Long Term Resident: Moa Remains

In Residence

This exhibition is no longer on display at the Museum.

This summer, local artists and artisans will undertake short-term stays at Isolation Hotel.

Eastern Moa bones

Bones from an Eastern Moa's voice box and tracheal rings. Canterbury Museum AV9235

Each artist will respond to a specially selected taonga (treasure) from the Museum collection, reflecting on historical techniques or the influence of a particular period on their work. Our contemporary creatives will also deliver an artist talk and Q&A. Come by to see their pop-up studio and learn about their process and practice.

Moa were large flightless birds that went extinct soon after humans arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand. Scientists can learn about moa by studying their remains. A selection of moa remains is on display in Isolation Hotel, including leg bones, a skull, a coprolite (fossilised poo), the contents of a long-dead moa's gizzard, and the bones of a moa's voicebox.

These objects were chosen by writer and Isolation Hotel In Residence guest AJ Fitzwater. AJ is an artisanal curator of the SFFnal, plucking the choicest words to describe genderpunk worlds and lives. They forage for meaning in short stories which have appeared in a variety of science fiction and fantasy magazines, and longer works which include their shapeshifter novella No Man's Land and lesbian capybara pirate collection "The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper".

AJ will be in residence at Isolation Hotel on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 February. They will also join Paul Scofield, Senior Curator Natural History at the Museum, for a lunchtime talk on Wednesday 2 February.

This exhibition is no longer on display at the Museum.
31 January – 13 February 2022
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