New Zealand Body Art Awards Show 2011
01/10/2011 - 01/10/2011
The Māori heritage and art theme for 2011 is Aotearoa – Land of the Long White Cloud, chosen because of its colourful, inspiring imagery and culture and to support the REAL New Zealand Festival.
LIST OF WINNERS BELOW (amended):
Auckland Council Supreme Award
Magdalena O’Connor (World of Fluorescent Illusion)
Oyster Entertainment Supreme Performance Awards
Youthtown Youth Award
Melina Pruden (Special Effects Creatures)
Cutabove Academy Best Emerging Artist
Sofia Bue Pedersen (Hand Painted Novice)
ASB Community Trust Academy Award
Kate Donaldson (Special Effects Creatures)
Youthtown Hand Painted Novice
Sofia Bue Pedersen
Youthtown Hand Painting Emerging
Snazaroo Hand Painted Professional
TopMark SPFX Creatures
Weta Workshop SPFX Fantasy
Te Puni Kokiri Masquerade
Thin Lizzy World of Fluorescent Illusion
Weta Workshop Open Category
Bebe Bourke Audience participation prize
“Maori Girl and the Taniwha”
Spectacular body art entertains well
Review by Raewyn Whyte 02nd Oct 2011
The "art" in the NZ Body Art Awards is an extraordinary mix of craft and design, involving makeup, body paint, embedded and attached objects, masks and body pieces, prosthetics and body extensions, all applied to a living human body. Body art practitioners work mostly in the film, television and advertising industries, and their work is subject to very demanding standards.
The models have a challenging job — how to best present the design while standing on a plinth, lying against a huge rock pile, and parading across the stage. It takes a certain attitude and awareness to do this effectively, and it’s easy to pick the dancers and drag queens from those who have hardly ever set foot on a stage in public performance. You also need to have a certain amount of sympathy for models whose entire skins are covered in competing kiwiana — which aspect do you choose to embody best? Or if you are masquerading as a gnarled pohutukawa covered in branches wreathed in flowers, (designer Kelly Zhong-Ni-Ren) the costume pretty much decrees arms raised and walk with a stately pace. But for those in the Creatures category, such as this year’s award winners the scaled-up green and yellow Gecko, (designer Melina Pruden) and the fluorescent orange and yellow Humanoid Weta with barbed leg extensions (winning the Supreme Award for designer Magdalena O’Connor), the requirement is very clear – inhabit the costume as if you are the real creature on which it is modeled. These last two models were clear audience favourites, and were consummate performers. It would be great to be able to give them credit, but there was no printed programme and no acknowledgement of the models’ names.
(Names of the Award Winners are available on the production page, click on the title above).
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