I’m working on a monologue/public lecture performance at the moment. It’s going to be about science and how awesome learning and curiosity are, structured within a narrative of my life. I think it’s going to be great.
I’ve not really done something like this before, so am trying to make sure all the planning is there first, before diving in. That does mean though that I don’t feel like I’ve got much to show for now. But ‘hello’, and I hope you’re doing well.
What else is new? I’m seeing Janelle Monáe in two weeks and am flippin’ excited! Things are pretty fab
Haraklōn is a project that attempts to tie together two technologies and cultures - Maori and ancient Greek. Models of five polyhedra know as the Platonic solids are created using sticks lashed together.
Sticks and harakeke are collected on a walk along trails of Mount Victoria, Wellington. Harakeke is gathered as needed, and cut with a shell found in Breaker Bay. Maori customs are followed as closely as I understand, and are informed by library books, and (I’m on the search for) traditional teachers. The solids are made ideally in one sitting
The name Haraklōn is a neologism, combining harakeke (New Zealand flax) with the Greek word klōn, meaning branch or twig (and is also the root word of ‘cloning’) The whole project is a follow on from pastings and street art I’ve made, with a natural materials twist. I’ve realised that so much of what I’ve produced gets removed, degraded, or broken down. Keeping with this, these objects are left at spots along Mt Victoria trails, for nature to take its course
I’ve started up a couple of occasional tumblrs you might be interested in. mountvictoria chronicles my adventures around Mt Victoria, Wellington. audible glimpse records parts of conversations I’ve overheard and found interesting. Explore your surroundings /// don’t wear headphones. It’s a giving world
So Wellington Zinefest was a dream. A wonderful day, and I was fortunate to meet heaps of great people and share things we’d made. I’m supremely flattered people chose to buy or swap my workings. I have a lovely stack of treats that I’ll enjoy peeking through