This year has been monumental in so many ways, a lot of projects developing all over the place which is very exciting.
Tracey has been to NZ, USA, Australia’s Central Desert and Top End, as well as a few trips to Shepparton to work with Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation. The year is not over yet with another journey to work on a book project in NZ next month – ADA Booksprint.
Anyway, we have been a bit slack with keeping up with the blog and promise we will do better!
We have come up with an awesome (perhaps insane) idea that would enable us to travel the world, meet fellow travellers and learn more about this wonderful world we live in. We are tentatively calling this idea Old farts couch surfing the world.
So I have a question for you dear Reader. Would you be prepared to offer us a place to stay on our travels? It could be spare room, a couch or even a tent depending on the climate.
How it would work?
Think of it a bit like Humans of New York, where the story has a connection to place and people. The goal is to document the journey online with a mind to bring out a book when we complete the adventure. As people offer us places to stay we will add them into a map of our journey. People can also add in stories as we develop the project.
The idea builds on the concept of our Cultural Strangers project, where we try to reveal layers of place through documentation, conversation and investigation.We love the concept of the world cafe as it seeks to use collaboration to build knowledge and share experiences for the betterment of us all.
If you think that this idea if fun and would like to get involved please contact us.
There are a range of outputs intended for this project, they include:
1. The development of a Yorta Yorta language book for children incorporating the use of augmented reality technology
2. The development of an augmented reality walk around Barmah National Park, which builds on the existing GPS/Bluetooth project.
3. Providing workshops for young people in the Yorta Yorta community in digital imaging, bookmaking, video and creating augmented reality works with the Aurasma tool
4. The creation of an interactive map/screen at the Dharnya Centre which would be enhanced by augmented reality
5. To reinvigorate the Dharnya Centre through the above activities.
You don’t have to be in Dragør to experience this work. You can also use the app with the landmark building images in this blog post.
There will also be a printable version of the map for Walking Backwards into the Future.
Please note that this article and map is a work in progress!
Technical specifications Walking Backwards into the Future uses augmented reality, and to view it you must have an internet enabled mobile device running iOS or Android (tablet or smartphone). You must also have the “Aurasma” app installed.
You don’t have to be in Auckland to experience this work. You can also use the app with the landmark building images in this blog post.
*Note: This work is still in progress – any feedback would be welcomed.
Technical specifications Finding the Ghosts of K Road uses augmented reality, and to view it you must have an internet enabled mobile device running iOS or Android (tablet or smartphone). You must also have the “Aurasma” app installed. To install Aurasma:
Search for and download the “Aurasma” app in Google Play or the Apple App Store.
Launch the app, click on the “A” symbol at the bottom of the screen, then click on the magnifying glass icon.
SCANZ2015:water*peace brings together tangata whenua, artists, scientists, and technologists with the local communities of Parihaka and Nga Motu New Plymouth, for a two week three weekend residency. It includes short term exhibition of works along the Huatoki Stream walkway, public activity day, night time video projections and a walking symposium.
The project begins on the 18th and 19th of January at Parihaka, days when the inspirational prophets of peace, Te Whiti and Tohu are celebrated.
The SCANZ 2015 crowdfunding campaign on Boosted has started. Please consider waltzing over and making a pledge. If we don’t make it to $3000, you don’t have to hand over the money. Every bit helps.
My first experience of SCANZ was in 2013 and I can honestly say it is the best residency program I have ever participated in: my eyes and heart were opened wide to possibility. I found it was also a call to action to not only consider environmental issues and connections across humanity, but to work towards creating awareness and positive change. Since then I have continued my connection with Intercreate.org (the organisation who put this event together) and feel very privileged to be a part of this community.
It is a very worthwhile project and every donation is greatly appreciated!
This morning I woke up to see that we now have over 300 WordPress followers to our Geokult Travel blog – how exciting!
Over the 3.5 months since we started we have achieved:
almost 5,400 views
over 1700 ‘likes’
Our current publishing reach also includes 1,500 people on Facebook through our Geokult page and personal pages, over 1,200 on LinkedIn, 480 on Twitter via @bytetime and @geokult_travel and coverage across Google+ and Tumblr.
People from all over the world have checked out our blog, have a look at the map below.
Thank you all for your support and we look forward to bringing you more interesting articles about travel, arts and culture.
Day 47: Handmade Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Today I am cheating a bit as I am talking about an event, not a place – but don’t hang me on a technicality.
The Canberra Handmade Market is held four times a year at the Canberra Convention Centre and brings together some of Australia’s most innovative designers and craftspeople. It started in 2008, the brainchild of Julie and Rachel who saw a need for such an event. Since then it has become a massive affair, and the girls now have a shop in Civic – which I wrote about in an earlier post – No, Canberra doesn’t suck!.
Just as a quick aside: Emma Pearse recently reported in the New York Times that Canberra was in fact a cool place to be – and that is not just literally! If you are interested, check out Emma’s article 36 hours in Canberra, Australia for more information.
Back to the market. This time around there were around 150 stalls with a broad range of products including skin care, lighting, jewellery, clothing, and craft. For me there were a few standouts. We loved the fragrant soaps from bodybar and had a lovely time chatting to Steve and Viv, who incidentally come from the Coff’s region. The soaps use lovely natural ingredients like goat’s milk, coconut oil and essential oils. One of the soaps smelt so good I wanted to eat it, which is sort of funny considering I was often threatened to have my mouth washed out with soap, when I was a naughty kid and caught swearing. Anyway, what I really love about this product is the care taken in all stages of the product lifecycle to be sustainable and care for the environment. Their website says:
We take the greatest care in sourcing the finest fresh and natural ingredients and make them with a strong ethical commitment to our environment. We do all the regular stuff, recycling our waste etc, however we also put a lot of work into other aspects of our production cycle. Our bars are made locally from local goats milk, our bags are made by us out of newspapers that we buy and read, and we minimise package and waste wherever possible.
Above is a pic of Steve and Viv and their lovely products. Needless to say, we walked away with some goodies from their stall 🙂
The other stall that had some stand-out work for me was a jewellery stall – John Hablitschek Gems. Most of the pieces on this stall were one-off works of art, featuring very rare gemstones, like Australian Turquoise. Check out some of these beautiful pieces below.
We had a lovely morning checking out the market and look forward to the next time it is on – October 4 and 5. Here are some random images from our travels around the many stalls.
Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth, Image Credit: GOMA
Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth, Image Credit: Garry Benson
Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth, Image Credit: Garry Benson
Queensland and Brisbane has not only come of age with its art scene, it’s pi**ing all over the rest of Australia with its Art, Museum and Library complex on the banks of the big, brown Brisbane River. I last visited the site for Expo 88 with my lovely friend Val and what a transformation. Thanks to my dear friends Janna and Peter for this brilliant evening!