Jacquie Clarke

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My name is Jacquie Clarke and I am the founding editor and later producer of www.thebigidea.co.nz the largest creative sector website in New Zealand. I have taught visual theory and art history at both the Auckland University of Technology and the University of Auckland. I am currently researching my PhD in Ecological Aesthetics across the schools of Architecture and Art History.

I am interested in simultopias or multi-use spaces that reference complex layers including the cosmological, the indigenous, the economic, the social, the productive, the network, the computational, the recreational, the abstract, the aesthetic: and how you realise that cultural biodiverse approach within real spaces. I am particularly interested in water and aesthetics and am influenced by architect Brian McGrath's writing on liquidity and transurbanism and how he interprets Bangkok as an urbanised contemporary waterway. I am also very inspired by the work of Lars Spuybroek of Nox Architecture in Holland and his buildings that reference water through both tensile design and social ecology. I am interested in the notion and practice of transdisciplinarity and social ecology modelling to produce creative outcomes. I believe Stuart Kauffman when he says, "the universe is ceaselessly creative".

Water inspires me both professionally and personally. I live on the edge of a beautiful estuary on the Manukau Harbour in the Waitakere Ranges of Auckland, New Zealand. Little Muddy Creek is a large mudflat that fills and empties twice a day. The landscape is in constant flux and change and is highly experiential to move through. It never looks the same two days in a row. It has a rocky beach foreshore and large overhanging Pohutukawa trees, smooth and beautiful fossilised rock formations, large rock oyster shelfs and shifting channels through the mud. It is also the site of a famous Maori battle and so the site is tapu or sacred.