March 9-15: Including Big Data – Changing Place

by Fiona Rae / 28 February, 2013
A five-part series examines the impact of digital information on our concept of place.

SUNDAY MARCH 10


Fly Me Up to Where You Are, Sunday


Spectrum (RNZ National, 12.15pm). David Steemson looks at an art project that involves 3000 Auckland schoolchildren. Tiffany Singh’s installation Fly Me Up to Where You Are, commissioned for the Auckland Arts Festival, features thousands of Tibetan-style prayer flags fluttering over Aotea Square, each printed or painted with representations of the children’s hopes and dreams. (Mark Amery discusses contemporary art, including Fly Me Up to Where You Are, here.)

The Sunday Drama (RNZ National, 3.06pm). A new two-part play by Dean Parker tackles the sensitive subject of child abuse. Pure in Body is set in a forensic psychology unit, where a young man is being assessed after the non-accidental death of his baby girl.

The  Sunday Feature (RNZ National, 4.07pm). Wondering where new technology is taking us? This five-part series called  Big Data – Changing Place examines the implications of the huge amount of digital information that is swirling around us, particularly in relation to the concept of “place”. The first episode today is From Space to Place – Recovering the Personal, and it looks at urbanisation, globalisation and the role that data might play in the creation of future places.

MONDAY MARCH 11


Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 8.00pm). The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra has had many challenges since losing the use of the town hall; it now rehearses in a warehouse in Hornby, and concerts are given in a number of places, including the sports barn of the CBS Canterbury Arena and an aircraft hangar at Wigram Air Force Museum. Tonight’s concert was recorded at the Aurora Centre and is called Homecoming in honour of two New Zealanders who have had successful inter-national careers, violinist Martin Riseley and conductor Tecwyn Evans.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 13


Appointment (RNZ Concert, 7.00pm). The BBC World Service has been marking its 80th anniversary with The Age of Reason, a series that looks at how the world has changed for women. Six octogenarians feature in the programmes, and today’s interviewee is 82-year-old Mildred Dressel-haus, who is known as the Queen of Carbon. A physicist and world expert on graphite, Dresselhaus is still based at MIT University in Massachusetts, and her work has paved the way for developments in nanotechnology. She discusses her career in a male-dominated field with Jenni Murray.
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