, described as a comedy of errors set in a casting agency. The screening is free and open to the public. 

    Opening: Video Lounge Exhibition
    Where: Ramp Gallery
    When: 5.30pm 9th August 

    The Video Lounge offers an opportunity to relax during Ramp while enjoy a range of top short films. The programme features films by Shona McCullagh, Campbell Farquhar, Taika Waititi, Lala Rolls, Greg Page, and many more. Click here for the full schedule of films and times.

    TUESDAY 10th August 

    Media Bites
    Broadcaster Paul Holmes is the guest speaker for August’s Media Bites. Media Bites happens three times a year, offering students and invited guests the opportunity to mingle over lunch while listening to a guest speaker from the media. Past speakers have included presenters John Campbell, Sean Plunket and Media Arts graduate Carly Flynn. 

    Media Bites is an invitation-event. To find out more, contact Barbara Smithers at the Media Arts office. 

    Pecha Kucha night vol #6 

    Pecha Kucha is a presentation format for creative work originally devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Kein-Dytham Architecture (KDa) in Tokyo, Japan in 2003. Pecha Kucha is a unique, rapid-fire format in which each speaker shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds. With each presentation lasting just 6 minutes and 40 seconds, the audience experiences an exhilarating variety of ideas and projects. Doors open 6.30, presentations start at 7pm.


    WEDNESDAY 11th August 

    Straight from the horse’s mouth
    Wednesday 11th August, 10.30am, at the Hub
    5 Media Arts graduates inform you of their experiences from graduating from Wintec and moving into the creative industries sector. Come and hear about some of the steps each took to put their dreams into action. Features music, digital media, publishing, journalism, and graphics. Speakers are Rosie Percival and Ruth Friedlander from the Martha Goes Green cookbook team (pictured left), graphic designer Simon Wade,  post-production engineer Morgan Samuel, and Greer McDonald (journalism/social media). The session will be facilitated by Cheryl Reynolds who is CEO of SODA Inc – a recent initiative of Wintec and HCC to nurture and grow creative industries in the Waikato.  Cheryl is a successful business entrepreneur with twenty years leadership experience at national and international levels across the creative and technology sectors.


    Art exhibition opening: Human Posts
    Where: La Mezz Gallery
    When: Opening 6pm, Wed 11th Aug (invitation event, RSVP). Exhibition dates 12th – 25th August.

    Curator of ‘Human Posts’ exhibition is Deborah Duffield.  Music by Soundwaves.  Exhibition runs from the 11th – 25th August. 

    Waikato Museum Talks – Understanding the museum machine
    Make sure to catch one of these Waikato Museum Talks especially programmed for Spark Week.
    Happening August 11, 12 and 13 at 9.30 – 10.30am. 

    This is an opportunity to take a unique look at the work that goes on behind the scenes in museums. The Waikato Museum has opened its doors for three tours during Spark. You will get to meet our visual arts concept leader, graphic designers, exhibitions designers, preparators, technicians, collections registrars and get a look at the work they do to put an exhibition together from concept to concrete exhibition; as well as a rare look in to how we care for our collections. Tour numbers limited, booking on 07 838 6606. 


    Assume Nothing (2009, NZ) directed by Kirsty MacDonald (82 minutes) is screening at Wintec as part of the UniQ Fabulous Film Festival

    August 11th, 2010.

    5:30pm in room Cg.16, Wintec.

      Many of us assume that there are only two genders and that being female or male follows from the sex of our biological bodies. Focusing on the art, photography and performances of four “alternative” gender artists Assume Nothing poses the questions: “What if “male” and “female” are not the only options? How do other genders express themselves through art?” Assume Nothing takes its title from the work of renowned NZ photographer Rebecca Swan’s book “Assume Nothing” (2004), which reveals an extraordinary diversity of gender identity from the Pacific region and beyond.

    THURSDAY 12th August 

    New Zealand Film Festival Opening
    @ The Lido Cinema, Hamilton.
    Door sales apply. 

    Waikato Museum Talks – Understanding the museum machine . 9.30am


    FRIDAY 13th August

    Screening: Canvassing the Treaty
    Where: Lido Cinema 

    When: 9am Friday 13th Aug 

    Canvassing the Treaty is a 78 Minute feature documentary. Six New Zealand artists explore our history and create shared visions for our future. 

    Canvassing the Treaty is a thought provoking and entertaining examination of the Treaty of Waitangi through artists’ eyes. Guided throughout by Ngāpuhi, Kaumatua, Kingi Taurua, this engaging project is both an art and social experiment. Kingi: “The only way forward for us is to understand each other, not that we are one but that we are different, with different protocols. We must learn about the Treaty and the 1835 Declaration of Independence and talk, talk, talk.” 

    Kay Ellmers and Jane Reeves create three pairs of artists of various cultural backgrounds, artistic styles, political perspectives and temperaments. Each pair combines one artist of Māori descent and one artist who is not of Māori descent. These Tangata Whenua/Tangata Tiriti pairs attend a day long treaty education workshop and one month later, are challenged to create a collaborative artwork in response to the Treaty of Waitangi over the course of a weekend wananga at Te Tii marae in Waitangi. 

    With stunning locations, eclectic artistic visions and provocative discussion, ‘Canvassing the Treaty’ offers a fresh look at the legacy of the Treaty of Waitangi, through artists’ eyes. 

    Read the full Big Idea article on making the series. 

    Film Forum Friday 13th August, 2.30pm at The Lido Cinema Foyer: 

     “Can Quality NZ Documentary Films be broadcast on NZ television with the current mainstream love affair with Reality TV?” 

    A panel of contemporary documentary film makers will debate the future of NZ documentary filmmaking, as mainstream NZ television reinforces its love affair with Reality TV and Maori TV takes the quality high ground for NZ and international documentary programming. 

    Screening: Jim Marbrook films: Jumbo & Cap Bocage 

     When: 1pm, Fri 13th Aug  

    Where: Lido Cinema 

    Still from 'Jumbo'

    Jim Marbrook is a filmmaker whose documentaries and short films have won prizes and appeared at festivals

    all over the world. Click here for Jim Marbrook’s profile. At this screening, Jim will show two of his films and talk about his work.  

    Jumbo 15min 35mm.
    Vfilms and NZFC/Screen Innovation Fund. Written and Directed by Jim Marbrook. Produced by Jim Marbrook, Anna Marbrook and Heather Lee. With Stephen Papps, Mark Clare and Celia Nicholson. Director of Photography – Simon Raby. Sound – Dick Reade. Music – Neill Duncan  

    An idiosyncratic guest, Odlin, has taken up residence in the garage in Ricky’s home. But when the pressure goes on, Ricky’s girlfriend is in no hurry to see him go. A ménage a trois with hardly any ménage.  

    Cap Bocage
    (52 min HD documentary work-in-progress). Producer DirectorCamera and Direction: Jim Marbrook and James Nicholson. Sound. Steve Woodward  

    A Kanak community group on the main island of New Caledonia reacts to attempts by a mining company to clean up an ecological disaster.  

    Spark finale, with special guests
    When: 4pm, Fri 13th Aug
    Where: Lido Cinema 

    Screening: Exit Through The Gift Shop
    When: 8pm, 13th Aug
    Where: Lido Cinema (standard ticket prices apply)  

     “No, it’s not a hoax – but the British street artist’s hilarious documentary is a head-spinning, wild ride.” — Andrew O’Hehir, salon.com 

    Read the NZFF listing here.  Standard ticket prices apply for this screening. Note: Spark will be giving away 10 pairs of tickets to ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’, so watch this space and make sure you’re following Spark on Facebook.

    Waikato Museum Talks – Understanding the museum machine – 9.30am