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Emit Snake-Beings: Curriculum Vitae

Exhibitions and creative practice

Various screenings on Syndney Shorts/Triangle TV

Hamilton Underground Festival 2010:

Including live Trons gig with s imultaneous connection with Priorat arts council

Group film screening and live soundscape

Wintec Ramp Gallery: Collected works 1991-2009 edited by Karen Karnak November 2009

Upstage Festival 090909: Interactive web-based performance festival:

Aotearoa Digital Arts Symposium 2009. Karen Karnak at 6th ADA Symposium Wellington July 2009, Short presentation.

Hastings Art Gallery: Mind Games: an exhibition of Surrealism in Aotearoa, Death of an Orchestra Group screening April 2009

Wellington City Art Gallery: Window display of Death of an Orchestra looped for 24 hours per day for one week 2009

Radio Contrabanda (3Hrs radio broadcast of field recordings and soundscape work, with commentary in English and Spanish) Barcelona 08-08-2008. Part of the LOS DES-CONCIERTOS DE 25HOMBRES series.

Bouasia Poetry festival – Delta del Ebre -Catalunya 24th-27th July 2008 –Mobil audio installation

Retrospective Screening Catalunya, Spain. 18th-19th July 2008. 2 events– Teatre Flor De Maig, Gratallops, & La Vilella Baixa Priorat, Catalunya, Spain. With Arnolfini Collective [Cat] – 9 Films + Directors talk [in Spanish] + Live film Soundtrack with The Kaosphere Orchestra

Italian Film Festival Hamilton – Invited co-organiser for series of events to happen in Jan/Feb 2008 REF: Steven Chappell (07) 838 6562

Nimbin Film Festival 2008 Australia. Sunday 26 October 2008.
Death of an Orchestra Group screening

Winter Magic Festival Blue Mountains – Bowerbird Gallery, Katoomba, Australia 21st June 2008.
Alchemical Pilgrimage and Death of an Orchestra Group screening

OtherFilm Festival Brisbane November 2007 – Performance and super8 film show. REF: - part of the ‘monster soup’ section during tour with the Venting Gallery Melbourne

Venting Gallery – Australian Tour:  Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Blue Mountains Sydney. Film showings and combined expanded cinema projections working with Australian Improvised sound makers. November 2007 REF:

James Wallace Gallery Auckland 19th October 2007
Five films screened as part of James Robinson’s celebratory show (winner of the Wallace arts award 2007)

 ‘Sydney shorts’ (Australia- Cable access show TVS ch31) Aug 06 – repeated on triangle TV in Auckland NZ – June 07

Best Animation in The Bad Horse film festival Wanganui (Death of an orchestra) –2006

Hull Arts Lab Humberside- Selection of films in a solo showing June 2006

‘Night Vision’- Dunedin Fringe Festival film night 2006
ALTTV – sky digital Aug 07 (film-‘Plastic’)

New York Independent Film Festival (acting and co-writer): Martin and Snakes go to the Zoo:  2006

Titus Andronicus (W. Shakespeare) produced by Slip of the Tongue Theatre Company. Sound designer and operator: A sound installation using quadraphonic sound and live interactive sound 10 performances Meteor theatre. 2002.

Born in the ASU. Director of one of the 6 segments which made up the show. Audience were led through the space. Producer: Mark Servian. 2001

Scrap Book Theatre: childrens show. Various duties for the several shows: performer (clock-face), props, sound and lighting operator. Created by members of Free Lunch Ltd. Hamilton Flaming Fringe festival, Meteor Theatre. 2000-2002

Babble: Theatre showcase organized by Corso Hamilton Meteor Theatre 2000

VJ (Improv. Video mixing) at The Gathering, three day music festival involving several video mixing shows to live and recorded music. Preparation and filming of visuals 2000


 Participatory and collaborative projects and events :

The construction of Karen Karnak. Thirty nine participants were invited from the Hamilton underground film festival to collaborate via a WikiMedia website to create a collective body of work under the Karen Karnak multi-author name. May-August 2009.
Hamilton Underground Film Festival. [HUFF] Yearly event involving local, national  and international Filmmakers.  Activities include: organising venues and publicity, website and press release writing, liaison with filmmakers, selection of films and program design. Sept 06 / Sept 07 / December 08 / October 09

Kaosphere Orchestra – semi-improvised 13 piece sound orchestra providing live sound track and foley to the film ‘Alchemical Pilgrimage’ by E Snake-Beings. Activities included: devising a scripting system using numbered slides and instruction sheets to structure and synchronise the sound to image. Hamilton Fringe Festival, Meteor Theatre 2004. HCAC funding
Techno-Fest, Academy of Performing Art + Hamilton fringe festival, HCAC funding 2003 Elixir. Dunedin Fringe Festival, Arc venue. 2002. Travel funding from Dunedin Fringe.
Hamilton Fringe Festival, Meteor Theatre 2002 HCAC funding

Industrial Ballet. Devised theatre involving members from Corso and Free lunch street theatre company. Three shows at Wellington International Fringe Festival, venue: Capital E. Performer and co-organiser/ sound designer. Won award for best costumes. Funding through Prince Geoffie the 1st arts council. 2001


Work experience:

Convener and lecturer Waikato University – Small scale studio production SMST210-10S. duties: planning lectures, course outline and assignments.
Teaching Fellow Waikato University – 4 semesters in 2009/2010 Summer school (small scale studio production) + ‘A’ Semester (assorted production papers) REF- Bevin Yeatman, Lisa Perrott

Part-time tutor Waikato University Three semesters in 2007/08:  Video production one (both semesters audio tutor) and Video production Two (production tutor). REF- Maree Mills + Lisa Perrott

Website designer. Incl. administration of Educational Experience Ltd web presence. NZ wide toyshop collective. (
2001 – 2007 continuing-REF: Pat McNair ph: (07) 854 9969

Performer. Free Lunch Street Theatre Ltd: Variety of acts for community/council/corporate events. Acts include: Swamp Stomp, Waste Mis-Management, The Aunt Fannies and stilt walking workshops. 2000 – 2006. REF: Pip Six

Hamilton Community Arts Councilor. Set up and design of Hamilton Community Arts Council website as part of the duties as an elected Arts Councilor ( 2001-2004 Ref: Tracy Wood, Arts Manager. 07 838 -6424.

Marketing assistant. Free lunch Street Theatre Company. Activities included website design and production of promotional videos.  Hamilton ( 2000 – 2004


Work with community groups:

Volunteer broadcaster for Hamilton Community Radio. April 2006 - 2008

Riff Raff Public Arts Trust board member – Activities: Richard O’Brian statue in Victoria street Hamilton. Trust member. Ref; Mark Servian  2003-2006

Hamilton Community Arts Councilor. Elected for 2x two years terms. Duties: setting up of website, design of several posters + attending monthly policy/funding meetings. 2001-2004

Volunteer at Hamilton community permaculture gardens 2000


Funding and awards:

University of Waikato Doctoral Thesis scholarship 2011.

Creative New Zealand:
Various funding through the creative communities funding between 2001 and 2009. Hamilton Community Arts Council.

University of Waikato Masters Thesis scholarship 2009.

Sir Edmund Hilary scholarship, Waikato University.  Full scholarship between 2007 and 2009

New York Independent Film Festival (acting): Martin and Snakes go to the Zoo:  accepted and shown at the New York Independent Film Festival. Directed by Michelle Savill- co-writers Emit Snake-Beings / Martin Webclaw / Michelle Savill 2006

Prince Geoffie the 1st arts council: Various funding for development of Garden Place street performances, Hamilton. Ref: Graham Cairns 07 825 9933. 2000 – 2004.

Dunedin Fringe Festival. Travel funding for Elixir;film showing with live soundtrack. .2002

Film (directing and acting):  Pylon Pirates.  Best acting + overall film, Waikato University 5 minute film competition. 2005

Trash to Treasure recycled art competition. Joint 1st prize with Marti Wong. Electrical Shrine sculpture. Hamilton 2002

Waste to Art competition winner. Waiheki Island. $750 prize. Electrical Shrine sculpture June 1999



Petroleum Relics – 2009/2010 45:00 min (part of a super 8mm feature film)
The Remote Viewers – 2008 edit 13:39min
Alchemical Pilgrimage – Diode Divinities edit 2008 9:39min
Technology and the Occult 2007 {Remote viewers part three}
Seven short films for the Hamilton Underground Film Festival 2007
Martin and Snakes go to the Zoo (co-writer) 2006
The Death of an Orchestra - 2006
Several short films for the Hamilton Underground Film Festival 2006
The Remote Viewers part one -2005
Pylon Pirates - 2005
Kill for your Government Kill - 2005
Alchemical Pilgrimage – Filmed 2002
Cholera Clocks (with Steve Rife USA   - 1995
The Shrine - 1993

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