John Thakara event

September 6, 2007 at 10:53 pm Leave a comment

He runs the Doors of Perception events and I think his events are far better than TED, and from what I know, than poptech. here’s an event he did in the UK as part of a year long series of events and research. His understanding of complexity mirrors my own, and I will be talking about events in seven minutes with someone.

Highlights of the weekend included a 12-strong team of teenagers Parkour performers (free-runners) creating a stunning spectacle in the City Centre and Wharton Park; a team of blind and partially sighted mappers exploring access in real detail; Triker 12 and Eritrean Adam, the energetic and vocal wheelchair team checking Park gradients and speeds; Readers of the Lost Art publicly creating the new Necklace Park historical graphic novel, chapter by chapter, in front of fascinated onlookers; a team of Belmont schoolchildren working with noted architects De Matos Storey Ryan to explore Belmont Viaduct; Play Mappers weekend-long creation of the Park “plike” (play hike); the Origami Mappers, Kit and Bridie Performance Mapping, the Busking Mappers, the Human Map, the Gazebo Boys, the Pinhole Mappers, the Wild Food Mappers; Venezuelan artist Cipriano Martinez creating a new multi-part “chaos mapping” piece especially for Mapping the Necklace; noted designer Simon Cavelle arriving from Australia to colour map the Necklace; Durham University Professor Alan Purvis and his team testing their new real time GPS tracking device through necklace Mappers; the Disorienteers mapping their life, loves, leisure and louche thoughts ;the Twinned City and Postcard Mapping; the Hindsight Mappers revising for their A-Levels; the unveiling of the first tiles of the New College art students’ ceramic mural Necklace Map; and the welcome return of the Shelter Girls, who helped start the whole process off a year ago.

Mappers clustered and logged in and out at the Necklace Park upload centre Clayport Library, spreading out daily into the 12 miles of the Durham Necklace Park where they met filmmakers to record their exploits. Many met on Sunday for a sunny Old Durham Gardens picnic and experience-sharing as guests of Dott 07 (and met Dott 07 Programme Director John Thackara, Design Festival Producer, Andy Hudson and Executive Producer Robert O’Dowd and his Mapping Daughters), and later in Fowlers Yard for locally brewed “Mellow Mapper” ale and more music.


Entry filed under: complexityevents.

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