Picturing Science

It was all about lenses and light and discovering macro and micro worlds. Inspired by the recent Semi-Conductor exhibition at the City Art Gallery, another school programme unfolded this April at Space Place, Carter Observatory, where young curious minds got to work. From satellites and stars to microbes and minerals, young people were challenging their... Continue Reading →

Macro and Micro Cosmos

I’ve previously attended a presentation led by artists Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt in their pursuit to unite science and art. And I was certainly keen to hear the duo artists speak again as we walked around their current exhibition at the City Art Gallery in Wellington. They are called Semi-Conductor – their work showcasing... Continue Reading →

Astronomy and Architecture

We are spoilt with technology today. Thanks to Google and other digital devices, we are constantly reminded of the time. Calendars also help to remind us when equinoxes occur (equal days and nights as the sun crosses the celestial equator) or summer and winter solstices (the longest and shortest days of the year). Measuring time... Continue Reading →

Lost Worlds

When art and science meet. It’s a story that is very familiar to Julius Csotonyi, having started his academic career in science before paving a successful career as a natural history and palaeo-artist. Julius lives and works in Canada and has had no formal art training. Instead, he followed his academic studies in science, completing... Continue Reading →

Science Illuminated

I’ve spent the last few weeks in Sydney, making the most of visiting exhibitions. I often seek out innovative approaches to presenting science and how artists aspire to establish their own signature style. The rise of digital multimedia is slanting a new light on the way we look at our natural world. Different artworks resonate... Continue Reading →

Science Writing

The Sydney Writers Festival was a week of literary indulgence. You picked your favourite subjects, authors and journalists to go and see - providing tickets were available. Science storytelling. It’s a unique genre discussed by a panel of science journalists; Alice Klein, Ivy Shih, Joel Werner and Michael Slezk.  Even within science, there are different... Continue Reading →

Write Right

An author’s journey… I am often fascinated to hear other people’s stories. How did they achieve their goals? More importantly, what is their story? The first day of the Sydney Writers Festival I was at the NSW State Library. It’s a gem location to feast your eyes on books. And of course to hear from... Continue Reading →

Science and Story

Science storytelling – it’s what the Centre for Science Communication in Dunedin knows well. It was the focus of this year’s Public Communication of Science and Technology conference held at the University of Otago. The Gala opening at the Regent theatre welcomed the public to take delight in listening to NASA’s guest speaker, Dr. Jennifer... Continue Reading →

Antarctica Augmented

I’ve been back in the world of writing and illustrating children’s books. This time I was to learn about Antarctica’s frozen secrets. A time machine would have helped – but at least we have a fossil record to imagine lost worlds and extinct creatures. In Antarctica, many fossils are buried under ice, with the exception... Continue Reading →

A Fossilised Art

It was a new experience - a new art science experience in fact. Driven by a previous exhibition for Climate.Kit at the Otago Museum, our exhibit 'Stones and Bones' was to find a new life force at the Vogel Street Party in Dunedin. Initially, our exhibit was to present climate change from a geological perspective... Continue Reading →

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