Ian M Clothier is an artist, curator, Director of Creative Research at Intercreate Research Centre (intercreate.org); a part time Senior Academic at Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki Aotearoa New Zealand; founding Director of Water, Peace, Power 2016 and 2018 at Parihaka Pa; co-founding Director of SCANZ (Solar Circuit Aotearoa New Zealand 2006-2018) with Trudy Lane, Adam Hyde and Nina Czegledy.
The non-binary artist, curator and Director is an eighth-generation descendant of the culture of Hitiaurevareva, commonly called Pitcairn Island and now referred to as Pitkern-Norf’k culture. Their DNA traces through Te Wai Pounamu (South Island, Aotearoa New Zealand), Norfolk Island, Pitcairn Island, Tahiti to Lapita culture; while other lines trace back through the Isle of Man, England, the Shetland Islands and Nordic countries.
They have presented one hundred and seven exhibitions in fifteen countries (including six ISEA exhibitions), and have twenty-seven publication credits. Many curatorial projects involved working closely with Te Matahiapo Indigenous Research Organisation leading to an emphasis on water and engaging indigenous in national and international projects. Areas of interest include art, data and the environment; engaging indigenous; interdisciplinarity; nonlinearity; quantum cosmology, cultural hybridity and moving image sound art. They currently are a PhD candidate at Auckland University of Technology with a Vice Chancellor Scholarship.