Thursday, 16 August 2012

Kimbra. By Vincent Fantauzzo Archibald Finalist 2012

2012 Archibald Finalist.

The painting of Kimbra had an embedded QR code attached to the painting so that viewers could "listen" to the painting.  The embedded video has had almost 1Million views during and since the Archibald exhibition.  The painting has a multi media identity, where Art has embraced social media.  Talking with a few people during the Archibald exhibition this embedding within a work of art is likely to become more prevalent / acceptable.

Spiral Jetty 1970 Robert Smithson

An amazing pice of conceptual environmental art.  Within the salt, life is growing, ever changing, developing identity within time and space for all to witness.

Peace Through Art

One of the most imaginative art projects expressing Peace through Art is Yoko Ono's Peace Tower in Iceland given as a gift from John and Yoko to the people of the world.

You can also visit Yoko at  I discovered this work about six months ago whilst doing one of my Visual Culture degree units.

We can all learn that Peace given a chance can prevail.  At this time I'm reminded of Gandi's words:
"Violence will prevail over violence, only when someone can prove to me that darkness can be dispelled by darkness."

My Favorite Archibald Portrait 2012 - Luke Cornish / Father Bob

I work as a volunteer Welcoming Guide at Tarrawarra Museum of Art and had the privilege of meeting both the Artist and Subject - what a duo!  Amazing work!  First stencil work to make it as an  Archibald Finalists.

In the internet unprivileged world!

Green revolution in East Timor 

I'm not long back from my second trip to Timor Leste on a Rotary Water Drilling Project.  We successfully drilled a water bore for a Seeds of Life Project at Darasula, just outside Baucau.

The video gives an indication of the work that Seeds of Life undertake in Timor-Leste.

Rotary does wonderful work in water and sanitation in Timor-Leste and world wide

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Travel with Peter

Travel has been a love of mine from a very early age.  I had a world map on my study desk as a secondary school student and I used to draw lines to the places I wanted to travel.
Some of the places travelled in no particular order, with family, friends meeting new friends and greeting old ones:

  • By car, alongside the Darling River, Wilcannia to Burke
  • Wurrumbungle National Park
  • Outback Queensland - SEQ, FNQ and CQ
  • Kosciusko National Park - xc ski thredbo the Kosciusko
  • Swim with the whale sharks Ningaloo Reef WA
  • Broome and the Kimberley
  • Mungo National Park
  • Skiing in Vermont, BC, Thredbo, Falls Creek, Hotham, Lake Mountain
  • Mountain bike riding downhill at Whistler and Hotham
  • Caving at Buchan and around Canberra
  • Hiking the Alpine Walking Track
  • Rock Climbing at Arapalies, Grampians, Cathedral Range
  • Tasmania all over!
  • Rail to Alice Springs 1959 (original ghan) and then rickety old bus to the camp ground at Uluru - climb the rock without the safety rail!
  • Rail across the Nullabor
  • Uzbekistan - Tashkent to Aral Sea, via Nukus and the wonderful Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art 
  • Egypt - Cairo to Aswan - bus, boat and donkey
  • Paris - art, museums and Napoleon's final resting place
  • Hanoi to Hong Kong via Dragons Backbone Rice Terraces China and Yanshuo and Guilin and we saw it in the mist and in the clear.
  • Beijing to Hammerfest to London - bus, train (mostly), ferry and plane (copenhagen to london)
  • St Peterburg - Russia for 50th Anniversary of VE Day 1996 and again in 2009
  • Scotland and standing, in the mist on the battle field at Culloden
  • Parts of China by train, bus, car, boat - Guilin, Li River, Shanghai, Xian, Nanning, 
  • Train - Chicago to New Orleans to New York to Niagara Falls
  • Canada - East to West and up to Yellowknife
  • Peru, Brazil, Argentina
  • Antarctica
  • The Balkans, Venice, Rome in a day!
  • Timor-Leste
  • Taiwan in 1979 - the Chinese on Taiwan were trading actively with their relatives on the Mainland!!
  • Hong Kong
  • Uluru, Kata Juta, Purnalulu

My (our) Travel Bog - Jan-Feb 2011

Our adventures in South America and Antarctica

This blog was undertaken with the assistance of a dear friend of ours.  We provided the photos, the travelogue, via email, and Staeven entered the words and photos into the blog.  I've come a long way since 2011, but I'm still learning the finer points of maps and tags.  The good thing was that as we were out of internet range for such a long time, we created the blog entries on our iPads or iPhones and did not have to spend inordinate amounts of time in internet cafes (some which were rather dubious).  Most hotels we stayed in did not have wireless or were extremely slow or in the case of the boat to antarctica extremely expensive.  So in this case email was an excellent medium.