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Spring - Summer 2014-15

Through their studio based practices Imagine the Land collaborates are undertaking arts-based research into the development of the projects epistemological methods of creative inquiry. Ekarasa Doblanovic studio practice is based in the Waitakari ranges of Auckland, New Zealand and
Karma Barnes is based in the Northern Rivers of NSW, East Coast Australia.
Research themes include undertaking local site based research into the usage of materials, gathering and preparation methods and the relationships of materials and place in site specific works. In addition they are seeking to find deeper understanding in their methodological practices of participatory engagement, social practice and collaborative art, through a series of research inquiries.

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Commissioned by Auckland City Council

La Rosa Day-lighting Project is working for the reestablishment of the natural environment through the removal of storm water drains (day-lighting) and riverbed regeneration. Creating huge environmental benefits that allow wild life such as the Long Fin Eel & rsquo;s to regain its migratory pathways. It is the first of 100 such projects initiates by Auckland City Council.
In celebration Imagine the Land Project will be producing an outdoor impermanent art installation based on the waterway journeys of the Tuna Kuwharuwharu (the long-fin eel). The installation will be made in collaboration with a group of creative children from Green Bay Schools. It will be made from a variety of locally sourced materials and pigments from the Waitakere Ranges. The art work will metaphorically explore the ancient journey of the Tuna Kuwharuwharu through the water ways of New Zealand and its long journey through to the pacific, then when reaching the final stages of its life, returning to Tonga to spawn and die, thus leaving the next generation to make the long and risky journey to Aotearoa to continue the cycle. Through the many collaborative hands of the young participants, the art work will celebrate our connection and respect of the land and the sea and celebrate the restoration of the waterways on our homeland.

La Rosa Garden Reserve Opening
Saturday 16th November, 10am - 3.30pm
La Rosa Garden Reserve, 10 La Rosa St, Green Bay, Auckland

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After the success of last years participatory installation & rsquo;Formed by Fire & rsquo; Imagine the Land have been welcomed back to Woodford for another 6 days of collaborative installation creating at this years festival. The art work will be produced from Metamorphic and Igneous materials and pigments from the regions volcanic terrain. This years installation will be linking in with the International Art Movement called "Re-birth Day" a vital, living, breathing symbol of positive personal, environmental and social change. Rebirth-day is a project by Michelangelo Pistoletto and Cittadellarte, Italy.

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The Australian exhibition is is the 27th exhibition of A Book About Death. Paris based artist Matthew Rose instigated the first A Book About Death exhibition in 2009 in New York. Presented at Tweed River Regional Gallery post card works from 300 artists from more than 20 countries will be exhibited. Imagine the Land Project have submitted an image of Mandala of Life & Death from our 2011 exhibition at the Wellington Museum City & Sea.

Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia.
18 October - 24 November, 2013

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