What are you looking at? is a moving image and photographic installation which references the narrative of Tamaahua and his chase across country from Tuhua (Mayor Island) to the Arahura River in search for Waitaiki and Poutini. The narrative is an oral map of important geological deposits, highlighting significant sites for numerous hapū and iwi.
The two-channel moving image works portray a camera obscura tent, reminiscent of late 1800s surveyors tents and simulating the three-legged taipō, a surveying tool Māori referred to as a goblin. The opposing channel shows the inverted tent scenes.
The photographs are constructed from the upside down tent imagery, disrupting the scenic tableau in which they are situated. The coloured prints critique the romantic landscape ideology influential in the development of the New Zealand Conservation Estate.