About the artists
Jeff Nusz is an interactive artist based in Auckland. His installations and online pieces attempt to offer new perspectives on complex and invisible phenomenon through playful interaction. Nusz enjoys collaborations as a way of exploring the creative processes of other artists and discovering places neither could reach alone. He co-founded Screens, an online gallery for interactive art, which among other work, featured his collaborations with John Ward Knox, Seung Yul Oh and Jae Hoon Lee. As creative lead of the Google Data Arts Team in San Francisco (2014-2017), he created interactive works with international artists for a global audience. He has recently exhibited digital arts works at Te Tuhi, Artspace, A4 Gallery, The Physics Room, and on the Auckland Live Digital Stage.
As a creative technologist, Nusz has created award-winning interactive experiences for international brands including Sony, Samsung, PWC, Google and Tourism NZ.
Grammy Award-winning featured soloist and Māori musical instrument specialist Jerome Kavanagh (Poutama) hails from the Mokai Patea, Maniapoto, Kahungunu tribes, and the Caomhanach clan in Ireland. He was first introduced to the sound of taonga pūoro at age 16 by one of his aunties. A family owned koauau (Māori cross-blown flute) was the first instrument he recalls learning to play. His work focuses on sharing with the next generations in schools and he is part of a movement introducing Māori music, art and culture to the world. Over his career he has performed/recorded with artists from a variety of different genres ranging from hip hop to classical. His collaborations include Small Island Big Song, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (U.K), Moana and the Tribe (N.Z) Daniel Beddingfield, Hayley Westenra, Joler Gaan (Bangladesh), Kevin Mark Trail "The Streets" (U.K) and two times Grammy Award-winning composer Christopher Tin (U.S.A).
Sam Peacocke won attention for his work on a slate of distinctive music videos, for everyone from King Kapisi (Lollipop) to The Mint Chicks (Vodafone Award-winner Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!) Peacocke's dramatic debut — the short film Manurewa — reimagines events surrounding a high-profile 2008 liquor store shooting. At the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, it won the Crystal Bear for best short film in its section. Peacocke has also won awards for several commercials, and for 2012's Beautiful Machine, a feature-length documentary on Kiwi rock band Shihad.
Sam is a co-founder and cinematographer for Ariel Moving Camera, a drone filming company that has worked with Disney, Netflix, Warner Brothers, BBC, and Amazon Studios.