Wednesday February 21, 2018
Performance Arcade kicking off at Wellington’s waterfront Wellington’s waterfront will turn into a large platform for live art aimed at creating new relationships and memorable shared experiences to build innovative cultures within local communities. This year’s Performance Arcade will showcase cutting-edge new art practices and innovative live performance in what promises to be its most exciting incarnation to date. “It’s an outstanding event that examines new ideas, alternative visions, and counter narratives for life in 2018,” Sam Trubridge, artistic director and founder of the Performance Arcade, says. “Sensory experiences will tickle the imagination in this celebration of live arts and culture.” The distinctive double storey arrangement of shipping containers returns this year with live
music and new installations by local and international artists in a specially curated programme. Singaporean performance artist Lynn Lu will perform a new work specially for Wellington waterfront with support from Asia NZ Foundation. Lu is internationally recognised for creating intimate and powerful performance pieces with the use of visceral materials and her own body. The programme will also present WOW2017 award-winning costumier and latex artist extraordinaire Adam McAlavey in two works informed partly by his experience of asthma that rely on his own inhalation and exhalation of breath to vacuum-seal garments around his own body. An augmented reality experience will be brought to the Arcade by Wellington artist
Suzanne Tamaki working with Plan Beta. Using im mersive media techniques they will clad the shipping containers and scaffolding with traditional Maori architecture and artefacts that can be viewed on smartphones. Running over two weekends and located on Wellington waterfront, the Performance Arcade is an accessible and free event for all. The 2018 Arcade will invite the Wellington public to experience a fusion of technology and performance art, to discover intimate performance pieces, and encounter the unfolding of sonic and visual landscapes in interactive spaces. See theperformancearcade. com for more information on each artist. The Performance Arcade will run from February 23-March 4.
Wellington artist Suzanne Tamaki is working with augmented reality for her art installation. PHOTO: Wellington Suburban Newspapers file
Technological breakthrough for predicting landslides New technology from a student-led research project at Victoria University of Wellington looks set to revolutionise the way geotechnical engineers monitor and predict landslides, potentially helping to save lives. Engineering and computer science student Jonathan Olds was looking for a research project for his Master’s so his supervisor, professor of network engineering Winston Seah, suggested developing and testing an automated solution for the long-term monitoring of landslides. The result of that research is AccuMM, which Jonathan validated with a pilot installation in Taiwan. “The holy grail of managing landslide risk is prediction,” says Nick Willis from Victoria’s University of Wellington’s commercialisation office says. Nick is working with the researchers to bring the product to market. “But predictions can only be made if movement – or, more importantly, the acceleration of land mass – can be measured
Nick Willis with the new landslide monitoring device AccuMM. PHOTO: Supplied
right down to the number of millimetres per day, over a long period of time.” He says the traditional method of measurement involves sending a surveyor or engineer out into the field each day to measure land movement with theodolites – a manual, costly process. Even the higher tech options involving robots or drones are costly or have their drawbacks. AccuMM uses low-cost solar or battery-powered wireless GPS sensors together with a unique, cloud-based algorithm to calculate the location of each sensor, relative to a fixed-base station. This enables daily measurements to be taken at multiple points on a landslide without the need for site visits, with no line-of-sight or cabling requirements, and no need for intervention at the site for five or more years. Following the pilot in Taiwan, the technology is now being trialled closer to home in areas where landslides have occurred, including monitoring the transport corridors in Wellington.
“Approximately 66 million people – one percent of the world’s population – are currently in high-risk landslide areas,” Nick explains. “Add to that events such as global warming, changing rainfall patterns and aging infrastructure and it’s not hard to see the increasing need for this kind of technology.” Winston adds: “By exploiting the similarity
in wireless channel conditions between sensors placed in close proximity, we are able to achieve a high degree of accuracy compared with much higher cost systems. “We can power the wireless network by energy harvesting, which means our system can operate for long duration to meet the monitoring needs of geotechnical engineers.”
Independent Herald 21-02-18