Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Pākehā
Rachel Shearer works with sound through a range of sonic practices—installations, composing, recording, writing, as well as collaborating as a sound designer/composer for moving image and live performance events. Shearer’s work explores practices related to listening to the whenua through Māori and Western conceptual and technological frameworks.
Te Ara i Whiti
Rachel Shearer is bringing her soundscape Te Oro o Te Ao II to Te Ara i Whiti 2022. Te Oro o Te Ao is made in response to a close listening to the whenua. Whakapapa is the model for understanding interconnected and interdependent systems, as is ecology. Analogues of structure, pattern and vibration are translated into sonic compositions. The sound sequences of Te Oro o te Ao are recitation, incantation, and affirmation of solidarity with an interconnected universe.