Today's Creative Show & Tell by the Dream Team really doesn't have a theme; it's just the coolest, most creative things we've individually come across in the week gone by. But one thing that does happen every week, without fail, is an intelligent, sometimes funny, conversation about real life issues. This week: feminism and The Universe. Who knows what's up next week?! Enjoy...
INSPO #1 // Pale Blue Dot - Carl Sagan
You know those moments when you feel completely overwhelmed, or that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach and that lump in your throat when you think you really messed up? What's your coping mechanism? This is mine. Nothing makes me feel more inspired, humbled and grateful than watching this video or reading this except from his book: Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.
Carl Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences. Many scholars place Carl Sagan among the greatest scientists of our time. He is an inspiration to me for his tireless efforts to get people to open their minds and see themselves as part of the tapestry of the universe, not beings 'created' separately. He married science and spiritually, two previously opposite ends of the spectrum. At the end of the day, each day, we need to remember we are on this tiny dot, suspended in a sunbeam. We are the only life forms in this vast cosmic universe. It is our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and preserve and cherish this pale blue dot - the only home we've ever known.
Renata, Graphic Designer & Photographer
INSPO #2 // The Ladies Network
In a bid to encourage myself to ‘get out there’, I revisited a collective that I had previously seen and thought ‘That's awesome, I should get involved’, but never did. Sounds familiar, hey? The Ladies Network is a collective of women who came together to showcase the creative talents of other women. Their tagline perfectly sums up their goal: The Ladies Network is a platform where we can all be fans of female creative talent. Although the initial idea was made on the back of having a lot of creative female friends who weren’t showing their work, The Ladies Network has made a natural development into becoming a place and encapsulation for feminist art. With only around 5% of women being represented in permanent major art collections worldwide, and 51% of artists today being female, it's easy to see why there is such a back to support a community that facilitates women's confidence and growth in a "boys club"-ish art world.
While being a collective, run by women, for women, its easy to confuse inclusion with exclusion. Why does one gender have to be excluded to highlight another? It comes down to supporting females, not comparing genders. Men are encouraged to be involved through the support in the exhibitions (or art parties). The Ladies Network want everyone to gain something from the collective and raise awareness and this can be seen with the next exhibition harbouring the theme of community and collaboration. To show that women can be fans of women and work together, subverting the idea of a competitive gender as is so often portrayed in popular media.
The next exhibition is on the 13th November, from 6-9pm at aMBUSH Gallery.
Nadia, Creative Intern
INSPO #3 // Aleks Danko
A month ago I went to the MCA to absorb some well-needed art culture. I stumbled across the Aleks Danko exhibition on the third floor and immediately it was love at first sight. You enter a room with a wall littered with "Ha Ha"s, trick bricks, art stuffing sacks in corners and the whole space was beautifully curated with this satirical typographic artwork that is right up my ally. It was a typographic wonderland. I did not want to leave and loved it to the point where I took this photo ... as a result, I won myself a goodies bag!
Aleks Danko is an Australian-born artist that was known for his strong opinion of social and political issues about Australian society. This is cleverly disguised by a full dose of wit. He is heavily influence by his Ukranian background and the idea of migration in Australian. When he started school, because English is his second language, he quickly realised the power of language and how he could utilise it in his art.
Rachel, Graphic Designer
INSPO #4 // The Goodwill Tribe
This week, something happened that I’ve been waiting for all my life. While minding my own business, mooching around Glebe markets, I was offered my first ever. (drum roll please) … FREE HUG!! Seriously, though. I’ve witnessed so many people being offered free hugs by strangers in my lifetime and not once has anybody approached me. Said hug was given by a member of 'The Goodwill Tribe’ - a collective of people who "believe in the power of kindness and human connection to create positive change”. Obviously I spent the next half an hour gushing over their stall and finding out what exactly they do, which is pretty amazing. The Goodwill tribe operate in three cities - Dubai, Bangalore and now Sydney, and dream of spreading globally.
On 8 November they've organised a Dance For Kindness Flashmob, which in Sydney is near The Opera House, but is also taking place in cities all over the world. The idea is to feel a sense of unity and spread the message of kindness. Another of their events (my personal favourite) is their Love Letter Party, where a group of people gather to write out beautiful hand-written letters to anybody who has emailed in with a request. Visit The Goodwill Tribe on Facebook: The Goodwill Tribe - Sydney. And please help spread the kindness initiative by coming along to their Flashmob dance: 8th November, 11am, Circular Quay East, Sydney.
Jo, Creative Coordinator
INSPO #5 // Phonebloks
My Creative Show & Tell video today is in response to Tara's disappointment and guilt last week, over having to throw out a couple of laptops that would've cost more to get fixed than simply buy new computers. Wasteful world, capitalism, consumerism, etc etc. Enter a cool project by Dave Hakkens called Phonebloks. You might've seen this a couple of years ago when he launched the campaign around the world. They managed to reach 380,000,000 (yes, you read that right!) within a month of releasing this video.
He (and a team of volunteers) is on a mission to change the way technology is built, used and discarded as waste, and move towards a more sustainable, collaborative approach to the way phones are developed. The gist is the phone is made of blocks that can be upgraded, replaced or repaired as individual features (i.e. camera block, battery block, separate screen) so you don't have to throw out the whole phone. They're trying to connect bigger phone and electronic companies to spread the message and work together using their respective awesome skills. The project is now called Project Ara and they've developed a smartwatch BLOCKS that you can customise to suit your needs, with the same basic idea as Phonebloks. Follow their blog to discover the newest developments in the technology. The future is here!
What I find most amazing about this video is the fact that one guy noticed a problem, and came up with a creative solution to affect change in the world, while banding together like-minded people with different skills to help bring it to life. Also, the power of video.
INSPO #6 // Selfridges no logos
When I was living in London a few years ago, one Christmas the department store Selfridges did a special promotion called 'No Noise'. It was all about slowing everything down during the crazy holiday season, "celebrating the power of quiet" and it was amazing. I remember going shopping in a section where you had to take off your shoes and browse in total silence; it was so relaxing! There were huge group meditation sessions run by Headspace and shoppers had to hand over their mobile devices.
"As we become increasingly bombarded with information and stimulation, the world is becoming a noisier place… In an initiative that goes beyond retail, the unique project invites you to celebrate the power of quiet, see the beauty in function and find calm among the crowds." See more here
The best thing was that heaps of big brands had the logos and branding removed from their products in the 'Quiet Room', where you could shop without the name attached. It makes you think, would you buy an Alexander McQueen tee if it didn't have the label? Or is it the label that we buy? It's also interesting to see that a lot of the products are still recognisable without the logos. The power of branding!
Tara, Founder & Creative Director
The Dream Team xx