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Sustain/Create

Sustain/Create

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When:

  • Thu 22 Sep ’11, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Where:

St Paul St Gallery, 40 St Paul Street, Auckland CBD

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Speakers: Rachel Brown (Chair), Dr Idil Gaziulusoy, Dr Stephen Knight-Lenihan, Chris Mulcare, and Sir Tamati Reedy

Location: WS 114, 34 St Paul St.

Sustain/Create is the first in series of regular public discussions focused on questions of design, creativity and sustainability.

This first Create/Sustain forum brings together four leading thinkers in the fields of design, environmental planning, investment in sustainable technology and social and cultural development.

The discussions generated by this multifaceted panel will lay the ground work for the future conversations on the role design has to play in the field of sustainability. It recognises that prior to seeking design solutions for sustainable development we must first identify the parameters of sustainable development and the issues that it provokes.

By bringing together these diverse fields we hope to expand our conception of sustainability and identify what values are integral to building our future.

The People:
Rachel Brown (Chair) is the Founder and Chief Executive of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) a national network of over 400 members. Rachel is a pioneer in sustainability with over 15 years experience working with business in sustainable management.

Dr. Idil Gaziulusoy was born and raised in Turkey and moved to New Zealand to undertake a PhD at the University of Auckland researching system innovation for sustainability. Currently she is working as a lecturer in Product Design in the School of Art + Design, AUT University.

Dr Stephen Knight-Lenihan, is environmental consultant, and lecturer at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland. His research focuses on integrating ecological sustainability concepts into decision-making on infrastructure, transport and planning.

Chris Mulcare, is a clean technology specialist for Investment NZ. He specialises in bringing together offshore investors and strategic partners with New Zealand companies that are developing clean technologies.

Sir Tamati Reedy (Ngāti Porou), is a professional educationalist and academic with a specialty in linguistics and Māori and Pacific Development. He was awarded the title Emeritus Professor by the University of Waikato in December 2009 and appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal in 2010.

Sustain/Create co-presented by Product Design, School of Art + Design, AUT University as part of their research into sustainable design practise and St Paul St Gallery as part of its research strand Ethically, Socially, Politically, a series of interrogations into the complex interfaces between aesthetics, politics and ethics in the 21st century.

The Golden Shuffle:
St Paul St Gallery is hosting Sustain/Create alongside the exhibition The Golden Shuffle, by Brydee Rood and Matthew Crookes 26 August – 23 September. The artists are interested in the low status attached to certain, quite costly to produce, materials, and in ways that these materials can be redeemed and re-ascribed with value. In The Golden Shuffle Rood and Crookes have come together to create a meditation on the culture of waste, and indeed the necessity for continued and increasing superfluity in consumer culture.

Image credit: Brydee Rood The Waste Whisperer, 2011, German blue rubbish bags, LED hose lights and plastic tubing

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