Aligning the Vibrations: Resounding Matters

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Dr Joe Citizen


Te Kore, to Te Pō, to Te Ao Marama
Te reo Māori (the Māori language) is an oral language, so these “Te Kore, to Te Pō, to Te Ao Marama” words are most commonly encountered as spoken. Unlike Western traditions, precontact Māori cultures did not impose Cartesian divisions between nature and culture on the world. Nor does te reo position entities in an oppositional manner, as for instance the Greek prefix ‘in-’ does on the words ‘tangible’ and ‘intangible.’ Similarly, the Greek prefix ‘inter-’ inscribes the possibility that within oppositional entities there is always an in-between. Sound vibrates, resonates and reverberates, sound is always inherent to material movement, both in its generation and propagation. Vibrations are one of the ways that the material world makes itself felt. If language is communication, then in this understanding it is not just a human prerogative.

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Dr Joe Citizen, Wintec Te Pūkenga

Dr Joe Citizen (PhD, AUT).  I am a collaborative, practice-led creative-arts researcher. I am mainly interested in speculative metaphysics located at the intercultural hyphen space and how this applies to identifying potential synergies and parallels between Māori and Pākehā ways of knowing and being. I am particularly interested in relational emergence, which I explore through the creation of immersive interactive installations, using sound, lighting and transcoded data from environmental sensors. My work is relevant to the fields of Māori–Pākehā relations, post-humanist and new materialist critique, aesthetics and contemporary digital theory. For further information, please contact me: