Exhibition Talk: Andrew Caldwell – Data Maps of Human Migration

Exhibition Talk: Andrew Caldwell – Data Maps of Human Migration

Saturday 23 February, 1pm - 2pm  
Edmiston Gallery, New Zealand Maritime Museum 

Conceived by Kazu Nakagawa, the exhibition Carving Water, Painting Voice explores the themes of human migration and identity: “our journeys carve water, our languages paint voices”.

Alongside Nakagawa’s sculptural artwork - a remodelled wooden Niuean outrigger canoe and 18 carved paddles – is a series of “data-maps” created by designer Andrew Caldwell. 

Through the analysis of data linked to DNA, navigation, art, food and trade, Caldwell renders the story of migration into topological maps that shed light on our long journey out of Africa and ultimately to Aotearoa New Zealand. 

For this event, Caldwell will introduce his data maps and discuss the incredible and at times surprising insights into the migratory journeys humans have made around our globe.




  • Residents of the Auckland region can visit the Maritime Museum galleries for free if they provide proof of address on arrival
  • Children: 5-14 years old (4 years and under are free)
  • Family Pass = 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children

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