Tag Archive: Sustainability

Mehmet Ali’s Wunderkammer

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Yesterday, our host Willemijn introduced us to Mehmet Ali – a local artist and antique trader. He has the most wonderful collection of old maps, bric a brac, kilims and furniture. I find his… Continue reading

First steps for Cultural Strangers

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Today we started to set up a studio space in a cave next to the Babayan Culture House. This is where we will construct an installation piece that we can move from location… Continue reading

Rumi’s poetry

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I am finding many of Rumi’s poems very powerful and meaningful, both as life lessons and in the context of spirituality. Here is a few more I discovered today. The first one seems… Continue reading

Ibrahimpaşa – the village off the Google Map

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We arrived at Ibrahimpaşa last night, the place where we will be doing our residency for the next month at the Babayan Culture House.   One of the things that I think is… Continue reading

Rumi and Sufism

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In an earlier post we explored briefly the Mawlawi Order and Women and Sufism. We were very pleased that our humble posts have been listed as references on another blog (Earth Pages) by… Continue reading

Istanbul and ISEA2011 – physical and virtual access

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One of the biggest challenges we have experienced in Istanbul is actually working out where we are on the map. It is relatively easy to identity significant sites like the Hagia Sofia, The… Continue reading

Istanbul – a hybrid city of contrasts

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To state that Istanbul is an impressive city would be somewhat of an understatement. It is an overwhelming place, with over 14 million inhabitants and crossing two continents. Istanbul is total sensory overload,… Continue reading

Map Symbology

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When producing a map it is important to choose mapping symbols that can be easily understood by the map reader. When using colour there are some fairly obvious conventions, particularly for topographic maps,… Continue reading

The Hereford Map – layering geography, history and theology

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Today we watched part of a wonderful documentary titled “The Beauty of Maps”, which was forwarded to us from a friend (thanks Bron!) from the wonderful Brain Pickings blog. Anyway, the main focus… Continue reading

Gallipoli – a cultural connection

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So much of my thinking leading up to this trip has focused on how to engage with Turkey as cultural strangers, as people who have no direct connection to the culture and history… Continue reading