Australian Museum: Whales/Tohorā

Thank you Ziggy for yet another fantastic blog post! Enjoy reading about the Whales/Tohorā exhibition currently on display at the Australian Museum.

The Whales/Tohorā exhibition, currently on at the Australian Museum, explores the evolution and biological diversity of whales, and their significant role in the cultural history and heritage of South Pacific Islanders. This exhibition was created by, and is on loan from, Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand).

All images included in this post are courtesy of Te Papa or the Australian Museum and have been retrieved from the Australian Museum website. Click here to visit the website.A huge thank you to Claire Vince and the Media and Communications Team at the Australian Museum for providing us with the following images and videos. Attribution information can be found beneath each image. Read More »

Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences: Star Wars: Identities

A huge thanks to Ziggy Potts for writing his thoughts on the new Star Wars exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. Happy reading!

Hello again,

Being a massive Star Wars fan, one of the highlights of the holiday period was going to see the new blockbuster exhibition Star Wars: Identities, currently on display at the Powerhouse Museum. This exhibition was fascinating and a very enjoyable experience, revolving around the mythos of Star Wars and featuring many of the movie props from the entire franchise. It highlights a psychological perspective and interpretation of the material that I had not really considered despite being an avid fan since first seeing The Phantom Menace in 1999. Star Wars: Identities explores the characters and settings of the Star Wars Universe to reflect on and discuss the psychological aspects that make up our own personal identities. This leaves the visitor pondering questions of who we are and why we do the things that we do.Read More »

Carriageworks: Nick Cave, Until

When I first heard about this exhibition I thought wow, the Australian singer Nick Cave has an exhibition opening at Carriageworks! I soon discovered that there is also an American artist called Nick Cave. Just goes to show I do not operate in the world of contemporary art. Thank you to the other people out there who thought the exact same thing and have made me feel much less foolish.

Nick Cave (artist)

Nick Cave’s first collection of works, titled Soundsuit, were created in response to the beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles. The artworks are made from a variety of mediums including fabric and twigs. Their aim, to highlight social justice in a way that is both empowering and confronting.Read More »

The State Library of New South Wales: UNESCO Six

Members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are respectfully advised that this blog post contains the name and image of someone who has passed away.

I had a wonderful afternoon exploring The State Library of New South Wales and visiting the newly opened Michael Crouch Family Galleries. I was particularly interested to see the exhibition, UNESCO Six, a display of six significant collections that form part of Australia’s collective memory. I was lucky enough to be joined by a good friend which made the visit even more thought-provoking and enjoyable.

I don’t want to delve into this too much, but, I must begin by commenting on the problems of collective memory. Deeming certain things significant to a collective memory is absolutely riddled with exclusiveness and, potentially, alienation. What is deemed significant? Who makes these decisions and how much input is sought from the community? According to the exhibition, more collections from New South Wales will be added in years to come and these six collections only represent a segment of what is inscribed on the Memory of the World Register. Rather than solving the problem of who is in this collective memory and why, adding more to the mix might just exacerbate things.Read More »

Sydney Jewish Museum

This morning I spent two hours exploring the Sydney Jewish Museum. In 2017, a new permanent display on the Holocaust opened, covering everything from the start of the war to liberation and migration to Australia. I remember visiting the museum during my Master’s course in 2016 and walking through what was then a construction site. It was amazing to see the end result!Read More »

Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences: Reflections of Asia

Hello everyone. It has a been a while since I last wrote a review for Rebecca’s blog and this one will be a very detailed and interesting review of the new Reflections of Asia exhibition now on at the Powerhouse Museum until 2020. As a volunteer, I am responsible for exhibition interpretation and program delivery via tours. This review will encompass both the exhibition experience as a visitor and as a volunteer.Read More »