Te Huri Wai

Rachel Shearer and Cathy Livermore

7 October 2021

Speaker installation 7-Channel Sound Installation, 25′. Mâori With the contribution of Diego Flórez

Te Huri Wai refers to the cycle of weather and the presence of winds and water embodied in an ancient story from southern Aotearoa (New Zealand). The artwork takes its narrative from the oral account of Teone Taare Tikao, a tohunga (knowledgeable expert) from the lands of the Waitaha people, and is brought to life through the breath of Cathy Livermore, a Waitaha descendant. In the Maori world, personifications represent the ‘natural’ world as ancestors or extended family members. The narrative of the play presents the female forces of the powerful Hine-pu- nui-o-toka, the south-west wind, and her five daughters: Hine-aroraki who presides over the flight of the birds; Hine-aroaro-pari who oversees the echoes on the cliffs by the sea; Hine-hauone who rules the sands at the meeting of ocean and land; hine-roroki, the north wind; and Hine-rotia, the west wind. The speakers are oriented in relation to the assigned direction of each wind. Another source of sound takes the place of water. These meteorological ‘forces’ announce themselves for us to hear and hear their presence. With a soundscape by Makis Faros created especially for the work as a gesture of cultural exchange. Faros’ contribution refers to the Greek mountainous countryside and its particular sounds. Different elements come together without overlapping and imitate the poetic function of memory.