In these two presentations, Vicki Smith and Ted Whittaker of Aotearoa Digital Arts Network (ADA) discuss how they have been cultivating connections through their organisation.
Aotearoa Digital Arts (ADA) is a network researching the expanded field around media, new media, electronic and digital art. The ADA Network enables communication between artists, curators, teachers, critics, theorists, writers and the interested public. ADA develops public understanding of digital art through its online forum, through publications and exhibitions, and by touring speakers, holding master classes and symposia. ADA is a national organisation advancing education, enabling discussion, collaboration and mentoring, and passing on learning and expertise. ADA contributes towards the development of digital art, in all its manifestations, across Aotearoa New Zealand.
Ted Whitaker (Secretary, Treasurer) is an artist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. He graduated from the Dunedin School of Art (MFA) in 2016. Recent exhibitions include Oceans Turn to Goo, Toi Pōneke, 2020; Running in the Background, Te Tuhi, 2019; and Small Vision Playback, I: project space, Beijing, 2018. Ted has been an artist in residence at I: project space, Beijing and Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin.
Vicki Smith (Interim Chair ADA) makes artworks that navigate the permeability between visual and virtual, weaving science, the environment and traditional practices into individual work and collaborations. She develops and produces projects that enhance and support collaborative communities of practice, engaging in creative ways to encourage care and protection for our environment.