26-27 SEP 2020

Dunedin School of Art






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Mapping the Anthropocene in Ōtepoti/Dunedin
Climate change, community & research in the creative arts

Mapping the Anthropocene in Ōtepoti /Dunedin brings together mana whenua, artists, designers and architects, scientists and speakers from the environmental humanities to present a picture of where we are as we learn to live with and act in  the changing environment some call the Anthropocene. The  term refers to the human-induced changes to our world’s systems. The hui is nested within an exhibition at the Dunedin School of Art, Te Maru Pūmanawa | College of Creative Practice and Enterprise. The hui also reflects Dunedin School of Art’s 150th anniversary and its role within the cultural life of Ōtepoti /Dunedin .   

Today’s world is troubling and confusing. Together we are entangled in an increasingly complex world that challenges our knowledge and our feelings. Artworks can help us to negotiate this complexity as they offer an alternative space to contemplate the global and the local, the self and the wider, collective world shared by human and non-human alike that is so increasingly affected by our actions.  

The hui takes place over Saturday and Sunday, with a celebration of the exhibitions on Saturday evening. 

The programme was offered on-line and on-site. Please see archive page for documentation.

Programme | Saturday, 26 September 2020 

8.30am - 9.00am

Registration –  Dunedin School of Art, P Block Entrance

9.00am – 9.30am

Mihi Whakatau from Mana Whenua  

Welcome on behalf of Te Maru Pūmanawa | College of Creative Practice
and Enterprise: Professor Federico Freschi (Otago Polytechnic Inc.)

Welcome on behalf of the symposium organisers:
Bridie Lonie (Dunedin School of Art)

9.30am – 9.45am


9.45am – 10.45am

Keynote speaker: Emeritus Professor Dr Khyla Russell followed by Q+A

10.45am – 12.15pm

Theme: Land, Waters and Place 
Panel Sessions - Four presentations followed by Q+A

12.15pm – 1.00pm



1.00pm – 2.30pm

Theme: Backyards
Panel Sessions - Four presentations followed by Q+A

2.30pm – 2.45pm


2.45pm – 4.15PM

Theme: Action in the Capitalocene
Panel Sessions - Four presentations followed by Q+A

4.30pm - 6.30pm

Exhibition Event Dunedin School of Art

Programme | Sunday, 27 September 2020

9.30am – 10.30am

Keynote speaker:  Professor Huhana Smith followed by Q+A

10.30am – 10.45am


10.45am – 12.00pm

Theme: Wayfinding amongst the institutions
Panel Sessions - Four presentations followed by Q+A

12.00pm – 1.00pm


1.00pm – 2. 30pm

Theme: Feeling the Anthropocene
Panel Sessions - Four presentations followed by Q+A 

2.30pm – 3.00pm

Wrap Up:  Dr Bridie Lonie (Head of School,  Dunedin School of Art)



(Information for the Symposium Programme provided on the website is confirmed and correct at time of publishing and will be updated if there are any changes.
 Updates will be sent out by email upon registration or see the Symposium facebook page.) 


Keynote Speakers


    Emeritus Professor Khyla Russell

Khyla Russell is a member of Kai Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha and Rapuwai iwi descent on te taha Māori and Polish (from Gdansk) and Northern Irish on te taha Tauiwi.  Dr Russell formerly held the position of Kaitohutohu – Senior Manager Māori at Te Kura Matatini ki Otago and though now retired she continues with learning and teaching of mātauraka Kai Tahu in Te Ao Tūroa the natural world past, present and future. 

(unable to attend on the day)




Dr Huhana Smith

Huhana Smith is a visual artist, curator and principle investigator in research who engages in major environmental, trans-disciplinary, kaupapa Māori and action-research projects. She is co-principle investigator for research that includes mātauranga Māori methods with sciences to actively address climate change concerns for coastal Māori lands in Horowhenua-Kāpiti. Huhana actively encourages the use of art and design’s visual systems combined in exhibitions, to expand how solutions might integrate complex issues and make solutions more accessible for local communities.


Abstracts Booklet



Catalogue Essay