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Your high five events for Monday 13 August

Architecture is to the fore in two events today, along with talks about poems, truth, and Dame Robin White.

It’s the last week of Struggling Cities: from Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s, a free travelling exhibition from the Japan Foundation at The Atrium, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington, 139 Vivian Street. It looks back to 1960s when Tokyo became a megacity as the population reached 20 million and continued growing rapidly. The exhibition examines various circumstances of cities in Japan and worldwide up to the present day, and identifies in particular the distinctive aspects of those circumstances as they are manifested in present-day Tokyo.

© Arata Isozaki, Cities in the Air  Photo © Takashi Ohtaka

The poems and sequences collected in the career-spanning collection Pasture and Flock by Anna Jackson are profiled today in the latest event at the Writers on Mondays series, presented by the International Institute of Modern Letters and The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Jackson made her debut in AUP New Poets 1 before publishing six collections with Auckland University Press, and has had an equally extensive academic career authoring and editing works of literary criticism. She is joined by poet and publisher Helen Rickerby from 12:15pm to 1:15pm at Te Papa, 55 Cable Street. Free admission.

How do we convincingly explain the difference between good information and misinformation? The new BWB Text A Matter of Fact: Talking Truth in a Post-Truth World addresses the question, and in today’s BWB Winter Series panel discussion at The Royal Society of New Zealand, 13 Turnbull Street, Thorndon, author Jess Berentson-Shaw will be joined by Shaun Hendy and Emily Beausoleil to explore how we can talk effectively (and empathetically) about contentious information around issues such as immunisation, the gender pay gap and climate change. It’s free, from 5:30pm to 6:30 pm.

The contribution to Pacific art by Dame Robin White was recognised in 2017 when she was awarded the Artist Laureate Award. In 2020 Te Papa will present a significant retrospective exhibition of Dame Robin’s work and the Te Papa Foundation aims to support this exhibition through a major new commission for the new Toi Art Threshold Gallery and the publication of a Te Papa Press book abut her life and work. During Something is Happening Here: Dame Robin White from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Te Papa, the artist will talk about her collaborative art practice informed by many years of living in Kiribati, as well as her latest projects, with Te Papa’s Senior Art Curator Sarah Farrar and award-winning author Jill Trevelyan. After the talk, there will be an opportunity to visit the Tūrangawaewae: Art and New Zealand exhibition, which features three of Dame Robin’s 1970s screen prints, and hear the Dame Robin, Sarah and Jill in conversation on those works. This event is presented in collaboration with Te Papa Foundation. Entry is $15.00 for members, $12.00  for students and $20:00 for non-members.

On the first Sunday of every month a group of walkers in inner city Wellington unlock the hidden stories of local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rainbow history. What started out as a one-off event during the 2017 Pride Festival has now turned into regular free walk tours run by hosts Gareth Watkins and Roger Smith from Walk Tours NZ, attracting as many as 30 walkers interested in exploring LGBTI lives. In a special presentation, City Talks: Today You Have Called My Name, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street, Gareth and Roger will talk about the creation of the tours and then guide you on a virtual tour of LGBTI rainbow Wellington featuring unique images and audio. The free City Talks are an ongoing series initiated by the New Zealand Institute of Architects Wellington Branch and presented in partnership with City Gallery Wellington to foster discussion about architecture for a broader audience. The talk will be followed by refreshments.