ANTARCTICA - while you were sleeping
Come and experience this incredible cinematic collision of nature and architecture in a world premiere by ground-breaking visual artist Joseph Michael.
For three nights as the sun sets over the Domain, the Museum’s iconic building will become the canvas for a full-scale 360-degree projection of a majestic Antarctic iceberg.
Visual artist Joseph Michael has collaborated with composer Rhian Sheehan to create an immersive multi-sensory installation that translates the scale and awe of Antarctica. Listen to the ice crack and drip, creak and groan as colossal sections of ice calve off, set to a dramatic sound score.
A free, fully immersive visual and audio experience for an audience of all ages, while you were sleeping is a New Zealand first, and the largest project of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
As an artist, Joseph Michael
seeks out the rare and sublime in the natural world and fuses creative vision with cutting-edge technology. He has worked with revolutionary motion control techniques on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit,
built 3D time-lapse rigs and created 360-degree cinema experiences.
We are excited to be hosting the ANTARCTIC ZONE as part of ANTARCTICA - while you were sleeping.
On Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March from 7.30pm - 11pm, the Antarctic Zone at the South End of the Museum will be welcoming all to experience some of the rich stories and exceptional work of the Antarctic Heritage Trust, The Deep South Challenge and WWF NZ.
Please come along to hear from them, interact and even chat with some of the Antarctic Heritage Trust Inspiring Explorers to hear about their recent expedition to Antarctica.
We will also be running a competition at the Antarctic Zone with some great prizes thanks to Macpac.
Important information about the event
Q: WHAT TIME DOES THE EVENT START?
A: The installation starts at 8.30pm and runs on a 45-minute loop until 11.00pm. You can drop in and out at any time.
Q: IS THE EVENT FREE?
A: This is a FREE family event.
Q: DO I NEED TO BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT?
A: No, this is a FREE event and no ticket is required.
Q: ARE THERE TOILETS AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT?
A: Portable toilets are available.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?
A: The event is happening rain or shine – however, please refer to our website for updates.
Q: WILL FOOD BE AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT?
A: We will have a selection of food vendors available onsite, located at the North and South ends of the Museum: Hail Elsie, Taco Loco, Lalele Organic Gelato, MELT, Toro Churro, Little Food Truck, and Nitro Cow trucks will be open from 7.30pm.
Q: DO THE FOOD VENDERS HAVE EFTPOS?
A: Please bring cash as not all food vendors have EPTPOS available.
Q: IS PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED?
A: Photography is allowed and encouraged, you can share your photos with the hashtag #UrbanIceberg.
Q: IS THERE PUSHCHAIR AND WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY?
A: Yes - all of our locations are accessible by pushchair and wheelchair.
Q: PARKING AND ROAD CLOSURES
A: Roads around the Museum will be closed, as per this map. The Museum’s underground carpark will be open with limited public parking available off Maunsell Road and in the Domain. Public transport to the Museum is advised - plan your visit.
Please review the map below for road closures:
Q: IS THERE SEATING AVAILBLE AT THE EVENT?
A: There is no seating available – feel free to bring your own.
Q: IS THERE MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE?
A: There is no ANTARCTICA: while you were sleeping merchandise available.
Q: ARE DOGS ALLOWED AT THE EVENT?
Bring a blanket and thermos and settle in for the awe-inspiring ANTARCTICA – while you were sleeping, part of the last weekend of Auckland Arts Festival. Check out our other events supporting this ground-breaking installation below.
For Auckland Arts Festival’s White Night this year, the Museum has collaborated with a master ice carver to draw your attention to climate change.Read more
On opening night, Joseph Michael and the crew of ANTARCTICA - while you were sleeping will host up to 10 students and their guardians for a VIP experience of the artwork.Read more
Join artist Joseph Michael for a behind-the-scenes look at his 2015 expedition to Antarctica.Read more
What happens in Antarctica has a significant impact on the entire planet. We know about climate change, but what are we doing about it?Read more
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