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Jason O'Hara

Senior Lecturer in Web and Screen Design

School of Design

Professional

Prizes and Awards

  • Make/Use won the Open Source use in the Arts at the New Zealand Open Source Awards 2016. See http://nzosa.org.nz/categories/ - New Zealand Open Source Awards (2016)
  • Make/Use won a Bronze Best Design Award in the Exhibition & Temporary Structures category at the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Awards 2016. See https://bestawards.co.nz/spatial/exhibition-installations-and-temporary-structures/makeuse-exhibition - Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ) (2016)

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

Book

Golder, B., & O'Brien, G. (Eds.) (2011). Kermadec - Nine artists explore the South Pacific. : PEW Environmental Group and Tauranga Art Gallery
[Edited Book]Authored by: O'Hara, W.

Creative Work

O'Hara, WJ. (2017). LX. Christchurch, New Zealand: Antarctica New Zealand Centre and Ross Island, Antarctica, Scott Base. Permanent collections: Antarctica New Zealand
[Design]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2016). Antarcticans. Social Media
[Design]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2016). Trinity Roots promotional photography.
[Design]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2016) Calypso. [Exhibition] [Large-scale, site-specific video installation]. Wellington, New Zealand: Pataka Gallery - hosted the Academy Galleries, 9 Apr 2016 - 20 Apr 2016
[Artwork]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2016) Seismic 1&2. [Exhibition] [Photograph, Inkjet onto Aluminium Composite Material, 900mm x 1368mm]. Wellington, New Zealand: Pataka Gallery - hosted the Academy Galleries, 9 Apr 2016 - 20 Apr 2016
[Artwork]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2015) Surface tensions. [Exhibition] [A large scale video installation]. Nouméa, New Caledonia: Tjibaou centre, 28 Feb 2015 - 28 June 2015
[Artwork]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
McQuillan, HL., Archer-Martin, JL., Bailey, J., Fox Derwin, EL., Kane, K., O'Hara, WJ., . . . Stewart-MacDonald, B. (2015, July 11). Make/Use. [collaborative research project including interdisciplinary development of: open source system for user modifiable zero waste fashion + garment and textile collection + experience design + exhibition + display furniture + workshops + identity + open source typeface + posters + publication + website + video + photography]. Auckland, New Zealand: Objectspace.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J., Bailey, J., Kane, K., McQuillan, H., O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ., Slade, B., & Hooper, E. (2014). NZSO 2015 Season Marketing Imagery.
[Design]Authored by: O'Hara, W.Contributed to 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' Interactive/Video.
[Design]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2013) Ripple Exhibition. [Exhibition] Cecil Veda Gallery
[Artwork]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2013) Four new documentary photographs from the Kermadec Voyage (Including “Sea change” and “Gunner John”). [Exhibition] [4 photographs, various sizes]. Devonport, Auckland: Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, 28 November 2013 - March 2014
[Artwork]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2013) The Deep. [Exhibition] Tjibaou centre, Nouméa, New Caledonia (28 February - 28 June 2015) Hastings City Art Gallery, Hastings (26 January 2013 – 28 April 2013) Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton (25 July - 20 October 2013) Southland Museum, Invercargill (24 January - 30 March 2014) Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, Whanganui (9 November 2013 – 2 March 2014) Te Manama Museum of Art, Science, and History, Palmerston North (21 March - 21 June 2015) Whangarei Art Museum, Whangarei (5 July – 28 August 2015) Millennium Public Art Gallery, Blenheim (6 December 2014 - January 2015) Tairawhiti, Gisborne (8 September - 14 November 2015) Aratoi, Masterton (28 Nov - 7 Feb 2016) Forrester Gallery, Oamaru (20 February - 8 May 2016) Ashburton Art Gallery, Ashburton (21 May - 25 June 2016)
[Artwork]Authored by: O'Hara, W.Contributed to by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2012). Thonet: Brand imagery.
[Design]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2012). Vital website.
[Design]Authored by: O'Hara, W.
O'Hara, WJ. (2012). Thonet: Website and promotional booklet.
[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) Full Fathom Five. [Exhibition] Wellington, New Zealand: City Gallery, 4 Oct 2012 – 10 Feb 2013. Santiago, Chile: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo — Contemporary Art Museum, 15 Mar 2013 - 19 May 2013. Nouméa, New Caledonia: Tjibaou centre, 28 Feb 2015 - 28 Jun 2015
[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). Encounters, Public presentation and accompanying publication.
[Other]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

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