A spot of science, a splash of arts, and a tonne of fun – Introducing Fun Palaces 2015

We are super excited to report that Fun Palaces are in Christchurch this year! Free, pop-up ‘Fun Palaces’ will be hosting exciting arts, science and culture activities for people of all ages and abilities. In the weekend of Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October (2nd weekend of the school holidays), we will be the first place in the world to get our Fun Palace on!

You can win too – snap a selfie at any of the Fun Palaces and upload to your social media accounts with the hashtag #funpalaceschch and you are in the draw to WIN a bicycle worth up to $2,000!

Be There lists all the local Fun Palaces and our Central Library Peterborough will play host to 12 events over the weekend:

Fun Palaces at Central Library Peterborough

Saturday 3 October

Fun Palaces - augmented realityAugmented reality 10am to 12pm
Colour in images in the “old school” way and watch them come to life using Quiver Augmented Reality technology with an iPad that will transform your pages into a magical and engaging 3D experience that is sure to have you entranced. Presented by Christchurch City Libraries.

Spider phobia demonstration 10am to 4pm
Don’t miss out on this experience to have virtual spiders creep and crawl all over a desk and up your arms! Presented by HIT Lab NZ and Christchurch City Libraries.

Augmented reality - Fun PalacesAugmented reality kiosk 10 am to 4pm
Come check out the latest in Augmented Reality! Bringing virtual images into the real world. See comic books and colouring books come to life right before your eyes! Presented by HIT Lab NZ and Christchurch City Libraries.

Nao robots 10am to 12pm
Robots robots robots! Swing by play with real humanoid robots and learn how to program them too! Presented by HIT Lab NZ and Christchurch City Libraries.

3D printing demo 11am to 2pm
Come in and see one of the Library 3D printers in action during a live demonstration. Learn a little about how they work, what material the Libraries use and some interesting facts about this exciting technology. Presented by Christchurch City Libraries.

Minecraft Fun PalacesMinecraft 12pm to 3pm
Create your own Fun Palace. Come and build your own “Fun Palace” in Minecraft. Build something exciting on your own or in collaboration with friends during a 3hr session aimed at creating the most fun environment you can think of within the minecraft realm. Redstone disco light floors, minecart roller coasters or massive waterslides the more fun it is the better. Unleash your creativity! There will be 20 computers available and will be on a first in first served basis. Presented by Christchurch City Libraries.

Oculus Rift 1pm to 3pm
This is Minecraft on a whole new level. Experience Minecraft as if you were really there using the Oculus Rift. Presented by HIT Lab NZ and Christchurch City Libraries.

Sunday 4 October

Augmented reality kiosk 10am to 4pm
Come check out the latest in Augmented Reality! Bringing virtual images into the real world. See comic books and colouring books come to life right before your eyes! Presented by HIT Lab NZ and Christchurch City Libraries.

Spider phobia fun palacesSpider phobia demonstration 10am to 4pm
Don’t miss out on this experience to have virtual spiders creep and crawl all over a desk and up your arms! Presented by HIT Lab NZ and Christchurch City Libraries.

Nao robots 10am to 12pm
Robots robots robots! Swing by play with real humanoid robots and learn how to program them too! Presented by HIT Lab NZ and Christchurch City Libraries.

3D printing demo 11am to 2pm
Come in and see one of the Library 3D printers in action during a live demonstration. Learn a little about how they work, what material the Libraries use and some interesting facts about this exciting technology. Presented by Christchurch City Libraries

Oculus Rift 1pm to 3pm
This is Minecraft on a whole new level. Experience Minecraft as if you were really there using the Oculus Rift. Presented by HIT Lab NZ and Christchurch City Libraries.

And if you visit Be There, you will see heaps more Fun Palaces to explore. Grab bookmarks and flyers from your local library. See you there!

Comics and colouring in

You can go online and make your own Fun Palaces comic. Or do some colouring in:

Fun Palaces

What good are the arts?

Featuring John Carey (What Good are the Arts?), Denis Dutton (The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure and Human Evolution), and Sarah Thornton (Seven Days in the Art World), Friday’s What good are the arts? session has left me with questions rather than answers, and so in the spirit of giving I’m passing them right on to you.  Please also bear in mind that my own educational background has taken the literature, libraries and psychology route, rather than the fine arts and high culture route, and that my current heroes include a lurching zombie and a man wearing an iron suit.  Oh, and check out the Friday night audio wrap-up to hear me possibly insulting one of the world’s best and brightest experts in the art world.  I am on fire here.

Here are a selection of some of the questions I wrote down.  Some are comments from the speakers, some came from the audience, and some are just my own little musings.  Ready?

1.  Is there a rule that art critics and art writers can only use words of more than 5 syllables, all of which must end in -icity, -osity, -ality or -ism?

2.  Is calling someone a neuroaesthetitian a compliment, an insult, or a job description?

3.  If, as the Auckland Festival says, Ideas Need Words, does that make literature the highest form of art?

4.  Can anyone, in fact, claim that there IS a highest form of art, or is all art appreciation an absolutely solitary and individual matter of personal taste?  In other words, are there, as Denis Dutton says, universal and cross-cultural eternal values, or is it the case, as John Carey posits, that “you cannot be another being”, thus making it impossible for anyone to pass judgement on anyone’s taste?

5.  Is there a a shop where you can buy paisley cravats and smoking jackets?  And if so, can someone take me there right now?

6.  If the purpose of art is to make us better people and to draw us closer together, does that make football a higher form of art than painting or poetry or sculpture?

Well, people?  I just know you all have ideas and opinions about these questions …  (Just please don’t get all shouty at me.)

Follow the books…books…books…follow the books

…all the way to the annual Aranui family festival, better known as AFFIRM at Wainoni Park (Hampshire St, Aranui) this Saturday 5th December 2009!!

Between 10am and 4pm, you’ll find amongst many great things the pretty faces of Christchurch City Library staff promoting our wonderful services to the community at our awesome stall!!

You’ll also be able to check out some great food stalls, what the latest gossip is amongst the community and enjoy the hip-hop flavas of Nesian Mystik!!

Check out our ‘Pulse’ website to read comments from organiser Rachael Fonotia or better yet come on down to AFFIRM this Saturday and see for yourself!! Oh and did I mention that it’s FREE?!!!