Oceans Mesh, Light Nelson Festival

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Oceans Mesh, Light Nelson Festival

Oceans Mesh will mix live data and graphic visualisations that incorporate Sustainable Seas research into narratives about the seas, their inhabitants and interpretations. The aim is to prompt public conversations around the sorts of changes required to bring an ecosystem-based management (EBM) approach to our interactions with marine and coastal ecosystems  – and to encourage public interaction with, and feedback about, the work.


Light Nelson is a biannual event that attracts large numbers (45,000 in 2016) of locals and visitors to the heart of Nelson city in the dark of winter.

Visit Oceans Mesh at the festival (installation 31 adjacent to the Suter Art Gallery in Albion Square) 

The team have interviewed members of the science leadership team, project leaders and researchers from across Sustainable Seas to gain insight into how EBM of the marine environment could be enhanced.

Marine ecologists, social scientists, Māori researchers and manawhenua from Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka-a-Māui/Top of the South spoke of their connectedness to the sea and their love for the coast, but also of their concern for how humans are impacting our oceans. Oceans Mesh is an interactive audio-visual projection against the exterior wall of the Suter Art Gallery. We invite the public to offer their stories as part of the artwork and to consider: “how should we proceed?”

Key participants

  • Dr Charlotte Šunde, a social science researcher at the Cawthron Institute (Nelson)
  • Vicki Smith, an artist (Nelson based)
  • Dr Alison Greenaway, a senior social science researcher at Landcare Research (Auckland)

Sustainable Seas advisers: 

Linda Faulkner, Dr Janet Stephenson, Dr Judi Hewitt, Dr Nick Lewis




Albion Square, Nelson

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Fri, 07/06/2018 - 17:30