Lisa Clunie

Lisa Clunie is an artist who lives and works in Te Tai Tokerau, Aotearoa (NZ). Lisa was awarded a Masters of Philosophy from the Australian National University in 2014 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Otago Polytechnic in 1996. Key interests of Lisa’s include the relationship between art and science, and photography to drawing. Lisa exhibits regularly and currently teaches photography and drawing at NorthTec in Whangārei.

My photographic practice is largely analogue based. Underpinned by an interest in phenomenology, I consider the nature of being and our complex perceptions of time and space. Communicating the materiality of photography and our experience of time is a recurrent focus in my work. These ideas are often visualised through abstraction. I try to create a space where the play between abstraction and representation can signal the transformative processes that we all experience in the world. Through my art-making I share some of the wonderment and curiosity that I find in nature and the everyday.

Thorsten Hoppe

Thorsten Hoppe is a historian (Master in History, Linguistic and East European Studies from University of Hamburg, 2005), musician, writer and sound artist. He lives in Hikurangi (Northland/NZ), but is originally from Hamburg, Germany, where he worked in different social projects with a focus on community art. In Hamburg, he helped to build up the Werkhaus, where he worked in cooperation with a range of international artists from Europe, engaging with young homeless people and refugees. At the Werkhaus Thorsten organised with other musicians concerts for improvised music. He has also played in several other projects throughout Europe. He has recorded and published mainly experimental music. In New Zealand Thorsten plays in a few music projects. He has published several texts in Germany, including travel and cultural guides, and texts about the various art and cultural projects he has been involved with.

A focus of my art practice and work has always been the social dimension of our existence. Direct interaction with other people and dialogue are of great importance. We cannot define ourselves without seeing and reflecting the social context we are living in. The history we share with others gives us shape.

The music I make is often improvised. Together with other musicians I like to create music which is situated in the moment. In doing so special atmospheres and emotions come spontaneously to light.