NMIT to close off with whole lot of Hooplah

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology students preparing for some Hooplah.
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology students preparing for some Hooplah.

Creative Industries at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology is ending 2012 with a whole lot of Hooplah.

Urban Dictionary defines 'Hooplah' as "commotion, disturbance, hype, excited talk or gossip", and that's what NMIT is going for.

Creative Industries programme area leader David James said the inaugural event was "like an arts festival for all of the different programmes that we have at NMIT".

The event coincides with the Bachelor of Arts and Media (BAM) graduate show, and involves students from all levels.

Mr James said Hooplah was about giving students from all Creative Industries programmes, from contemporary music to design and writing for creative industries, a chance to showcase their talents.

Works by more than 150 students would take over the Arts and Media building, with the BAM exhibition in the G-Space Gallery and on the second floor and the rest of the works on level three.

Mr James said there would also be performances by contemporary music students held over two nights.

"The whole building is being used to show work. It's a first for us and it's pretty exciting, because it engages the students in the selection and presentation of work. We really want to foster that culture of showing, critique and public presentation," he said.

Aimee Herd, a first year Bachelor of Arts and Media student, said she was thinking about showing a stop-motion presentation of a cartoon she had done.

She said the Hooplah concept followed on nicely from "Like Week" in August, where 100 pieces of artwork were displayed throughout the building, including paintings, sculptures, and video and digital installations.

Visitors were given three stickers to place next to works they enjoyed - in reference to Facebook's 'Like' button.

"That was really good, because it gave you a good idea of what people liked," she said.

Rachel Rowntree, who is doing a Certificate in Arts and Media, said she was thinking about presenting a video made from sound and moving images.

"I think it's a really cool opportunity for everybody to put their work out there," she said.

Hooplah starts with music performances in G104 at NMIT at 7.30pm on November 21 and 22. The BAM graduate show runs from November 24 to 27.

Works by other art, design and media students will also be on show from November 24 to 27.

There are also artist and designer floor talks at 2pm on November 24 and November 26, and writer readings at 2pm on November 25.

The Nelson Mail