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At A Distance of Forty-two Days

When:

Wed 21 Oct 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm
Thu 22 Oct 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm
Fri 23 Oct 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sat 24 Oct 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 25 Oct 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Te Tuhi , 13 Reeves Rd, Pakuranga, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: Te Tuhi

At a distance of forty-two days by Wellington-based artists Jenny Gillam and Eugene Hansen, in collaboration with Adrian McCleland, is the result of Gillam's long term research project with scientists from the Institute of Natural Resources at Massey University. Serving as both art and genomic science, this in-depth long term project involves an investigation into a rogue colony of native New Zealand stick insects that became established in the Isles of Scilly's Tresco Abbey Garden (situated off the southern coast of the UK) during the early twentieth century.

In 2014 Gillam and Hansen travelled to the Isles with entomologists Steve Trewick and Mary Morgan-Richards to observe the insects and subsequently live specimens have been kept in a Physical Containment facility at Palmerston North and cross bred with New Zealand insects for the purposes of further scientific and artistic research. Here questions of evolutionary adaption meet the cultural significance of repatriation and the lingering historic implications of early globalisation. At a distance of forty-two days is a true art and science partnership contributing new knowledge to both fields of inquiry.

Jenny Gillam would like to thank Steve Trewick and Mary Morgan-Richards, Institute of Agriculture & Environment, Massey University; Paul Brock, Scientific Associate, Natural History Museum, London; Mike Nelhams, Tresco Abbey Garden Curator, Isles of Scilly, UK; Malcolm Lee, Britain's national recorder of stick insects.

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