“There are going to be times when we can’t wait for somebody. Now, you’re either on the bus or off the bus. If you’re on the bus, and you get left behind, then you’ll find it again. If you’re off the bus in the first place — then it won’t make a damn”.
_As quoted by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968)
We invite you to join us over ISEA2013 in a microcosm of the overarching reallybigroadtrip world. We’re so fluid you can even choose one of three forms to connect with us. The bus will demonstrate the (inter)national adventure by hosting a mini version. Starting from Paddington we will be driving around Sydney finding locations that just feel like they would be a good place to stop. We will not be using maps, just following our noses and waiting for the place that just feels right. Once the location has been found my Nomad in Residence Kate Chapman and myself will park the bus, put out a couple of chairs and throw on the magnetic signs that indicate we are ‘open for business’. Then we will just see what happens.
Some passers-by will come and ask what we are doing, so we will tell them about reallybigroadtrip and about ISEA2013 and how we want to just meet people and see what happens. Sometimes they will suggest where we go next – we have two spare passenger seats so it’s entirely possible we will take them along with us when we go. Some ISEA2013 audiences might know we’re doing this and want to come and find us in a random spare moment. We will take an instagram photograph (my account is @feesable) tagging our location so that at any time you can see where we are. If you want you can also message us directly; I’m @feesable and Kate is @wonderchook on Twitter. Be aware that we might be engaged in deep conversations with random strangers so you should let us know that you are coming so that we can hang around long enough to connect with you. And if we get ‘moved on’… well that’s all just part of the journey, right?
The no[w]here team:
- Fee Plumley is a Welsh/Mancunian/Australian nomadic geek artist travelling around Australia in a bus, making and sharing with everyone she meets along the way. reallybigroadtrip.com and technoevangelist.net
- Kate Chapman is a US geographer and technologist from the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team who has most recently been working in Jakarta on crisis preparedness and response. hotosm.org
- Brenda L. Croft is a member of the Gurindji/Malngin/Mudpurra peoples from the Northern Territory, Australia. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA), College of Fine Arts (CoFA).
- Cheryl L’Hirondelle is a non-status/treaty nêhiyaw/âpihtawikosisan (cree/metis) interdisciplinary artist and singer/songwriter from the land now known as Canada.