I'm putting together a waka/bicycle tour down the Whanganui river in
February, taking in a few sites of counter cultural interest, and
hoping to make some work on the way.
We also invite people to come for just a day or 2 cycling or even join
us for camping on one of the community days around the weekend of
15th, 16th Feb.
Hope to see some of you there!
* Slowflow - Te Ia Korero
Info and registration at: http://greenbench.org/project/slowflow
Slowflow is a trip down the Whanganui River, Aotearoa/New Zealand
between Feb 10 th and Feb 16th 2009. Slowflow invites artists,
technologists and environmentalists on a 6 day journey down the
Whanganui River by double hulled 22 person waka haurua (canoe) and
bicycle, creating a setting for a flow of conversations - Te Ia
Slowflow imagines living in a post carbon future where physical
transport has slowed to human speed, energy use is constrained and
renewable, production is collaborative and relocalised, and
information communication is instantaneous, global and
accessible. Taking a few days out from global hypermobility, slowflow
models the contemporary ecotopian dream as a mobile temporary
autonomous zone and paddles and cycles it through a landscape of
The journey starts high up the Whanganui River beneath the volcano
Ruapehu and passes through the native bush for 3 days. Emerging from
the forest and shifting to bicycles, it continues to sites of counter
cultural interest, Jerusalem, the abandoned Ahu Ahu Ohu commune and
the Wanganui Police Computer, before reaching the river mouth and the
wider network of the sea.
On each day a local expert is invited to give a short talk about the
historical context of each site. Particpants are asked to bring a
project to make or experiment with on the trip. Whether it be a piece
of technology, a piece of media, an art work, doumentation of the
trip, or some writing, the collective commonwealth of works will
form the basis of an exhibition, a web site and a publication.