Half-blood Exhibition and Artworks
In these playable artworks the audience are invited to take up the controls and navigate a Pacific or British character through the a newly-discovered world. For Māori this included taming the harsh environment; for colonialist Pakeha it was taming the savages.
Māori-land Adventure Playable artworks in ObjectSpace
Satire is put to use in these works to explore the darker reality of our shared history. The Māori-centred artwork asks questions about the accidental and deliberate destruction of environments and wildlife – while in the Pakeha artwork, we see Māori subjugated by the introduction of disease, religion and guns.
Aesthetically the works draw on early Māori figurative painting (such as that seen in the whare Rongopai and Nga Tau e Waru), contemporary Māori art practice, and video game art of the 80s and 90s. The web-based digital platform in which the artworks were created help to push the works beyond the gallery space. While the characters and elements in Māoriland Adventure appear simple, the content is rich with meaning and complexity, forcing the viewer to confront a history that some would rather forget. In playing these artworks one if left asking, who really wins?