Joe Citizen is a practice-led arts researcher and a Senior Academic Staff Member in the School of Media Arts. As a researcher, Joe says, “I’m interested in identifying, testing and describing practical methodologies that enable collaborative multi-domain projects across Centres, in order to build capacity across Wintec and to engage with regional stakeholders.”
His work is usually collaborative and participatory, increasingly adopting a kaupapa Māori methodology. A current major work, He waka eke noa (The Matariki Waka project), seeks to explore such approaches for multidisciplinary practice across Wintec centres – Trades, Early Childhood Education, and IT – in partnership with Wintec’s Māori Achievement Office. Through this project Joe and his collaborators, who also include Industry partners Longveld (engineering) and ACLX (lighting hire), will build an interactive participatory art installation at Hamilton’s Ferrybank Park. The work will constitute the practice component of Joe’s PhD study and be accompanied by a thesis, tentatively entitled Speculating on art and reality at the Ferrybank.
Other highlights of Joe’s research career are: He whare kōrero, he māramatanga – a 6m long interactive walk-in installation that used pressure pads to trigger sound and lighting changes on life-sized painted sculptures, for which he was artist/producer (2015); and Towards a conceptual framework for touchscreen 360° video on small mobile screens: Praxis in action, published in the journal Creative Technologies (3) (2015).
In the past, Joe has taken part in Wintec’s Spark International Festival of the Arts, contributing a major interactive work, The Waikato Matrix, to this festival in 2016, as well as exhibiting in 2012.