Jason O'Hara

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Senior Lecturer in Web and Screen Design

School of Design

Contact details
Telephone: +64 (04) 801 5799
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Research Expertise

Research Interests

My primary field of practice-led design research employs digital media, photography, video and exhibition design to create evocative, aesthetically driven, user centric experiences and artwork. 

Key thematics of exploration include environmental and scientific advocacy, anthropology, whakapapa, and intentional synesthesia. My work often involves redefining the existing relationship between the audience and subject to educate or change option.

Thematics

Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture

Area of Expertise

Field of Research Codes
Electronic Media Art (190203): Film, Television and Digital Media (190200): Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502): Interactive Media (190205): Lens-based Practice (190503): Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000): Visual Arts and Crafts (190500)

Research Outputs

Creative Work

O'Hara, WJ. (2016) Trinity Roots portait photography. [Exhibition] First published in DomPost June 1, 2016
[Artwork]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2016) Calypso : Video installation. [Exhibition] Pataka Gallery - hosted the Academy Galleries, Queens Wharf, Wellington.
[Artwork]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2016) Seismic 1&2, 2016.. [Exhibition] Pataka Gallery - hosted the Academy Galleries, Queens Wharf, Wellington.
[Artwork]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ.(2015). Make/Use Concept Teaser Video. [Digital Video]. Objectspace Gallery Auckland
[Film or Video]Authored by: O'Hara, W.Contributed to by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2015) Surface tension. [Exhibition] Tjibaou centre, Nouméa, New Caledonia
[Artwork]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
McQuillan, HL., Archer, JL., Fox Derwin, E., Kane, ., Bailey, ., Menzies, ., . . . O'Hara, . (2015, May 1). Make/Use Exhibition. (No. of Pieces: 9 garments, 6 flats, digital prints, screen prints, 1 website, 1 catalogue/publication, exhibition design, modular furniture parts, Film and cognitive tools.) Object Space.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J., Bailey, J., Fox Derwin, E., Kane, K., McQuillan, H., O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ., Hooper, E., & Williams, T. (2014). CCDU “Coming up” campaign.
[Design]Authored by: O'Hara, W.Contributed to by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2014). NZTA Manifesto video.
[Design]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2014). New Zealand Super Fund website redesign.
[Design]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2014) Los Perros Dormidos #1 (the sleeping dogs). [Exhibition] Deluxe
[Artwork]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2014) Stranded in Paradise. [Exhibition] Wellington City Council building (as part of nationwide outdoor exhibition)
[Artwork]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2014). New Zealand Symphony Orchestra 'Morning Mood' Video.
[Design]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2013) 11pm Sunday. [Exhibition] Deluxe
[Artwork]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2013). Te Papa - Aztecs Exhibiton.
[Design]Authored by: O'Hara, W.Contributed to by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2013) Ripple Exhibition. [Exhibition] Cecil Veda Gallery
[Artwork]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2013) "Sea change", "Gunner John" and 6 new documentary photographs from the Kermadec Voyage. [Exhibition] Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, Devonport, Auckland
[Artwork]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2013) The Deep. [Exhibition] This is a major touring exhibition that has so far been to: Hastings City Art Gallery, Waikato Museum, The Sargent in Whanganui and an ongoing list of provincial galleries around New Zealand.
[Artwork]Authored by: O'Hara, W.Contributed to by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2012). Insight Creative IR App.
[Design]Authored by: O'Hara, W.Contributed to by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2012). Metservice "I wonder weather" website.
[Design]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2012). Vital website.
[Design]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2012). Thonet chair photo series.
[Design]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ., Bondi, M., & Johnston, C. (2012). DLA interactive Christmas Cards.
[Design]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2012) Crossing #4. [Exhibition] Wellington City Council, PEW Environment group (USA), DOC, Tauranga Art Gallery, NZ Navy, New Zealand Maritime Museum, Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art, Hastings City Art Gallery, Sarjeant Gallery - Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui and a number of private collections.
[Artwork]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2012) Kermadec - Nine artists explore the South Pacific. [Exhibition] A major international touring exhibition that has so far been to: Tauranga Art Gallery (19 November - 5 February 2012) ,NZ High Commission in Tonga, Easter Island, National Library of NZ, Voyager - NZ Maratime Museum (15 Feb - 1 July 2012), City Gallery Wellington (4 October 2012 – 10 February 2013) and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo — Contemporary Art Museum in Santiago Chile (15 March - 19 May 2013), Tjibaou centre, Nouméa, New Caledonia (March 2015 - current)
[Artwork]Authored by: O'Hara, W.

Other

O'Hara, WJ., White, DR., Thomson, E., Foster, B., Golder, B., & Neall, V. (2015, May). Artist evening for "Kermadec: Lines in the Ocean" at Te Manawa. In Invited guests of Te Manawa and Te Manawa Art Society and Science Centre Inc.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ., & Foster, B. (2012, May). “Experiencing the Kermadecs” talk.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: O'Hara, W.Contributed to by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ., Hall, F., Pule, J., Reynolds, J., White, DR., Thomson, E., . . . O’Brien, G. (2012, October). Kermadec Artist Floor Talks at City Gallery Wellington.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
Dadson, P., Foster, B., Hall, F., O’Brien, G., O'Hara, WJ., Pule, J., . . . Trnski, DT. (2011, August). Encounters.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: O'Hara, W.Contributed to by: O'Hara, W.

Supervision and Teaching

Teaching

222.257 VCD Studio IIA - Puna
222.257 VCD Studio IIA - Kaitiakitanga
222.357 Module: Guide: Web
222.358 Design Studio IIIB (Visual Communication)
222.392 Interactive Digial Environments

Media and Links

Media

  • 29 Jan 2013 - Radio
    Concert Radio Interview
    Interview on Concert Radio's "Upbeat" show with regard to my featuring in the City Gallery Wellington's 'Kermadec' exhibition.
  • 23 Oct 2016 - Video
    Video for International singing day 2016
    Video for International singing day 2016 shot in Antarctica. Not long after we arrived at Scott Base, Antarctica I videoed my project partner, Warren Maxwell as he sang a stunning waiata to mark “Int
  • 14 Jun 2001 - Magazine
    Package and Design (China)
    A ten page article in leading Chinese design magazine “Package and design” about my design company “Origin”. It featured ten projects I personally worked on as well as many others from the company. I
  • 13 Jul 2015 - Radio
    "Ethics in fashion" Interview on Radio New Zealand
    Radio New Zealands "Standing Room Only" show interviewed Holly McQuillan just prior to the opening of Make/Use.
  • 10 Nov 2015 - Newspaper
    Short article in Gisborne Herald
    A short article in the Gisborne Herald about the “Kermadec: Lines In The Ocean” exhibition at Tairawhiti Museum.
  • 08 Dec 2016 - Newspaper
    DomPost Antarctica Article
    An article in the DomPost by Sarah Catherall about my “Antarctica: #60 shades of white” project with Warren Maxwell. Titled "Singer lays down Antarctic Roots"
  • 06 Feb 2017 - Magazine
    ProPhotographer Magazine article
    An article on the Antarctica #60 shades of white project in highly regarded photography magazine"ProPhotographer"
  • 03 Feb 2015 - Radio
    NZ artists work to be exhibited in New Caledonia
    Kermadec curator Reuben Friend is interviewed on Radio New Zealand's " Dateline Pacific" show about the Kermadec Exhibition in New Caledonia
  • 01 Oct 1992 - Magazine
    ProDesign Magazine article “Wellington fights back
    I was interviewed as part of a group of leading Wellington based designers on the state of the Wellington design industry.
  • 01 Dec 2011 - Magazine
    Artnews New Zealand article
    A six page article on the Kermadec Voyage including a selection of my documentory photographs from "Kermadec -documenting a voyage" and the artwork "Crossings"
  • 01 Dec 2011 - Magazine
    Art News
    In May 2011 I was invited to join eight of New Zealand’s leading artists (Phil Dadson, Bruce Foster, Fiona Hall, Gregory O’Brien, John Pule, John Reynolds, Elizabeth Thomson, Robin White) on the HMNZS

Other Links

  • Personal website and blog - Personal website and blog
  • Kermadec - In May 2011 I was invited to join eight of New Zealand’s leading artists to the Kermadec Islands.

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