Te Taki o te Ua / The Sound of Rain
Kāi Tahu choreographer, video artist Louise Pōtiki Bryant with kaiwaiata, taoka puoro player Ariana Tikao & composer Paddy Free.
Te Taki o te Ua / The Sound of Rain is an inspiring video installation and performance weaving dance, waiata, taoka puoro, animation and video in a work addressing the impacts of climate change in the takiwā of Kāi Tahu, Te Waipounamu.
The video exhibition is made up of three moving image works: Waikohu / Mist is an expression of the water cycle in balance and honours the emergence of freshwater as a consequence of the separation of Rakinui and Papatūānuku; Pakapaka / Drought addresses the projected increased frequency and intensity of drought in some takiwā; Āwhā / Storm tackles the projected increase in intensity and frequency of storms and flooding as a consequence of climate change.
The artists received mentorship from Dr Daniel Hikuroa, a scientist who specialises in mātauranga Māori, as well as earth systems and fresh water scientist, Dr Mike Joy (both are part of What if Climate Change was Purple?) in the early stage of development.
Te Taki o te Ua / The Sound of Rain performance was made with the support of What if Climate Change was Purple?