• Aj Fata
  • Kahurangiariki Smith
  • Tyrone Te Waa

What does a taniwha feed on? What does a taniwha listen to down the Waikato awa? What dance moves does a taniwha have? And what if that taniwha swallowed The Physics Room?

These are some of the pātai underpinning this project, initiated by Aj Fata, alongside Kahurangiariki Smith and Tyrone Te Waa. Working across audio and installation (Fata), soft sculpture and wall-based textile (Te Waa), neon, video game and moving image (Smith), these three artists inhabit the gallery as a space of transformation: where states can shift, collective energy and intimacy can build, and difficulty can be processed.

“The puku, where sinking intuition creeps from the inside out. An embodiment of our conscience. It is a place of constant movement and sound. A dance between mauri and waste”, writes Aj Fata. Influenced by club culture, dance music and other forms of popular media, and grounded in mātauranga Māori, Fata, Smith and Te Waa’s practices propose a present and future where shapeshifting and fluidity of identities are an expected and accepted part of life, and where the puku is at the centre of our being, physically, spiritually, and psychologically.

Read more about the artists here.

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday - Friday, 11am - 5pm
  • Saturday - Sunday, 11am - 4pm


  • 301 Montreal Street
  • The Arts Centre Registry Additions Building (access from The Arts Centre Market Square)
  • Ōtautahi, Christchurch, 8013