Category Archives: Research

Where Memories Sleep – Project overview

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A very brief overview of the Where Memories Sleep Project including behind the scenes footage of production.

Where Memories Sleep is an immersive cinedance performance that is designed to introduce new audiences to Antarctica and the science undertaken there.

The installation, inspired by Jason’s trips to Scott Base in 2016 and 2018, combines live and pre-recorded dancers projected on to a bespoke glacier set and the fulldome at Wellington’s SpacePlace.

The project is a collaboration between Jason O’Hara (creative director, motionographer, documentary maker and scenographer) and Warren Maxwell (musician), and is supported by a team of professional dancers.

Antartica research shifts to “the new heroic age”

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After a really productive initial discussion with @AntarcticaNZ my research has moved into a new phase – I’m now focussing  on the depiction of ‘heroes’ and ‘explorers’ through portraiture in historic and contemporary contexts.

This reflects a fledgling strategic approach to repositioning the public perception of science by depicting the Antarctic Scientists as “Science Explorers” – modern approachable heroes striving to understand climate change to help deal with it.

This might be the beginning of “the new heroic age” of Antarctica?

Still early days … watch this space.

 

More on the Antarctica project >

Stefan Heinrichs

A wee gem from my research into the portraiture for the Antartica project #60shadesofwhite

German photographer and filmmaker Stefan Heinrichs lives and works between Berlin and London.

I particularly like the way he shoots video as if it were a still, often playing with multiple images on the screen. Two of my favourites are Elephant Polo and NOWNESS, on Design: Marcel Wanders

Elephant Polo The King’s Cup
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NOWNESS, on Design: Marcel Wanders from stefan heinrichs on Vimeo.

Antarctica viewing

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Hot on the heals of watching Marcus Lush’s “Ice” I watched Nigel Latta in Antarctica. Both are excellent, easily digestible introductions to Antarctica, Scott Base and Antarctic science. The demise of our local video shop posed a challenge to getting “Ice” but fortunately I was able to get it out through Massey University Library. Latta’s two programmes are very easy to access via TVNZ On Demand free of charge.

If you want to go deeper then the extensive set of video’s produced by Victoria University are excellent although I had to sign up to their Antarctica online course to view them. Take a look at the online promo for the course https://youtu.be/NFd0KLeKZPo

Compulsory family viewing in our house

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Once again Dad’s projects take over the O’Hara household … this time I command the TV for a few nights. I’m really looking forward to re-watching Marcus Lush’s series Ice. 

Marcus was onboard the HMNZS Otago with me on the Kermadec project and we had a couple of short chats about his trip to Antarctica. Little did I know I would be heading there a few years later.

Icy reading

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Life has become a blur of Antarctica research – this is a small sample of the small mountain of reading I have been doing on Antarctic history, science and the artists (particularly photographers) that have been there before me. For a full (and ever growing) list of my research reading visit my bibliography page.

Antarctica New Zealand have a comprehensive list of the artists and writers they have supported on the Alumni page of their website.

One of my favourite photographic discoveries so far is the book Frozen History: The legacy of Scott and Shacklenton Photographs of Josef & Katharina Hoflehner. Stunning black and white images of the historic huts taken with respect and a contemporary elegance.

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