Friday, November 19th

Artist's Talk

Two nights ago we had our artist's talk at YYZ Artist's Outlet, where we showed some videos of the stashes being discovered and discussed the projects in more depth.

Some interesting revelations came out of the talk. The most interesting point, I think, was that while Geocaching focuses on the hunt and hardly at all on the object that is found, our Geostashing project focuses almost entirely on the objects that were found and not nearly as much on the trek to find it. This wasn't put forward as a virtue or a flaw, but just a different kind of approach that resulted from putting so much emphasis on the contents of the stash from the very beginning.

Here's a shot of us at the table, with the banana bread that we gave away visible in the corner!
From left to right: Willy Le Maitre, Paola Poletto, Jon Sasaki, Gabe Sawhney, Jason Van Horne, and Duncan Walker.
MichelleKasprzak on 11.19.04 @ 08:56 PM EST [link]

Tuesday, November 16th

Artist's Talk - Wednesday!

If you are in the Toronto area, come hear the Geostash artists speak about their experiences firsthand! Snack on the banana bread we created in Mission #4! Hear the soundtracks that Willy created for Mission #5! All this and more at:

YYZ Artists Outlet
Wednesday November 17th: 7-9pm
401 Richmond Street West, suite 140, Toronto

Artists Presenting:
Jason Van Horne & Duncan Walker
Shawn Micallef & Gabe Sawhney
Paola Poletto & Jon Sasaki
Willy Le Maitre
* Slavica Ceperkovic's work will be presented by the curators.

MichelleKasprzak on 11.16.04 @ 04:52 PM EST [link]

Tuesday, November 2nd

Thanks to everyone!

The Geostash weekend was successful, surprising, and all-consuming. We had a great time and were impressed with the diversity of the projects. I'm working on cutting the video documentation now, and will post a notice here when it's ready. In the meantime, I look forward to blog posts from our Geostash participants with their thoughts on the experience. Of course I also look forward to our artists' talk at YYZ Artist's Outlet on November 17, and for those not in the Toronto area, I will post a summary of the presentations at that talk here on the blog.
MichelleKasprzak on 11.02.04 @ 06:45 PM EST [link]

FIND - Mission #5

Early Sunday morning, we met with Jason Van Horne and Duncan Walker, who were assigned to Willy's stash. The coordinates led us into Mount Pleasant Cemetary. Soon they discovered a stash behind a tombstone marked "Nixon". They opened the display case and took out two portable CD players, which were to provide the soundtrack for the experience.

They were led into a nearby ravine, where the experience continued. The GPS coordinates led them into a series of tunnels, where they discovered a second stash containing a light and some fortifications for their journey. The tone was set by the "Nixon" tombstone, with inscriptions above tunnel entries referring to different periods in American history, for example the "Black Gold" tunnel, referring to the recent wars in the Middle East.

The GPS coordinates kept them on track, leading them further into the ravine. The tunnels were full of water from a weekend of rain, causing our intrepid explorers to occasionally be obliged to empty water out of their boots.

The path continued in and out of tunnels, sometimes causing our artists/explorers to hang on when the terrain seemed rough. After leaving several tunnels, the last exit came at the end of the longest tunnel (complete with huge resident spiders).

An appropriately big finish to a big weekend!
MichelleKasprzak on 11.02.04 @ 01:00 AM EST [link]

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