We are setting up a library of art and scientific data for project co-creators and followers to witness, contribute to and share in their story telling. The hope is that this experience brings an expanded, immersive, more holistic view to everyone involved.
The library will be made for sharing and growing stories that come from lands and waterways between Australia and Antarctica – stories expressed through the languages of art and scientific data. Art and data will give voice to ocean creatures and their relatives on land to reveal connections between Dreaming stories and Western science. Project co-creators and followers will be able to contribute to further sharing and growing knowledge. A virtual cyclic journey between Antarctica and Australia will reflect diverse experiences of country. The cyclic journey will also open up possibilities for reimagining the world as a whole, and for understanding the Antarctic Treaty, and all treaties, as agreements people make for sustaining life well together.
One idea for the online interface is inspired by scientist Claire Sives as she makes paper cut-out star fish, and by my reading of ‘five minds’ described by Tyson Ynukaporta in his book, Sand Talk (2019, pp168-171):
kinship-mind, story-mind, dreaming-mind, ancestor-mind, pattern-mind.
The idea is that the five minds work as portals, or lenses, for people to immerse themselves in images, sounds and animations, that scientists and other artists are freely sharing to tell their stories of relationships that sustain the natural world.
Stories told through art and scientific data are selected and arranged in the library according to how they reflect the five ways of learning and remembering identified by Yunkaporta.