Interactive video installation for 2 networked computers with touch pads, 2 video projectors and 2 laserdisc players. Created in collaboration with the Museum of New Zealand, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. Original version in English.
Four new-zealanders, appear two by two to discuss, amongst themselves and with visitors, issues facing people and society in this part of the world in the late nineties. As their connection to the land is revealed, they offer to guide visitors in and around Wellington to places meaningfull to them.
Laurae Perry, an Australia born actress, has been living in New Zealand for over 20 years. Geoff Park is an environmentalist who's ancesters from the Lake region in the UK make him a pakeha. Michael Tuffery is a performance artist of samoan origin. Meagan Tamati is Maori; she is also curator at the Museum of New Zealand. They all lived in Wellington at the time of the recording.
Original idea, scenario, dialogues, design, direction, production: Luc Courchesne
Assistance to direction and production: Étienne Desautels, Marc Lavallée
Programming: Marc Lavallée, Luc Courchesne
Video editing: Luc Courchesne, Étienne Desautels
Construction of installation: Luc Courchesne, Guy Hébert, Claude Belils
Mastering of laserdiscs: 3-M Optical Recording (Menomonie WI)
Created in collaboration with the Museum of New Zealand, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs.
Museum of New Zealand, Wellington (February 1998 - March 1999)