City Gallery

Past event

Contemporary Feminism: Art and/or Science

25 June 2019

We're sorry, this is now fully booked.

City Gallery and RNZ are back with a third series of lively panel discussions exploring Contemporary Feminism, inspired by our current exhibitions. Presented in partnership with RNZ and recorded for broadcast.

Science and art often seem to develop in separate silos, but many thinkers and creators are inspired by both, actively ensuring they converge in their professional practice. Do the similarities between how artists and scientists work outweigh their stereotypical differences? Do left-brain/right-brain theories hold any current relevance? Are science and art more compatible and interlocked than we realise—should STEM be STEAM?

In this panel, chaired by Kim Hill, we hear from four women who have debunked the myth that you have to choose between being scientifically or creatively minded—while also challenging occupational pigeonholes by establishing their place in historically male-dominated fields.

Panelists: Siouxsie Wiles, Rebecca Priestley, Huhana Smith and Anne Noble.

In association with Semiconductor: The Technological Sublime.

Doors open 5.30pm. Cash bar open until 6pm and again after the panel discussion to continue the conversation.

The Contemporary Feminism: Sons of Feminism panel takes place on Tuesday 2 July, 6pm.

Dr Siouxsie Wiles MNZN is an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland where she heads up the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab. She’s also a keen tweeter, blogger, and podcaster, and is a regular science commentator on RNZ and The Spinoff. Her book Antibiotic Resistance: The End of Modern Medicine was published in 2017.

Dr Rebecca Priestley is an award-winning science writer and historian, and Associate Professor in Science in Society at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research spans the history of New Zealand and Antarctic science; science communication and public engagement with science in New Zealand; and creative science writing practice. She was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Science Communicator’s prize in 2016.

Dr Huhana Smith is a visual artist, curator, and Head of Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University. Her research combines mātauranga Māori methods with science to actively address climate change concerns for coastal Māori lands in Horowhenua-Kāpiti. She actively encourages the use of art and design’s visual systems to explore complex issues and make solutions more accessible for local communities.

Professor Anne Noble ONZM is an artist photographer whose work spans still and moving image, installation and international curatorial commissions. She has undertaken three projects in Antarctica supported by arts fellowships from Creative New Zealand and the US National Science Foundation, and her most recent body of work explores the decline of the honeybee. She is Distinguished Professor of Fine Art at Massey University, and an Arts Foundation Laureate.