Call for Investigative Cartographers!

City of Lights LED map made for TEDxADL

City of Lights LED map made for TEDxADL

Open call for 12 people to join our project at Floating Land Festival and Balance/Unbalance Conference, 26th May – 9th June 2013.

:::::: UPDATE :::::: DEADLINE EXTENDED to Fri 24th May at NOON (we will inform everyone by Fri evening).

“We” are Fee Plumley (@feesable) & Kate Chapman (@wonderchook). Specifically, Fee is a nomadic geek artist from UK and a permanent resident of Australia and Kate is a technologist geographer from US currently based in Indonesia. We enjoy exploring the way people perceive where they are & how they navigate through open source technologies and human contact.

“You” are an adult professional with an interest in creative experimentation, open source technologies and navigation. More than that we do not know, which is why we’re sending out this invitation. You may be a local to Noosa or a visitor here for the festival; you might be an artist, scientist, teacher, technologist or academic (or one of many other things); you might already be a geek or perhaps an enthusiastic newbie. We really don’t mind so long as you are passionate and curious and willing to commit some of your time over two weeks of the Floating Land Festival & Balance/Unbalance Conference.


Using a combination of OpenStreetMap online mapping technology, extremely basic electronics and our natural instinct to explore and share, Fee and Kate will run a two-day Masterclass and public program with twelve selected participants.

During the Masterclass we will explore how we perceive the locations we occupy and what we gain or lose in communicating those perceptions with others. Through these two days we will collaboratively develop a public program in which Floating Land & Balance/Unbalance delegates can engage in a process resulting in an open source physical and digital artifact that can be added to long after the festival has ended.


We have a lot to achieve in a very short space of time, and most importantly we want to build a legacy that can continue after we have gone. If you are interested taking one of twelve positions you must commit to being available for the following dates:

26th May – social BBQ to meet and get to know each other (including meeting the rbrt bus, homeJames!).

27/28th May – two-day intensive Masterclass both working through a creative process and developing a program that you yourselves will run with delegates during the festival.

30th May – an opportunity to trial / talk about our new program at Mill Point (don’t worry, we’ll be there too).

3rd-5th June – run the program for Floating Land participants (with Fee & Kate attending).

5th-9th June – run the program alone (with Fee & Kate participating remotely).

NB: for 3rd-9th sessions a rotating schedule can be arranged at flexible times to enable real life to continue at the same time.


Excellent! Now, we only have twelve places, so we want to know a little bit more about you so we can build the right team. If you submit an expression of interest below but we aren’t able to fit you in you will be given first dibs on public sessions to make sure you still have a great experience.

This reallybigroadtrip artwork has been supported by Sunshine Coast Council (Economic Development) to expand the awareness and opportunities for digital culture on the Sunshine Coast. This capacity building project is designed to inspire the developing digital economy and capitalise on the opportunities for community engagement around the NBN roll out on the Sunshine Coast.

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