An iceberg named Ernest When multimedia artist Joseph Michael was visiting Antarctica with the aim of gathering images of icebergs, it became helpful for him to individualise what he was looking at. The grandest of the floating structures he photographed was called Ernest. “It was almost like a crown,” he recalls. “You could see it in the distance. And it was weird because you could see icebergs around, and there was this one which just had a mass to it. It was much bigger. Even though it was further away, it just sort of stuck out on the horizon. And then once we got there we circled around it. To map the iceberg Michael and his team took quite a few thousand photographs, and sent a sound recordist in a dinghy to record closeup the sound of it. Before undertaking the project, Michael had no idea that every iceberg sounds as different as they look photographically, so the process of capturing the whole essence of it was a multimedia affair. These photographs were knitted together electronically to provide a full 360-degree image of Ernest, which was then projected onto the Auckland Museum as part of the Auckland Arts Festival installation ANTARCTICA - while you were sleeping. The aim was to bring Antarctica to life through projections which, though still on a massive scale, were often far smaller than the original subjects. Premiered in Auckland, the installation is to be taken on a global tour to raise awareness of Antarctica and climate change. About the participants: Noelle McCarthy is a writer and broadcaster based in Auckland and well-known for her work on Radio New Zealand. Joseph Michael is a multimedia artist. His current project is ANTARCTICA: while you were sleeping, an encompassing installation celebrating the pristine scenery of Antarctica following a month-long expedition in 2015. The Director of the Deep South Challenge, Dr Mike Williams, has spent a fair bit of time in Antarctica. Mike is an oceanographer for NIWA, researching how ocean and ice interact around Antarctica. Associate Professor Sandy Morrison is leading one of the Deep South National Science Challenges, studying iwi relationships with the Antarctic and Southern Ocean.
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A panel discussion from the Auckland Museum about the taste of inequality: how food access and consumption in New Zealand's largest city is seen in the context of broader social divisions. Chaired by Auckland University's Associate Professor Damon Salesa, it features Victoria University of Wellington's Professor of taxation Dr Lisa Marriott and former Auckland City Missioner Dame Diane Robertson. They're joined by Eat My Lunch co-owner Lisa King and Dr Teuila Percival from the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland.
A panel discussion from the Auckland Museum about social activism in an era of social media. The internet has increased opportunities for large-scale online social participation. Rebellion is trending. But how is online awareness transformed into action on the ground? Chaired by journalist and media commentator Russell Brown, this session features director of campaigns at ActionStation Laura O'Connell Rapira, cartoonist and illustrator Toby Morris, environmental activist and senior campaign advisor for Greenpeace New Zealand Steve Abel and Sina Brown-Davis, activist and commentator on Indigenous rights.
A panel discussion from the Auckland Museum about the about feminism in New Zealand and the everyday realities of the quest for equality. In this first of the 2016 Smart Talk series, you can hear from the writer and musician Courtney Sina Meredith; the Maori, women's and LGBT rights advocate Dr Ngahuia Te Awekotuku; the social and critical accounting researcher Dr Pala Molisa; and the Pasifika artist Rosanna Raymond. Mihingarangi Forbes in the chair for this RNZ recording.
A panel discussion about the impact of the First World War on the century which followed it. With Jim Mora in the chair, Associate Professor Maartje Abbenhuis, Dr Felicity Barnes, and Dr Maria Armoudian from the University of Auckland offer a range of perspectives on matters as diverse as the nature of Anzac Day commemoration, Gallipoli’s role in our nation-building, and the relative obscurity of other parts of NZ’s First World War history. The timing of the Armenian genocide committed by the Turkish authorities, and its role in providing a model for Hitler’s final solution is also explored in a lively session recorded in front of an audience at the Auckland Museum.
The future of Auckland is the focus of a panel discussion chaired by Bill Ralston at the Auckland Museum. It features Marina Matthews from the law firm Chen Palmer; and Waikare Komene, a young architect from Otara, along with Professor Damon Salesa from the University of Auckland, and business commentator Rod Oram, well-known to RNZ listeners.
A panel discussion about the changing nature of food and eating in Auckland. Chefs Connie Clarkson, Te Kohe Tuhaka from Marae Kai Masters and Benjamin Bayly from The Grove and Baduzzi restaurants join Professor Paul Spoonley of Massey University. Noelle McCarthy is in the chair.
A panel discussion about the hidden histories of Auckland. Noelle McCarthy chairs a lively conversation between Ella Henry, a street girl and drug addict in the 1970s who was befriended by James K Baxter; a former stripper turned mother and blogger Sarikha Rosli; and Michael Stevens, who grew up gay in an era when it was illegal.
A panel discussion from the Auckland Museum chaired by the famous comedian Te Radar features the social entrepreneur Kiritapu Allan, Professor Paul Spoonley from Massey University, the fibre artist Suzanne Tamaki, and Leilani Tamu, a poet, social commentator and Pacific historian. Together they are exploring fresh perspectives on the Treaty of Waitangi in a session recorded in March 2015.
A panel discussion from the Auckland Museum about the city's vibrant music scene Chaired by Russell Brown, it features DJ and hip hop legend Phil Bell (aka DJ Sir Vere), along with Aotearoa musical pioneer and icon Dave Dobbyn. Rounding out the panel are AudioCulture's Creative Director and local music authority Simon Grigg, and Rachel Lang, co-creator of the iconic pop culture series Outrageous Fortune. This session, which opens the 2015 series looking at culture and history in Auckland, was recorded in August.
Russell Brown talks about activism online and on the streets with the National Director for ActionStation Marianne Elliott; the author Nicky Hager; the political commentator Matthew Hooton; and Co-Founder of RockEnrol, Laura O'Connell Rapira.
Politics, history and immigrant experience are explored by Oscar Kightley with the "godfather" of New Zealand Hip Hop Danny "Brotha D" Leaosavai'i from Dawn Raid Entertainment, acclaimed singer Annie Crummer, and activist and reggae artist Tigilau Ness.
Explorer Kevin Biggar, astrophysicist Prof. Richard Easther, designer Kate Sylvester and celestial navigator Jack Thatcher range widely over the theme of what it means to be an explorer today in this panel discussion with Jesse Mulligan.
Two university professors and two celebrity chefs discuss how New Zealand food has evolved over the past fifty years, argue about the effect of our diet on our health, and share their ideas of the national Kiwi dish with an amused and engaged audience at Auckland Museum. Featuring Al Brown, Professor Rod Jackson, Professor Grant Schofield, and Anne Thorp with Jesse Mulligan in the chair.
The goddess Aphrodite's power came from her beauty. How relevant is that in the 21st century? Join Noelle McCarthy with the curator and researcher Dr Aroha Yates-Smith, Dr Caroline Daley (Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Auckland), and Colin Mathura-Jeffree (New Zealand model, actor and television host) as they ruminate on whether in a global culture of pin-ups, hook ups and celebrity tweets, appearance is all that matters.
Filmmaker Gaylene Preston, writer Nicky Hagar, Professor Kevin Clements (Foundation Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago) and RSA head Dr Stephen Clarke consider the place of conflict in our history and our consciousness with Wallace Chapman. A lively discussion of role of the gods Athena and Ares in our New Zealand history and culture.
Noelle McCarthy explores the theme of intoxication and the place of alcohol in our culture and lives with Pam Corkery, Norm Hewitt, Ross Bell and Yvonne Lorkin. When the god of wine Dionysus comes calling, most of us are ready. His influence is part of our history, and culture - but at what cost?
With the gods Poseidon and Tangaroa in mind, Wallace Chapman talks with marine scientists Dr Rochelle Constantine and Dr Tom Trnski, the musician Don McGlashan and the CEO of Sustainable Coastlines Sam Judd about the oceans which surround us. Among the many issues they traverse is the complex one of how we protect our marine reserves while still sustaining a fishing industry.
What would the harvest goddess Demeter make of intensive agriculture practices, increasing populations calling on decreasing food supplies and the acceleration with which the earth has warmed? Moderator Wallace Chapman puts this to his guests Professor Dame Anne Salmond, Professor Paul Tapsell, and Professor Michael Walker.
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