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A tail of the free Bus day 1: The deciding vote for the project

Date: 19/5/2016
Time: 11:00
Location: Wollongong Library
Company: Jane and CAOS201 classmates

Thursday followed as I apologised to Jane for my absent on Thursday last week as I was not feeling well and I could not attend the trip to Redfern. She accepted my apology and acknowledged that I couldn’t make it but she, however, got great inspiration from the trip which was great because it wasn’t long until she pitched the idea of how we would tackle this assessment as a team.
We discussed the idea that Jane had and I threw in some input on how I would play my part in it however though the whole situation seemed as though that I had the easiest task and Jane had the most of the load. I didn’t seem to like it but Jane said that she was alright handling it. Class started off as usual but what was different was the fact we were going to spend the rest of the day at the local Wollongong library. Which was great and all especially since it gave me time to discuss with Jane on us pitching the idea to Bianca.

We found great resources on the free buses and how they started here in the Illawarra as well as some entering thing from then that I couldn’t resist on taking a copy. A lot of things happened in the 80’s but reading through it all not much has changed. We ended the day with a high and excitement to start the project.

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A tail of the free Bus day 0

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Date: 10th/5/2016
Time: 12:30
Starting Location: free bus stops out side of innovation campus
Ending Location: University bus bay
Company: Jane

Tuesday arvo after my tutoring with my tut I set out to meet up with Jane who I agreed that we would meet at the agreeable time of 12:30 at the front of innovation campus. We were fresh with idea’s and eager to get into the project as only the week before we where thrown together and still deciding on how we were going to approach this task at hand. We figured that we would serve food to the people at the bus bays but as we went along through the day we discovered that probably wasn’t the way.

Meeting up with Jane we decide to ride the bus and talk with the passengers on board (after a brief moment of deciding what we were going to do). We would do this in two parts where one of us would have a yarn with them and what would be nice to have during and pre there bus ride and we discuss about our assessment to them and get their opinion. While that was going on the other person would take photos of the conversation between there partner and the other passenger.
IMG_0039IMG_0042We passed the camera between each other and took turn talking to the other passengers until we came to a stop where I would hold the camera (because I knew how to use it) and Jane would be in charge of talking to the other people (because she’s normal and I’m not when talking to other people), it was a mutual agreement and we found this way a lot easier to power through each people we encountered. It also gave us an understanding of both or strength and weakness of how we approach the next encounter out on the field.
We road the bus for about an hour which is the full loop of its journey but we had to stop as Jane discovered that sitting in a moving metal tin did not agree with my stomach (sorry but yes I suffer from motion sickness, not pretty). So we stopped the task at the uni and decide to call it before we could complete the full route. But in the end we had received great result in both the people we talked with which inspired us to come up with something solid for the task but most importantly we came to release that our idea is related to that of a pilgrim and in most cases of the idea of ‘all road’s lead to Rome’.IMG_0052IMG_0044

The Enlightening Mystical Transformative Mobile Sanatorium Conclusion

It is impossible to tell whether the Psychogeographical tourism project was a success. The Proletariat have not yet inevitably overthrown the bourgeois and established the utopian order, the bourgeois continue to reign supreme and Alienation continues to terrorise everybody! Fortunately our aims, although derived from the works of the Situationist movement were far more meagre.

To begin with, an overview of the events as they took place:

  • We walked to a small knoll on the golf course that overlooks the old lagoon. From this position, the fact that the area was once a lagoon is strikingly obvious, whereas from the road you would never be aware.

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  •  Everybody was given a showbag. This was a standard shopping bag with no effort to influence or reinforce preconceived aesthetic notions. Inside the bag there was a paintbrush for graffiti, a business card with the name of the activity and a map. The map was a combination of an old map from when the lagoon existed and a current map with a golf course, extended harbour and oval instead.

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  • An informative talk was delivered overlooking the ex-lagoon covering the reasons why urban areas and lagoons do not coexist peacefully along with some general changes that have occurred across Australia during Aboriginal settlement in the past 11000 years.
  • We walked to the graffiti location for refreshments (whisky and wine) and of course graffiti. It was suggested that perhaps something be mentioned about Tom Thumb’s lagoon, but people did whatever they wanted – invented slogans,names, Chinese script, cartoon penises, wildly distributed blobs and much more.

 

  • We continued to the graveyard and Dom delivered the information – a mix of fact and fiction. A 19th century style occult element was included in the form of ghost stories (which were made up the day before). It was mentioned that the area was once consecrated ground and had been transformed into a popular beer garden. People expressed the desire to roam and that they did!

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unfortunately I believe our major downfall tour was the one variable we could not control, the weather. The wind and rain made it not only difficult to communicate with the participants, but made them restless and unfortunately would have washed away a majority of our bioactive paint. However this did have an unintended consequence that could have been seen as a benefit. At the second stop on the outskirts of the tomb thumb’s lagoon we served whisky and wine. This probably had on of the biggest effect on our audience. They were instantly comforted and become more engaged in the tour. This encouraged them to absorb the information and reflect on the stories.

However there was room for improvement within the story telling. Diego had extensive knowledge, gathered over a lifetime. This allowed him to tell truly engaging and informative stories. As he claimed he was a story teller. I believe that by gaining more first hand knowledge of the sites may have allowed for more in depth and engaging stories to be told. Which would both entertain and inform the audience. I felt this in the delivery of my piece. It was based on general local knowledge I have gained over the past 15 or so years of living in the area. However this was not enough I felt I needed to go in to more depth, gaining more knowledge from more sources. The ease in which I told stories was a true reflection on the knowledge I held of the subject, for example to mount Kembla mine disaster, which I have previously researched out of pure curiosity.

The areas we chose for tourism were chosen for recent transformation and the immediate questions that come out of this transformation. Local knowledge was key to determine sites that would engage and audience. Knowledge of the make up of the land geologically and historically, this allowed us to select site that would not only tell a story but additionally demonstrate a point of view.  In the case of the Lagoon: are humans making war on the natural environment and attempting to supplant nature with humanity?

During the graffiti session: are human manufactures “natural” and is human creativity “natural”? Can nature deface human constructs?

In the graveyard/beer garden: If some human creations or cultural practices are considered to be “natural” or sacred, how can this be determined when two cultural practices or creations are in competition? Is irreverence towards the sacred an important feature of human discourse when it comes to defining the sacred and the natural (e.g. burning cars!)?

These were the questions we wanted to tackle, but there is very little that can be done to gauge the success. If our aims were very grand then I would be disappointed that we are not living in a utopia. There was no great spectacle which according to Debord may have helped us avoid on kind of Alienation. Our aim was simply to have a quiet word about big things from a slightly unusual perspective – and we achieved this very simple objective.

The Enlightening Mystical Transformative Mobile Sanatorium: Theoretical engagement

 

Our project began on the Day guest lecturer Diego came and told his weed stories. Most people would be used to the popular stories in our society regarding the relationship between humans and the natural environment. One key position loads the word “Natural” with a fair bit of theory and positions humans as a destructive, viral force that relentlessly drains the environment of resources and distributes aesthetically displeasing structures in high concentrations without consideration for the “natural” way things ought to be. Diego used weeds as a local and immediate material to inspire and give force to a different story.  His version of the story is one of humans and the natural environment developing together right from the beginning –developing physiologically, socially, physically, technologically etc. and also acting as a transformative force upon nature, changing the environment incidentally as well as purposefully. This hits the reset button on the meaning of the word “natural”, emptying it of predetermined meaning, placing it in a position of flux, where the concept needs to be examined and considered further to rebuild an understanding.  This alternative story holds many possibilities, for example it is slightly more evasive when it comes to being commodifed i.e. it isn’t useful for selling woven shopping bags, organic chicken, hybrid cars or vegan food. This is not because it is impossible for it to be commodified, but because the best way of engaging with this new story is not yet through consumerism (although if it ever became a mainstream view, the market would almost definitely have an option for consumers that pursues this line of thought), and possibly never will be because it will always be too minor to be profitable. To sum up, the key feature of Diego’s Story for our project was that the meaning of Natural is emptied of preconceived meaning to make further examination of the concept a possibility. It does this by being totally at odds with some of the current myths, stories, trends, systems and anxieties of our society.

 

The theme of the Natural is what we decided upon as a foundational concept for exploration in our project, approached through Psychogeography.  Psychogeography is mostly linked with Guy Debord and the Situationist movement of the 50s, 60s and 70s. The Situationists were Marxists, meaning that they interpreted the works of Karl Marx and tried to flesh out a more complete theory within a society that had nothing to do with 19th century German and English societies (this was actually Marx’s mistake to assume universality – Positivism). The easiest criticism of Marx and all derivative theories is that the revolutionary order that was “inevitable” has never happened – despite all the encouragement! If it is inevitable then just let it happen right? Marx was never too specific as to the exact nature of his utopia and the situationists in their Manifesto were a bit more specific as to how to revolution would come about and what the revolutionary order would look like. Revolution was key – finding new ways to manage present culture would only assuage the alienation of a culture that bends to satisfy the capitalist system. The old order would be supplanted by means of a revolution with a conscious effort to create a new culture. Economic responsibility, debts and guilt would be removed and society would become a total and harmonious unit, freed from the competition and division necessitated by capitalism. In this revolutionary order, everybody would be an artist- liberated from the mechanism of capitalist production and immersed in the world of creative expression with complete freedom to act upon humanity’s primal necessity for play.

 

Our concept lacks the grandeur of the Situationist manifesto– it is more of a small scale and unassuming “NeoSituationist” exploration of the situationists’ ideas. We would “invent” or create a new culture of examining the alienation of our lives – the alienation of the relationship and perceptions of the relationship between humans and the natural environment, with the intention of encouraging an enlightened awareness in people that can resist the present order. This relationship would be our “intersection” around which the whole project would revolve.