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Tuesday, November 19


A Pacific Virtual Museum: Connecting diverse and dispersed people with taonga
During 2018 a range of emerging and experienced Library leaders from around the Pacific, New Zealand and Australia came together to form the Pacific Libraries Network. We developed a statement of intent and a strategic plan, designed to strengthen the network and to highlight key areas of collaboration that would deliver outcomes that connect the work of Pacific libraries to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

One activity in the strategic plan is to develop an online portal for Pacific taonga. This presentation outlines the thinking and plans behind the Pacific Virtual Museum concept, within the context of the Pacific Libraries Network, how it may connect diverse and dispersed people with dispersed taonga, and the important roles the institutions of Aotearoa may play in helping it succeed.


Mark Crookston

Associate Chief Librarian, Alexander Turnbull Library

Tuesday November 19, 2019 11:00am - 11:15am
Soundings Theatre Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


Keeping time: Dance archiving adventures in North America
Dance archiving means being an advocate for a fragile, fleeting artform. In the absence of the dance itself, we collect and archive photographs, video, sculptures, costumes, musical scores - all kinds of objects and ephemera. This presentation will tell the story of two key dance archives in North America; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts and Dance Collection Danse based in Toronto, Canada, touching on issues such as archive-as-edutainment, copyright and repertoire royalties, cultural APIs and user personas.

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Rebecca Galloway

Rebecca Galloway has recently returned to New Zealand after almost a decade in the United States and Canada. While living there, she worked for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (US), Royal Alexandra Theatre, Harbourfront Centre and Toronto Dance Theatre (CANADA). She is interested in... Read More →

Tuesday November 19, 2019 11:17am - 11:32am
Soundings Theatre Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


Regional ambassadors showcase
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Jennifer Taylor Moore

Curator of Collections, Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui
My background is in collection management with a focus on art collections. I enjoy working with collections data and systems and recently used Vernon CMS to effectively record the relocation of the Sarjeant Gallery's entire collection to allow for redevelopment and earthquake strengthening... Read More →

Tim Jones

Christchurch Art Gallery

Tuesday November 19, 2019 11:34am - 11:49am
Soundings Theatre Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new
John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new
A digital resource space, johnmawurndjul.com—driven and owned by the artist—was developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) to support the major retrospective exhibition "John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new." The website is a keeping place and digital platform to share the work, language, and knowledge of renowned Australian artist John Mawurndjul, a Kuninjku master bark painter from Western Arnhem Land.
A 40-minute video, narrated by Mawurndjul, was filmed in Western Arnhem Land and recorded in Kuninjku, with dual Kuninjku and English subtitles. Also, an additional six short videos by subject were produced to support audience engagement and the learning resources. With respect to community cultural protocols, various acknowledgements to country and a warning that the website contains images of those deceased was included.

Listening, Documenting

This project has highlighted the significance of listening and documenting, and placing the artist’s work and voice foremost in every aspect of an exhibition. As John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new tours nationally until 2020, the website will remain a tool for language learners, particularly in the Maningrida community. Indigenous languages are constantly under threat in Australia, and Kuninjku has only 300 or 400 speakers. The website serves as a guide to the exhibition but is also a tool for the Kuninjku language. During two years of production, two processes occurred simultaneously: a classic design process, operating with rigorous steps, to deliver an exhibition website aligned with the visual identity of the exhibition and built into the MCA website framework; and a video process, which was more organic and responsive to the Maningrida community, the artist and even the season cycle. While filming in Maningrida, we quickly discovered the importance of language and the artist’s desire to be heard and understood in Kuninjku with a minimum of interpretation.

Transmitting Complex Sacred Knowledge

The legacy of colonisation in Australia often manifests in speaking on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people without consultation or consent, a trend that has been subverted by giving the artist’s voice priority in every space within the website. The voice of the artist, particularly the audio-recorded glossary of Kuninjku terms, is crucial to the website as a resource for the artist’s community, as well as addressing the complexity of transmitting complex sacred knowledge and concepts to a general audience.

The following quotes are from John Mawurndjul” Because I have taught other people about my art through my language, that will leave a legacy for them. They will have a better understanding of the things I have done, because it’s been done through my language. What’s different about this show, it’s my language, my words for the first time are appearing in the Kuninjku language. Because this show has my words in my language, that will be a legacy for the future when I am gone.

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Jazz Money

Digital Producer, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
Jazz Money is a writer, filmmaker and educator, and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation (Australian). Jazz joined the MCA digital team in 2018, where she makes film, audio and web based content driven by artists and artworks. Jazz's previous role at the University of Melbourne... Read More →
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Jean-Pierre Chabrol

Head of Digital content, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Jean-pierre chabrol is a filmmaker and digital maker. After producing a number of award-winning educational and cultural digital products in Europe, he moved to Australia and has been responsible for leading the development, artistic direction and integration of digital content for... Read More →

Tuesday November 19, 2019 11:51am - 12:06pm
Soundings Theatre Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


Bringing archives alive: Using technology to tell the stories of the past
Using archive plans of underground toilets in Dunedin from 1910, I have developed (in conjunction with Otago Polytechnic) a virtual reality tour of these long gone underground spaces. As this has been so successful, our department plan to further develop this into an AR experience for the public, which can promote heritage to tourists and locals alike. We also plan to further extend this by including the whole of the Octagon and making the experience a time travel journey back to 1910, using the archives to promote Dunedin's unique built heritage and history.

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Alison Breese

Digital Archivist, Dunedin City Council
Alison has worked as an Archivist and most recently a Digital Archivist for 15 years and is a councillor on the Archives and Records Association of New Zealand. She is passionate about using technology and open access to showcase and enhance archives to tell stories of the past and... Read More →

Tuesday November 19, 2019 12:08pm - 12:23pm
Soundings Theatre Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand