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ANTARCTICA - while you were sleeping

ANTARCTICA - while you were sleeping: Smart Talk

Past Event
SAT 25 MAR, 6:30PM


Image: Joseph Michael

What happens in Antarctica has a significant impact on the entire planet. We know about climate change, but what are we doing about it?

In partnership with the Deep South Challenge, join us for an evening of debate as our expert panel discusses whether we are working together effectively to both reduce and adapt to climate change.

This event celebrates ANTARCTICA - while you were sleeping, an installation by artist Joseph Michael, which brings Antarctica to life through a projection of a full-scale iceberg onto the walls of the Museum. The immersive three night event will bring sound and vision together in a cinematic collision of nature and architecture on an epic scale.

The Deep South Challenge

The mission of the Deep South Challenge is to enable New Zealanders to adapt, manage risk, and thrive in a changing climate.

Working with communities and industry we bring together new research approaches to determine the impacts of a changing climate on our climate-sensitive economic sectors, infrastructure and natural resources to guide planning and policy. This is underpinned by improved knowledge and observations of climate processes and includes development of a world-class earth systems model to predict Aotearoa/New Zealand's climate.

The Panellists

Noelle McCarthy (moderator) – Noelle McCarthy is a writer and broadcaster based in Auckland and well-known for her work on Radio New Zealand.
Joseph Michael – Joseph Michael is a multimedia artist. His current project is ANTARCTICA: while you were sleeping, an encompassing installation celebrating the pristine scenery of Antarctica following a month long expedition in 2015.
Mike Williams – The Director of the Deep South Challenge, Dr Mike Williams, has spent a fair bit of time in Antarctica. Mike is an oceanographer for NIWA, researching how ocean and ice interact around Antarctica.
Sandy Morrison – Associate Professor Sandy Morrison is leading one of the Deep South National Science Challenges, studying iwi relationships with the Antarctic and Southern Ocean.
Geoff Ross – Entrepreneur Geoff Ross is also a trustee of the Melanoma Foundation, Pure Advantage Foundation and Endangered Species Foundation.

Noelle McCarthy

Noelle McCarthy - Moderator

Noelle McCarthy is a writer and broadcaster based in Auckland. She's a well-known voice on Radio New Zealand National. Her podcast series on ageing A Wrinkle in Time broke new ground for RNZ in 2016.
Noelle's written for a variety of publications in Ireland and New Zealand, including a book column for Metro magazine.

Joseph Michael

Joseph Michael

Joseph Michael’s multimedia projects embody a magical balance of technology and fine artistry. Michael seeks out the rare and sublime in the natural world and represents it dynamically, fusing creative vision with cutting-edge technology.

Joseph’s diverse body of work has been exhibited globally, including dark cloud / white light and the Luminosity series. His latest project ANTARCTICA - while you were sleeping, debuting in 2017, projection-maps the magnificent icebergs of Antarctica onto significant buildings across the globe.

Dr Mike Williams

Dr Mike Williams

Dr Mike Williams is director of the Deep South National Science Challenge. His background is in polar oceanography. He is interested in the Southern Ocean and the ways ice can interact with the ocean, whether this is through the formation and breakup of sea ice, the melting of Antarctica’s ice shelves or the lifecycle of icebergs. Mike has travelled to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean over a dozen times.

In 2006 Mike provided extensive media commentary on the icebergs that visit New Zealand.

Sandy Morrison

Sandy Morrison

Associate Professor Sandy Morrison (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Rārua, Te Arawa) has spent nearly 20 years working in adult education. In 2009 she was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. A former president of the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education, she was elected global head of the International Council for Adult Education in 2015. She is principal investigator on the Deep South National Science Challenge, Te Tai Uka a Pia ‒ Iwi relationships with Antarctic and the Southern Oceans.

Geoff Ross

Geoff Ross

Geoff Ross was the founder and CEO of 42 Below Vodka, which was sold to Bacardi in late 2006. Geoff is currently the chief executive officer of Moa Group and director of Trilogy International, whose brands include Trilogy, ECOYA and Goodness. Prior to 42 Below, he was a managing partner of DDB Advertising and a client service director for Saatchi & Saatchi, Wellington. Geoff is also a trustee of the Melanoma Foundation, Pure Advantage Foundation and Endangered Species Foundation. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture).

Booking information


Bookings recommended at ticket desks, +64 9 306 7048 or A booking fee of $3 applies to each offsite transaction. Door sales subject to availability.


Parking and Road Closures

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: