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Virtual Reality Event at Te Kōputu in Whakatāne

Virtual Reality Demonstration and Artist Talk

Warren Armstrong and Susannah Langley

Saturday 4 May
From 10:30am

Little Orchard Room
Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi - Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre

Art and technology will be combined in a special community presentation by media artists Susannah Langley and Warren Armstrong at Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi – Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre - on Saturday 4 May, from 10:30am.

Langley and Armstrong have come to the district from Australia, as part of the Whakatāne District Council’s Volcanic Artist Residency Pilot Programme. The pair work together on projects that mix immersive field recording, audio documentation, drawing, “touch” technology and virtual reality. The Volcanic Artist Residency brings Langley and Armstrong – and a future audience – into close quarters with New Zealand's only active offshore volcano Whakaari (White Island), and the sights and sounds of our landscape and wildlife.

On Saturday, they will be leading a virtual reality demonstration and artist talk. Langley and Armstrong will talk about their creative practice and will offer attendees the chance to witness various tools of the trade in action - including a VR head-set, 3D scanner and 360° microphone.

“We’re really excited that such professional, high-tech creatives will share their knowledge with our young people and wider community,” says Lifelong Learning Technologist William Main. “We hope it will inspire any budding artists to explore new ways of presenting their ideas through new technologies.”

The Saturday session is free to attend; no bookings are required. Families are welcome, but please note that the session may not suitable for children under six years old. For further information, contact the Te Kōputu team on (07) 306 0509, or email

With thanks to: White Island Tours (Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Limited), Arts Whakatāne, Antipodes Water Company, Whakatāne District Council, and Whakatāne Kiwi Trust.


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