Slowflow invites artists, technologists and environmentalists on a journey down the Whanganui River by double hulled 22 person waka haurua (canoe) and bicycle, creating a setting for a flow of conversations – Te Ia Kōrero. Slowflow imagines living in a post carbon future where physical transport has slowed to human speed, energy use is constrained and renewable, production is collaborative and relocalised. First held in 2009, the 2011 event will be the third journey to-date and will immediately follow the SCANZ 2011 residency. Please contact Julian and Greenbench for further information at i n f o at greenbench . o r g.
Julian Priest is an artist and independent researcher living and working in New Zealand. He was co-founder of early wireless free network community Consume.net in London U.K.. He became an activist and advocate for the free networking movement and has pursued wireless networking as a theme in fields of arts, development, and policy. Since 2005 he has developed an artistic practice around participatory and collaborative forms and has shown works internationally in the U.K., Latvia, Germany and New Zealand. He has worked with students and been peer advisor at the Banff New Media Institute in Canada. Priest is currently focused on art practice and his current interests are around the physical and cultural boundaries between technology and the environment.