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I’m keeping my fingers crossed for clear skies this weekend. As darkness falls, there’s going to be an absolutely spectacular and very close approach between Venus and Jupiter in the western sky. If the weather gods cooperate, this should provide an inspirational sunset sight for stargazers across Otago
Otago Museum’s Hākui: Women of Kāi Tahu exhibition has been announced as a finalist in the Ngā Aho category of the Best Design Awards. The exhibition, which closed in May, shared the stories, achievements and legacies of respected Kāi Tahu wāhine – as seen from the perspective of kā uri whakatipu, today’s generations – through objects, photographs and memories. Interactive elements also featured, inviting visitors to step inside Aunty’s kitchen, hear the pronunciation of te reo Māori words and placenames, plait kāwai kete (kete handles), listen to interviews and waiata, share memories of the women in their own lives, and plenty more. The Best Design Awards, an initiative of the Designers Institute of...
As we enjoy the efforts of our athletes at the Rio Olympics, it seems appropriate that, this week, the sky gods are setting Otago stargazers an extraordinarily difficult celestial challenge to test our astronomical skills.
Last month, New Zealanders were told that the annual inflation rate for the second quarter of 2016 had “come in slightly softer than expected… at 0.4%” – a far cry from the experience of Hungary in 1946...
The Otago Museum has recently been gifted a large woven mat from the island of Pentecost, one of the 83 islands that make up the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu.
The ZERO1 American Arts Incubator exhibition Climate Kit: Field Tools of the Anthropocene opens this weekend at the Otago Museum, with a sneak preview offered from 4pm on Friday 5 August. The exhibition, displayed in the Museum’s Atrium, is the culmination of a month long Dunedin-based residence by international artists and academics Sara Dean and Beth Ferguson, in partnership with ZERO1 American Arts Incubator, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the U.S. Embassy in Wellington. During their time at the Otago Museum, Dean and Ferguson have run a series of workshops, field experiments and research with local participants, exploring climate research on the local environment. The exhibition...
At 5pm last Sunday, just like thousands of other passengers, I boarded an aircraft at Christchurch airport. However, unlike every other journey I’ve made previously from Otautahi, my destination wasn’t Dunedin, nor indeed Wellington or Auckland.
The Otago Museum, in collaboration with Landcare Research, is in the middle of a significant moth data collection project, working towards painting a broad picture of its expansive moth collection. The Museum holds one of New Zealand’s most accurately documented and regionally comprehensive collections of moths, assembled by former Otago Museum Collections and Research Manager Brian Patrick. Each moth within this collection has been named, and each record includes data on where it was collected, when and by whom. The project will capture and digitise the data of over 23,000 specimens including three families of moth – Ghost moths (Hepialidae), Geometer moths (Geometridae) and Owlet moths (Noctuidae). Late last month, the project team celebrated...
This weekend we started a series of community workshops at Otago Museum. Yesterday we kicked off discussing and mapping the various climate resources and threats in the Dunedin area. We learned a lot from the community about the harbour, its estuaries, and mining history as we located areas of preservation and vulnerability.
We are excited to be kicking off our work with ZERO1. The American Arts Incubator is an opportunity to work with international artists, designers, and scientists on global and local climate change issues, digital tech, and forms of civic engagement. This involves a lot of interdependent parts, and we will be pulling apart this constellation of components through these posts. The starting point for us is the City of Dunedin in the South Island of New Zealand. Our residency in Dunedin coincides with The New Zealand International Science Festival in July, creating an amazing springboard for this cultural incubator.
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