By U.S. Consulate Auckland Public Affairs staff.
In collaboration with the Tauranga Art Gallery, Brian Knep, creator of the interactive art piece Healing Pools and Academy Award winner, visited New Zealand to showcase his artistic creation. The first artist-in-residence at Harvard Medical School, Knep is a world-leader in combining STEM and art – his exhibition is currently on show at the Tauranga Arts Gallery as a part of their ‘Art Loves you’ exhibit.
On the first day, Brian visited the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) where he met with students of the Collab: Creative Technologies program who were invited to share their work. Knep gave an insightful presentation, followed by one-on-one sessions with the students.
The next day, design school Yoobee hosted Brian at their Auckland campus. He shared his award-winning experience working on films like Jurassic Park and Mission Impossible, and the opportunities to use technology and innovation in creative ways. The students and staff were thrilled to have Brian join and have him work alongside them on upcoming projects.
Then it was off to the Waikato where Brian gave a public talk at the University of Waikato, hosted by the Department of Computer Science. Drawing on his Academy Award winning technical tool development for films, Knep discussed his work combining cutting-edge technology and art, particularly in creating interactive experiences.
Taking his STEM skills on the road, Knep paid a visit to the Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology in Tauranga. Meeting with students and faculty, Brian discussed some of the highlights from his fascinating career, and spent quality time with the students discussing their work and career ambitions – including some additional participants via video conference from Toi-Ohomai’s Rotorua campus.
Then it was off to the big launch. ‘Art Loves You’ launched at the Tauranga Art Gallery, featuring Brian’s headline interactive video installation ‘Healing Pools’.
Over the course of the week, Brian traveled around the North Island, meeting and workshopping with art and technology students. His exhibition combines art, technology, digital projectors and custom-created algorithms, and highlights the amazing creative expression possible when combing STEM and creative works. U.S. diplomat Natalie Wilkins was able to join Brian for the launch of his installation piece, and the end of a successful week discussing innovation in design and science.