Archived entries for Around-The-World

The Australia Project


The Inaugural Australia Project Melbourne Exhibition

The Australia Project is a series of creative initiatives aimed at critically examining the national Australian identity.

Engaging prominent Australian creatives and the general public alike, the project provokes wide-spread debate regarding contemporary Australian culture.

Post-colonial, multi-cultural, historically conflicted & geographically isolated, The Australia Project re-examines clichéd cultural stereotypes, with the intention of revealing new perspectives from Australians today.

Premiering at the AGIdeas 2010 International Design Week,  the launch of The Inaugural Australia Project Exhibition occurs at the C3 Contemporary Art Space on Wednesday April 28 at 6:00pm.

Encompassing a selection of contemporary interpretations from Australia’s most talented creatives, the exhibition includes work from:

Michael Hall, Mimmo Cozzolino, The Glue Society, David Lancashire, 3 Deep Design, Kevin Finn and Ghostpatrol.

New and existing works from The Australia Project’s community based initiatives will also be on display, whilst co-curators Chris Edser, Scott Heinrich and Yianni Hill offer further insights as to the project’s progression, rationale and future direction.

Summit Of The Minds will be exhibiting their latest social campaign alongside current and ex-Fabricanti: Elliott Burford, Chris Edser, Christian Ghezzi, Scott Heinrich, Yianni Hill, Jesse Marlow and Kingston Trinder.

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Campus Party Europe

Tomorrow April 14th starts in Madrid this year’s edition of Campus Party in Europe. Around 800 guests from the 27 European Union nations were invited to come discuss, tinker, create and associate. The event will be held at Caja Mágica and can be followed at or, in a more personal level, on Twitter hash tags are #cpartyeu or #campuspartyeu. See you there.

Budapest Design Week 09 – WAMP

The past Sunday marked the end to this year’s Budapest Design Week. A notable event conclusion was the Finnish-Hungarian WAMP, a designer’s market offering fun and inspiring designs. (photos from Oct 11th, 2009)

During WAMP

During WAMP at the Magyar Iparmüvészeti Múzeum in Budapest.

PUCC sweetwear

By Heim Zsuzsi, PUCC sweetwear

PUCC sweetwear

By Heim Zsuzsi, PUCC sweetwear

PUCC sweetwear

By Heim Zsuzsi, PUCC sweetwear

Beograd Bag

Beograd Bag made from reused bicycle tubes.


Salt and Pepper shaker by Lublóy Zoltán

Bicycle Tire Belts

Reused bicycle tires as belts by 1mindeg

Reused Bicycle Tire Necklace

Reused bicycle tires as necklace by 1mindegy

Art Watches

Amazing art watches by Óra Mü

Art Watches

Amazing art watches by Óra Mü

Art Watches

Amazing art watches by Óra Mü

Just For Dogs

Stately dog leashes by Márton Strohner, JFD.

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Toilet Signs from Around the World

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I love seeing and photographing bathroom signs and pictograms during my travels. Signs can often surprise you and tell you a good deal more about the culture and you anticipate. Check out these Flickr groups dedicated to bathroom/toilet signage from around the world.
Restroom Signs
Bathroom Signs
Gender Signs

Flags By Color

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In his Flags By Color project, Shahee Ilyas uses a list of countries generated by The World Factbook along with the world’s national flag images fetched from Wikipedia to produce a series of charts that break down the color proportions for each flag. These proportions of color are then displayed in a single chart revealing the color proportions of all of the flags of the world combined. This project was generated entirely with script.

Tracking the Progress of H1N1 Swine Flu

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This dynamic map and the data behind it were compiled by Dr. Henry Niman, a biomedical researcher in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, using technology provided by Rhiza Labs and Google. The map was compiled using data from official sources, news reports and user-contributions.

Fabrica lectures: Yu Hua “My Uncanny and Amusing China”

On Friday 3 October the famous Chinese novelist Yu Hua came to Fabrica for an interesting Lecture titled “My Uncanny and Amusing China”.
He told us about China’s recent history, traditional mindsets, contradictions, extremisms, and hopes in an enterteining and passionated way.
In particular, he told us about his chilhood, when people could not even use the word “love”; about the fast Chinese economic growth in the last 40 years; and then about the big gaps between people’s dreams and desires (from an airplane to a simple pair of shoes!).
In the end, answering to our questions, he talked about the feeling that Democracy is going to be the political goal his country is looking for.
And yet, after having talked about unbelieveble and crazy episodes of his life we can hardly imagine, he could not but smile referring to Italian democracy.
As people sometimes may feel ashamed of what happened in the past, I feel ashamed of “My well known and funny Italy” today!

Power to (or from?) the music!

If you are in Rotterdam and you wanna have an “energetic” dancing night, Watt is finally open and the Sustainable Dance Floor is a reality.

During the last workshop at Fabrica, Cameron Sinclair asked the students to imagine a soccer team club for young people in Zambia. Thinking of the importance of music and dance in that country, Lars, Pushkar, Priya and I tried to think of how to produce electricity and save consumptions.
That’s how I discovered Sustainable Dance Club.
SDC invented an Energy Generating Dance Floor that converts the movement of the dancing
crowd into electricity and uses this power to change the
appearance of the floor’s surface.
All visuals are a continuous real-time interaction between the
clubbers on the floor made visible, allowing every individual’s
actions to contribute to the collective experience.

Doing your part for the environment doesn’t have to be boring

they say…
but that’s spectacular isn’t it?

1kg More

ARS Electronica, Golden Nica Digital Communities
This is a wonderful project. This website is a tool for helping provide rural schools in China with resources they are lacking. The organisation is targeting backpackers in China (of which there are about 300, 000, 000 per year) as their contributors and distributers. They ask them to carry one more kilo in their backpack in the form of books, stationary and other resources to a school along their journey. Backpackers can use the website to get information on the schools in areas they are visiting and connect with them. It’s a really nice way for travellers to give back to the places they are visiting, and meet local people.
At the moment the site is only in Chinese, but hopefully we’ll see other languages in the future.

Beijing’s pictograms

The Pictograms of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games integrate pictographic charm of inscriptions on bones and bronze objects in ancient China with simplified embodiment of modern graphics to make them recognizable and easy to use.

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