RESAMPLE TATAU | World Premiere | Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts

November 15th 2021
Resample Tatau, an ambitious new audio-visual work from award-winning creative producer and sound artist Anonymouz will be premiered on March 9th at next years Aotearoa NZ International Festival of the Arts at Wellington’s TSB Arena.

Developed through a Massey University Toi Rauwhārangi Massey College of Creative Arts creative residency, this new work finds him combining classical hip hop sampling and avant-garde Pacific sound design with the ultra-personal journey of receiving his tatau, a traditional hand tapped Sāmoan tattoo painfully applied from the rib cage down to the knees by Su'a Suluape Paulo Junior of the prestigious Sā Su'ā Suluape tattooing clan back in 2015.
Audio recordings of the tapping and spatial ambience of his seven session tatau journey provide the sampled foundation to a seven-movement soundscape composition using Hip Hop production techniques accompanied by live strings and indigenous instrumentation set to a backdrop of video projection. Step inside the world of Resample Tatau; take a seat or sit on the fala (mat) and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this ritualistic performance.
Building on his recent creations for award-winning dance company Black Grace and his historic opening soundscape for the New Zealand Government's official apology to the Pasifika community for the Dawn Raids, and in collaboration with a village council and Toi Rauwhārangi Massey College of Creative Arts, Anonymouz offers up his own experience through music in response to these times.

This work's digital and conceptual nature also marks a career pivot for Anonymouz into web3.0 creative applications, and will double as a timely exploration of exciting emerging new technologies like the blockchain, cryptocurrency and NFT (Non-Fungible-Tokens) that will also inform the work's final forms.

Insights into the projects development will be shared with audiences and fellow creatives alike through regular behind the scenes content and livestreams up until the premiere.,

 

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