Dawn chorus : institutional sound use, identity and ideology
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Citation:Wilson, S. A. (2016, April). Dawn chorus : institutional sound use, identity and ideology. Paper presented at Periods and waves : a conference on sound and history, Stony Brook University, Long Island, New York.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3605
The Australia and New Zealand Army Corp, or Anzac, landing, occupation and subsequent retreat from Gallipoli in Turkey in April of 1915, during the First World War, is a foundational moment in the formation of a specifically New Zealand national identity. Whilst a military disaster of the highest order, it marks also a moment when those outliers of the British dominion were able to demonstrate their allegiance to Mother England through more than the provision of cheap agricultural products. And while ultimately a futile part of the Allied campaign, the suffering undertaken at Gallipoli meant that thereafter Australia and New Zealand would be taken seriously and would take themselves seriously as distinct national identities globally – or, at least, within the British Dominion – in a way previously impossible. Thus the Gallipoli Campaign is linked to the formation of a sense of New Zealand national pride and, from this, a national identity distinct from the motherland, linked inexorably to our nearest Pacific neighbor and forged, so the mythology goes, in the fire and slaughter of war. It is no surprise, then, that the centenary of the New Zealand participation in the Gallipoli landings would be accompanied by a large number of memorial events. Our government had made available funding bodies to support creative and academic works and our National Museum, Te Papa Tongarewa made contact with Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor’s Weta Workshop in order to develop a collaborative exhibition of suitable scale and complexity to do museological justice to the events of Gallipoli and also, significantly, to pull the museum out of debt. The resulting exhibition, Gallipoli, the Scale of Our War, opened in April of 2015 and was the result of an innovative and unique collaboration between the museum’s curatorial and design staff, and the designers and craftspeople employed at Weta Workshop.