Aotearoa Audio Arts—intersecting sound, space and motion

A new festival of experimental performances, live electronic music, audio-visual works and sound installations has been announced by the New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōki.

Nicolas Bernier
Nicolas Bernier—photo credit: Caroline Campeau

The three-day event—Aotearoa Audio Arts—is the first New Zealand festival of its kind, offering audiences a glimpse into the ground-breaking contemporary music, sound and media at the forefront of international arts scenes.

NZSM Associate Professor of Sonic Arts and Composition Dugal McKinnon says the festival will mix performances with gallery installations and explore the intersection of sound, space and motion. “Aotearoa Audio Arts has been curated to foster excellence and diversity and to stimulate new modes of connection between artists and audiences,” he says.

The festival features award-winning international artists Nicolas Bernier (Canada), Richard Chartier (United States), Myriam Bleau (Canada) and Anne La Berge (United States/ Netherlands), performing alongside acclaimed New Zealand artists such as Rob Thorne (Ngāti Tumutumu), Bridget Johnson, Blake Johnson, Flo Wilson, Mo Zareei and Jim Murphy.

Nicolas Bernier, a Canadian audiovisual artist and former winner of the world’s most prestigious award in new media/digital arts—Prix Ars Electronica’s Golden Nica, brings his winning work which uses mechanical and kinetic apparatuses, in combination with digital technology, to create a conceptually and aesthetically arresting installation.

Los Angeles-based artist Richard Chartier is a pioneer of an innovative approach to electronic music called "microsound", and founder of LINE, one of the most influential record labels in independent electronic music. His works explore the inter-relationships between the spatial nature of sound, silence, focus, perception, and the act of listening itself.

Aotearoa Audio Arts will highlight international and New Zealand artists working at the cutting edge of multidisciplinary genres and media: from kinetic, mechanical, and robotic art, to glitch, noise, experimental acoustic and electronic music, presenting physical, digital, and audiovisual works of sound art.

For further details and the full programme visit:

Aotearoa Audio Arts

27-29 September, Wellington

City Gallery Wellington | Potocki Paterson Gallery

Tickets on sale at

For more information contact Associate Professor Dugal McKinnon on 04-463 6448 or