Urbanlife 3 November 2012 - 2 December 2012 Auckland War Memorial Museum Urbanlife was a chance to hear Auckland youth express their vision for the city's future. S ix groups of rangatahi (15-24yrs) from across the city ackled the big issues: employment, housing, culture, education, economic well-being and environment. Working with artist mentors and drawing inspiration from Auckland Museum's collections the groups created responses through screen-printing, soundscapes, spoken word poetry, photography, devised theatre and Graff art. The young people's creative responses activate our galleries, while short films screen about each groups work and their exploration of the issues facing urban life in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland. Navigating spaces youth talk culture: Four spoken word performances Polynesian youth used spoken-word poetry to navigate their way through Auckland's urban culture. With mentor Grace Taylor of South Auckland Poet's Collective they drew inspiration from Auckland Museum's collection of tapa and masi patterns, as well as sketches of Tongan life and migration in the 1950's. Exhibition Themes Te korowai - talk education The Museum's pictorial collection and recent exhibition of wildlife photography were the basis for the young Māori men in the Te Korowai programme to explore what education means for those who have slipped through the gaps. Working with Te Rawhitiroa Bosch they used photography to document their journey to a stronger future. Youthline Central - talk employment Youthline Advisory Group takes the versatile t-shirt as a means to express their thoughts on finding work. Using the Museum's photograph collection, archive of old Weekly News magazines, and the recent Identi-Tee exhibition they teamed up with artist and screen-printer Siliga David Setoga of Popohardwear to put their ideas on t-shirts. Ngāti Whātua- telk environment Ngāti Whātua rangatahi joined with Aotearoa hip-hop pioneer DLT (Darryl Thomson) to explore what the environment means to them as tangata whenua and kaitiaki of the region. Their graff-style mural draws inspiration from their native plant restoration work, Museum collection photos of the Bastion Point occupation, as well as 18th century botanical images in Banks Florilegium. IamGI - talk housing The sounds of the Museums lali drum and the taonga pūoro collection, as well as photographs of GI (Glen Innes) from the 1970s, have inspiration to IamGI to address the issue of housing from a youth perspective. With guidance from Samoan hip hop producer Anonymouz (from the Hypnotics) they recorded interviews and sounds from their community to create beats, stories and rhymes that form a soundscape response to the controversial Glen Innes housing relocations. Navigating spaces - talk culture Polynesian youth used spoken-word poetry to navigate their way through Auckland's urban culture. With mentor Grace Taylor of South Auckland Poets Collective they drew inspiration from the Museum's collection of tapa and masi patterns, as well as sketches of Tongan life and migration in the 1950s. Massive ensembles' - talk economic well-being The Museum's galleries, manuscripts and the work of early feminist photographers were the source material for Massive Companys' Central and South Ensembles exploration of what economic well-being means. Working with Massive Companys' tutors and artistic director Sam Scott, they used devised theatre techniques to activate the collections and create performances featuring both human and non-human characters.