Creative Impact Lab Ōtepoti Dunedin | Leonardo/ISASTwith Arizona State University

Creative Impact Lab Ōtepoti Dunedin

Photo credit: Shanaya Cunningham



In this hybrid in-person and virtual exchange, U.S./Kānaka Maoli lead artist Tiare Ribeauxl facilitated a workshop series introducing creative practices in emerging media that give access to new forms of expression. Participants learned rapid prototyping techniques for human-centered interactive media design as they explored climate change in Aotearoa New Zealand using an indigenous framework and methodologies. They applied ethical design and technology principles to the practice of storytelling through digital and physical media. The Lab is an amalgamation of collective research, experiential learning, and co-design with a focus on local communities to create impactful pieces of media & interactive art.

Leonardo Creative Impact Labs

Creative Impact Labs are international exchanges that utilize innovative, community-driven, technology-powered art projects to address social and environmental challenges. The labs encourage mutual understanding and cross-border collaboration between creative communities around the globe.

Creative Impact Labs are produced by Leonardo with support from U.S. embassies abroad. Each Lab is led by a U.S.-based artist and co-produced with a local cultural organization in the overseas exchange location.

During the exchange, a selected U.S. lead artist facilitates a workshop series introducing creative practices in emerging media that give access to new forms of expression. Local participants then apply the skills they've learned in the creation of project prototypes that address the chosen social or environmental challenge. They present these prototypes at a culminating exhibition and panel review, where they receive feedback on their projects from interdisciplinary experts.

The Leonardo Creative Impact Labs are a continuation and evolution of our strategic partner ZERO1’s International Exchange program, an innovative model for cultural exchange at the intersection of art, science, and technology.


Lead Artist: Tiare Ribeaux

Tiare Ribeaux is a Kānaka Maoli filmmaker and artist based between the Bay Area and Honolulu. Her artwork and films disrupt conventional storytelling methods by employing magical realist explorations of spirituality, labor, and the environment to critique both social and ecological imbalances. Ribeaux’s work traverses between the mundane and dreamworlds - creating stories around transformation and how our bodies are inextricably linked to land and water systems. Her films use visual narrative and components of speculative fiction and fantasy to reimagine both our present realities and future trajectories of healing, lineage, place and belonging. She integrates immersion within community, ancestral/personal narratives, and Hawaiian cosmology into her films. She has shown work both nationally and internationally, and has won numerous grants and awards for her artistic leadership including the Sundance Native Lab Fellowship, Indigenous Film Fund, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation, and the NEA, among others.








HOST PARTNER: Tūhura Otago Museum

Tūhura Otago Museum shares the natural, cultural and scientific stories of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand and the world.

The Museum has been collecting objects for over 150 years, although many of the items in our collection are far older. Our collection includes over 1.5 million objects, which come from around the globe. We use these objects to tell our visitors more about the world – from here in Dunedin to deep space, from millions of years ago to envelope-pushing research – through galleries, exhibitions, displays, tours and talks.


SPONSOR: US Embassy New Zealand

The U.S. Embassy in New Zealand strives to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and New Zealand. This mission, implemented by U.S. embassies around the world, is overseen within the Department of State by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).