Education kits, writing mentoring and Darwin nights

posted on May 5th 2010 in Random rants with 0 Comments

A winter update on some recent and upcoming projects …

Map of a Dream of the Future – Education Kits

The education team on AMDF have been working like crazy, and I’m stoked to say that our climate change education kits are now out in schools. They feature a narrative exploring what life might be like for kids in 2090, a heap of artistic and imaginative exercises for teachers, and a statistical survey developed with climate change psychologist Tim Cotter. You can check it out and download a copy here.

I’m working with plant experts, a structural engineer and a kick-arse production team from the Junction 2010 Festival on the installation venue, and programming genius Richard Proctor and I are collaborating on some mad L-system algorithms for dynamically generating statistically-driven cities in Google Earth. Good things happening!

Text Camp – Next Wave Festival

Next Wave kicks off next week and it looks like it’s going to be yet another incredible couple of weeks. Check the program here.

I’m stoked to be running the Creative stream of the Text Camp project this year, mentoring five writers in the quest to find strange and intriguing ways of responding to the events, artists and ideas behind the Festival. I’m also giving a couple of public workshops on creative and in particular risk- and intervention-driven approaches to writing and art. They’re on the 17th and 18th of May and there are still a few places left. Find out more and register here.

I’m also going to be DJing in the Festival Club – come down for some NZ-influenced hiphop and broken beat.

Darwin Nights

I’m heading to Darwin next week for the NT Wordstorm Writers Festival to present a great evening of stories from the South East Asian region. On Wednesday 12 May at the Indonesian Garden, Charles Darwin University from 5-7pmĀ  Asiaink’s Writing Program presents music, stories and poetry from Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste. Featuring Lily Yulianti Farid, Iyut Fitra, O Thiam Chin, Isa Kamari, Cancio Soares, Sharanya Manivannan. $15/$10 (includes refreshments) Book online if you’re in the neighbourhood.