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Panellist and artist profiles

June 2013: Hermes - Communication

Russell Brown

Russell Brown is one of New Zealand's must prolific media and cultural commentators.

He hosts the weekly Media3 show on TV3 and is the publisher of the award-winning group blog site, Public Address, and a member of the trust board of NZ On Screen.

He also edited the successful anthology about New Zealand identity 'Great New Zealand Argument: Ideas About Ourselves'. He enjoys cooking, cycling and finding music on the internet.

Check out Russell's popular, award-winning blog PublicAddress.net

Rosabel Tan

Rosabel Tan is a research assistant at the Liggins Institute, working within their science education network, and is co-editor of the online arts and culture publication The Pantograph Punch. Her short stories have appeared in Sport and Hue and Cry and her reviews in Theatre Scenes and Metro. At any given time there will be at least seven tabs open on her browser. She is afraid to look at her internet history.

Judge David Harvey

Judge Harvey has been interested in computers and the potential of computers since the 1980s when he was involved in the introduction of word processing and computerised trust accounting to the firm in which he was a partner. Since his appointment Judge Harvey has been closely involved with Information Technology initiatives involving the judiciary including the development of trial management software.

In addition to his Judicial duties, Judge Harvey is a part-time lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Auckland, teaching Law and Information Technology. He has written extensively in the field of law and technology and has presented a number of papers to conferences both in New Zealand and overseas on related topics.

In addition to computing the judge's interests include reading, photography, diving and water sports. He is somewhat of an expert on J.R.R. Tolkien, having written a book on the themes, symbols and myths of Middle Earth, as well as taking out the Mastermind title in 1980 and International Mastermind title the following year, his topic was ‘The Lord of the Rings.’

Troy Rawhiti-Forbes

Troy Rawhiti-Forbes is an Auckland-based editor who has led the New Zealand Herald’s social media and interactive journalism strategies since 2010. He has a principal interest in advocating to the community on behalf of the newsroom, and vice versa. In 2012 Troy received the Canon Media Award for Best Website Community Interaction for his work in telling the stories of earthquake-affected residents of Christchurch’s eastern suburbs through social media.

Orchestra of Spheres

Born out of Wellington’s Frederick Street Sound and Light Exploration Society in 2009, the Spheres have developed a cult-like following in New Zealand. Playing house parties, dance parties, DIY shows and opera houses, the Spheres have built a reputation for musically and visually ecstatic live shows.

Like celestial sponges the Spheres’ clonga sound draws on influences far and wide: kuduro, psychedelic primary school disco, fire music, kwaito, free improv, south pacific demolition and shangaan electro to name a few. The Spheres use homemade instruments like the biscuit tin guitar, electric bass carillon and sexomouse marimba to create their cosmic dancing sound.

Orchestra of Spheres are:

  • Baba Rossa – biscuit tin guitar, sexomouse marimba
  • EtonalE – electric carillon
  • Jemi Hemi Mandala – drumkit
  • Mos Iocos – keyboard, gamelan