Intertwining tī kōuka with Louie Zalk-Neall
Experimental Rope Making Workshops
Ahead of their new performance Ngā Manuhiri Taura (The Visiting Ropes), artist Louie Zalk-Neall facilitied two public ropemaking workshops. During the workshops, Zalk-Neale taught students how to make miro (twined string) from tī kōuka fibre.
They introduced some of their taonga made using this technique and helped to guide participants’ own experimentation. Participants also learnt about the tikanga involved in harvesting and working with this material.
Following the rope making workshops, artist Louie Zalk-Neale held a performance Ngā Manuhiri Taura at Ōnukutaipari, Back Beach, as part of the Govett-Brewster's Public Relations: A performance series. The artist opened a shared space in the koru of time for a ritualistic performance that built on their explorations of what takatāpuitanga means.