Little Doomsdays

Nic Low and Phil Dadson

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A unique collaboration in words and art

It’s said — in the quiet between buses, down the back of the pub, in the hushed elevator rising to the penthouse — that in the late twentieth century an unstable grouping of scholars, writers and fanatics from several Ngāi Tahu hapū in Murihiku created what has come to be known as the Ark of Arks.

It’s said that this project aimed to catalogue all known arks from the last five millennia. It was a failed attempt to capture previous civilisations’ failed attempts to preserve whatever was valuable to them: waka huia, time capsules, caches, burial ships, seed banks.

The fifth in the ground-breaking kōrero series conceived and edited by Lloyd Jones, Little Doomsdays is another rich collaboration between an artist and a writer. This time legendary musician and painter Phil Dadson responds to a wildly innovative text that’s steeped in te ao Māori by Ngāi Tahu writer Nic Low.

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‘Little Doomsdays is a tour-de-force of the power of art to capture and express complex, heavy ideas and spark deep contemplation and conversation.’ — Jessica Agoston-Cleary, Kete Books

‘The book is an extraordinary combination of fairy tale, parable and scientific enquiry’ — NZ Arts Review

  • CATEGORY: Art, design and architecture, Literature, Te ao Māori
  • ISBN: 9781991016256
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 14/09/2023
  • FORMAT: Hard cover
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Nic Low (Ngāi Tahu) is the partnerships editor at NZ Geographic magazine and the former programme director of WORD Christchurch.

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Phil Dadson ONZM is a transdisciplinary artist, musician/composer and improviser, whose practice spans some 50 years.