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The Order of Things, Hocken Collections, Dunedin


5 May – 16 June 2018

Hocken Collections, 90 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin

Curated by Andrea Bell

The Order of Things considers systems of categorization, taxonomy and the production of knowledge. Referencing twentieth century French philosopher Michel Foucault’s 1966 text by the same name, The Order of Things seeks out expanded approaches to the concept of knowledge as a cultural, social and theoretical construct.

Presented within the context of the Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, The Order of Things offers a reflexive approach to research and pedagogy, museology, mātauranga Māori, and digital technologies. Ranging from the pre-colonial era to the information age, the exhibition considers cultural guardianship, the role of collecting, exhibition making, and the library as a microcosm of the universe.

Including works by Nick Austin, Ruth Buchanan, Simon Denny, Richard Killeen, Alex Monteith, Ann Shelton, Shannon Te Ao, Tim Wagg, and more…

Featuring a library to scale (excerpts), and once more with feeling (excerpts) at Hocken Collections