Looking, Walking, Being

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 in Everyday Life

Looking, Walking, Being “The World is not something to look at, it is something to be in.” – Mark Rudman I look and look. Looking’s a way of being: one becomes, sometimes, a pair of eyes walking. Walking wherever looking takes one. The eyes dig and burrow into the world. They touch fanfare, howl, madrigal, […]

2012 State of the NZ Merino Industry–Part I–Fibre & Brand

As part of my ongoing cultural research into NZ merino, today I attended the NZ Merino Company Conference, which brought in about 600 people. The first session introduced us to NZM’s fibre partners. From Italy, Reda, Loro Piana, Cariaggi and Rewoolution. From the UK, Johnstons of Elgin and John Smedley. From Germany, Südwolle. From Japan, […]

Re-designing merino: ''We need to put a ram on the moon!''

Tomorrow I’ll be attending the New Zealand Merino Company conference, the NZM Stampede, in Christchurch. While Federated Farmer’s President Don Nicholson has said that the wool industry needs research anarchy, John Brakenridge, CEO of the NZ Merino Co, is aiming for “a ram on the moon.” Early last year we made two videos on NZ […]

Drovers and dogs

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 in Animals & Plants & Stuff

Last Run He’d fallen over a cliff And he’d broken his leg. Just a mustering dog. And he looked at me, there on the hill, Showing no hurt, as if he’d taken no ill, And his ears, and his tail, And his dark eyes too, Said plainly, ‘Well, Boss, what do we do? Any more […]

Hope, Or Where Other People May Live Another Kind Of Life

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 in Everyday Life

“In reinventing the world of intense, unreproducible, local knowledge, seemingly by a denial or evasion of current reality, fantasists are perhaps trying to assert and explore a larger reality than we now allow ourselves. They are trying to restore the sense — to regain the knowledge — that there is somewhere else, anywhere else, where […]

I could have been Marie Curie's friend

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 in Everyday Life, Science, Technology & Society

When I was a girl I thought I would grow up to be a scientist. I spent hours at my workbench, patiently cutting cross-sections with a razor blade and drawing liquids into a pipette before placing my specimens on the glass slides and gently dropping the cover slips over them. I painstakingly labelled each one, […]

I have been standing all my life in the direct path of a battery of signals

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 in Everyday Life

I’ve long admired Adrienne Rich and was really pleased to learn that there will be a reading of her work at MEOW next Wednesday the 11th at 7:30pm. I’ll be going to listen, but if I believed I could do it justice I would read Planetarium. The whole poem is glorious (go read it!) but […]