Sunday, May 29, 2016

Standing Room Only for 05/29/2016

Arts stories for 05/29/2016
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Sean Godsell - the park bench shelter

Melbourne-based architect Sean Godsell has designed a park bench that doubles as a shelter for the homeless. That's as well as more traditional architect fare - residential homes through to big institutional buildings. Sean's over here giving talks and looking at our architecture as a guest of the New Zealand Institute of Architects.
May 29, 2016 02:50 pm

Paula Morris - Academy of NZ Literature

A newly launched academy for New Zealand literature has sparked a war of words between writers who're for and against it. Writer Paula Morris wants to support mid career authors by encouraging writing, discussion and overseas interest in their work. But it's invitation only, is only open to adult fiction writers at this stage, and its association with The University of Auckland is putting some people off joining. There have been terse exchanges on the Academy of NZ Literature site and other outlets. Paula's just left to take up a six week residency in Denmark, but she's not leaving the controversy behind her.
May 29, 2016 02:40 pm

Royal textiles shattered by time

How important is clothing as a reference to time and place, and what can garments tell us about the people who wore them and the society in which they lived? The Otago Museum houses millions of objects and around 1100 are part of the European Textiles and Costume collection, including 150 pieces once owned by a descendent of the Belgian monarchy. Items come in varying states, but according to Humanities Collection Officer Jamie Metzger, sometimes it's important to let the garment tell their own story.
May 29, 2016 02:25 pm

The Laugh Track - Annie Whittle

Actor, singer and presenter Annie Whittle is taking to the stage in black comedy SHAM. Her Laugh Track picks are Catherine Tate, Victoria Wood, The Goons and Joan Rivers.
May 29, 2016 02:06 pm

Legendary backing singer Lisa Fischer

Hers in the voice that backed the Rolling Stones for 25 years, but Lisa Fischer has also established herself in her own right. Lisa mesmerized movie-goers in Academy Award-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom and is bringing a one-night-only show to the Wellington Jazz Festival with Grand Baton. Simon Morris thinks she's probably the best singer...ever.
May 29, 2016 01:40 pm

Art and Industry of Imagination

Games, film and television and publishing industry professionals with a love of sci fi and fantasy are gathering to swap notes and help the next generation to realise their dreams. 'Art and Industry of Imagination' involves exhibitions, a conference and master classes. Two of the key players, Weta Workshop's senior concept artist Paul Tobin and senior lecturer at the Massey College of Creative Arts Tanya Marriott explain.
May 29, 2016 01:30 pm

Rat Tribe

Journalist turned freelance documentary photographer Sim Chi Yin has brought to light an underground world in Beijing. It's believed there are around a million people, most of them migrants, living in basements and old bomb shelters under the city. They're called The Rat Tribe. Born in China and raised in Singapore, Chi Yin is fascinated by the stories of migrants and history. Her photographs have been seen in TIME, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Le Monde and The New Yorker. We're about to see her rat tribe images here as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.
May 29, 2016 12:50 pm

Akura Makea-Pardington 'Spirit of Place'

Akura Makea-Pardington is looking at Northland's colonial history with fresh eyes, and her camera lens. She considers the good and bad aspects of the colonial era in an exhibition she calls 'Spirit of Place', and offers the backstories to the images in her photos - from a flagpole to a pou. Akura, whose mother is photographer Fiona Pardington, says the stories she's telling are "bitter sweet".
May 29, 2016 12:40 pm

The Laugh Track - Fan Brigade

The Fan Brigade is musical comedy duo Amanda Kennedy and Livi Mitchell. They play favourite comedy tracks from Sarah Millican, Shapi Khorsandi, Angela Barnes and Inside Amy Schumer.
May 22, 2016 08:06 pm


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