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Virtual Reality Dissent Experience

Our new temporary exhibition Passchendaele – New Zealand’s Darkest Day opens on 4 October at 9 a.m.

Dusk and Story Inc., the creators of our temporary exhibitions have made a virtual reality  version of the current Dissent exhibit, so that it can still be viewed (using a VR 360 headset) after the new Passchendaele exhibit opens.

This VR 360 version will be available at the Passchendaele opening morning, October 4th, from 9 a.m.  to 12 noon.

Come along to see two temporary exhibitions at once and experience our Dissent virtual  reality!

Tour Guide Attends Dissent Conference

Kevin McLoughlin, a tour guide at The Great War Exhibition since early 2016, recently attended a Wellington conference, Dissent and the First World War, which covered dissent and how the First World War divided New Zealand society.

“I’m interested in history and technology, and the social impact of the First World War,” Kevin says. “When I saw the dissent conference programme, I was keen because of our current temporary exhibition, Dissent.”

The conference covered diverse topics such as policing the war in New Zealand, visualising dissent from an artist’s perspective, legal issues and resistance in Australia and Canada.

“Cyril Pearce, the keynote speaker from England was really good,” Kevin says. “I got to spend a bit of time talking with him about social issues resulting from the war.” Cyril Pearce, an Hon. Research Fellow at the School of History, University of Leeds, has complied the Pearce Register, a database of over 18,000 British conscientious objectors.

“Pearce talked about a survey he’d done on conscientious objectors, in Lancashire and Yorkshire, which are the northern counties with pretty strong working-class populations. The surprise was that a lot of the anti-conscription feeling was not coming from the cities, but from small clusters in rural areas, from villages that couldn’t afford to lose men in the war.”

New Zealand’s conscientious objectors to the First World War were treated harshly, with the Crown only recently pardoning Rua Kenana and apologising to his family for his treatment during the war.

“I feel conscientious objectors were treated very badly,” Kevin says. “If you don’t want to fight, you shouldn’t be made to. The attitude wasn’t a great snapshot of what NZ was about. I hold a man like Archibald Baxter in high regard, for his courage for standing up—a guy from a small south Otago back block, standing up for what he did, and what he went through. I met his son, James K Baxter, who was a literature teacher for St Paul’s High School, which I attended. He was an independent spirit too.”

Dissent—A Different Type of Courage, a short audio visual show, runs at the Great War Exhibition until Sunday 1st October 2017. Our next temporary exhibition, Passchendaele—New Zealand’s Darkest Day runs from Wednesday 4th October.

Photo: On ANZAC day in 2016,  a sculpture appeared on  Wellington’s waterfront to highlight the courage of those who refused to serve in the military. Story Inc. recreated the sculpture for Dissent, the second episode in our seven-part Chapters of The Great War series of temporary exhibitions.

Behind Dissent – The Green Screen Experience

Sneak a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of our latest temporary exhibition, Dissent – the story of how the war affected conscientious objectors, politicians, Māori and religious groups who dared to speak out. See how Story Inc & Dusk used  a green screen, silhouettes, and Brechtian influences to bring the voices of conscientious objectors, Māori pacifists, and anti-war activists to life, creating a powerful, emotionally confronting audio-visual experience.

A ten-minute audio-visual show produced by Story Inc. and funded by the Lottery Grants Board, Dissent gives The Great War Exhibition a chance to tell the stories of a different type of courage. The courage to oppose the war.

Dissent is the latest in Chapters of the Great War, a series of temporary exhibitions featuring lesser-known stories of the First World War, and runs until late September.  Our next temporary exhibition, Passchendaele, opens on 4th October 2017.

Archibald Baxter’s Niece Visits Dissent

Diane Dore, a niece of Archibald Baxter, one of the conscientious objectors subjected to Field Punishment No. 1 during the First World War, recently visited our Dissent exhibition.

Diane remembers how the values of Archie and his brothers influenced her life as a child. She toured the Great War Exhibition and visited Dissent.

She says, “The look in the eyes of the characters in this exhibition was absolutely fantastic. You felt you were there with them, reliving their harrowing times at their sides. It was heart-wrenchingly real. I also enjoyed Dissent, the exhibit on Archie Baxter, who was my Uncle, which recalled memories of objection to serve to kill.”

Archibald was one of eight children born in Saddle Hill, Otago. Archie and his six brothers became conscientious objectors. They were imprisoned for their beliefs, except Mark who, though pacifist, was exempt from conscription as a married man.

More information about Dissent is here.

Dissent Sculpture in the Making

On ANZAC day in 2016,  a sculpture appeared on  Wellington’s waterfront to highlight the courage of those who refused to serve in the military. Story Inc. used eight rolls of packing tape, many meters of cling-wrap and a good dose of kiwi ingenuity to recreate the sculpture for Dissent, the second episode in our seven-part Chapters of The Great War series of temporary exhibitions.

The sculpture, a central piece of Dissent, depicts a conscientious objector being subjected to ‘Field Punishment No. 1’. In the First World War, four New Zealand objectors were subjected to this punishment  – tied tightly to posts near the front line and left for many hours, day after day.

Hear their stories at Dissent. For a behind-the-scenes peek at the rigors of sculpture creation, see the Story Inc. team recreating the sculpture here.

Soon we’ll be posting more insider information – about how Story Inc. developed the audio visual show for Dissent.

Sculpture Peace Action Group

Dissent in the Cook Strait News

Our temporary exhibition, Dissent is in the newspaper, making the front page of the Cook Strait News. The exhibition, which focuses on opposition to the First World War, runs until October. More information about Dissent is available here.

The Cook Strait News Article is online here.

Other media coverage of Dissent is Radio New Zealand and Maori Television.

Dissent - a different type of courage

Dissent on Radio New Zealand’s Midday News

Dissent, The Great War Exhibition’s latest temporary exhibition about New Zealand opposition to the First World War, is featured Radio New Zealand’s Midday News. To hear the news about Dissent click here and forward to 13:02 minutes.

The exhibition will also be featured on Radio News Zealand’s Checkpoint show soon.