[ISEA2023] Paper: Rewa Wright & Simon Howden — Nga manawataki o te koiora: biological rhythms and decolonial thought


Short Paper. Theme Other Cosmologies Subtheme Symbiotic Imaginaries

Western science, in fields such as computational ecology, has grown to accept the truths that Indigenous culture have long know: that computational ecology accepts that ecological models are too complex to be summarised in computational form. Since this complexity evades the codification of mere indexing, how then, should we work with computational companions ( code, algorithms, programs, platforms). What new ways of intra-acting can we develop alongside computational frameworks, which bring us one more step closer to sentient machines? Most importantly, how can ethical ways of thinking and doing motivate transformations in the computational space, in areas such as machine learning where extreme problems of bias are now embedded?

  • Dr Rewa Wright (Aotearoa/New Zealand) is a media arts and computational design researcher with a collaborative and transdisciplinary practice, encompassing exhibition, performance, publication, presentation, and community engagement. Working with various modes of analogue and digital art since 1998, Rewa has over 20 years of experience in various aspects of motion-based and sonic media, including live performance, music, digital design, and virtual image creation. As an intra-active media designer, experimental media artist and inverse technologist, research is both traditional and practice-based. Rewa’s projects weave together emerging technologies, Indigenous justice, clean blockchains and digital healthcare. An ecologically conscious researcher, she commits to ensuring her techniques and methods are sustainable, create positive social impact in both local and global communities, and respect Indigenous knowledge systems. https://rewawright.com
  • Simon Howden (NZ) is a conceptual artist, sound designer, and a Billboard music producer. He holds an MFA (Intermedia/Sculpture) from Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, and completed his BFA in Film at Ilam School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. [Source: digitalartarchive.siggraph.org]