In the first post on this blog, I wrote about the reason why I started it. I wrote I wanted to work on utopian art projects again (like I did when I was young), and don’t know where to start. But I just realized, writing the Utopian Children’s Book post, that I actually was part of three utopian projects not that long ago:
Amazing Women of History
The idea was to make, share and remix art under the Free Culture License, telling the stories of all the amazing women of history nobody knows about. I think seeing female role models would inspire girls and boys to dream bold futures. I created free coloring pages, a game sprite, and even made 3rd place at Europe’s first live crowdfunding festival in Berlin (whose website is not online anymore, which I find annoying – only thing left is their crowdfunding campaign). But I found myself alone. It’s no fun to remix that way, and so I gave up (for now).
I think that’s the reason I almost forgot about it. Not nice to abandon your dreams.
(Also please remind me to never use “Hi there” in a blog again or promise any future posts)
If you think it was a good project , and it’s sad I gave up (even if you don’t), go help Anita Sarkeesian get her wonderful project funded (only 5 days left) :
Announcing “Ordinary Women” Crowdfunding Campaign
The more people hear these stories, the more people might want to create all kinds of art about these women, and maybe then there will be a chance to remix together.
Visions of the Future
You can read about it here.
I think it slipped my mind, because being part of the first E-learning and Digital Cultures Mooc was an utopian experience. I remembered that much more than my own project. Thinking about it now, the collaboration and fun I had during that time, inspired me to create Amazing Women of History.
INTO THE WILD re:publica 14
How could I ever forget? I didn’t. This was by far the biggest and most beautiful project my partner Paula and I worked on so far. The amazing feeling of creating an atmosphere for so many people coming together to communicate and collaborate,being part of the wonderful team making re:publica possible. I have no idea why I didn’t think of it, when I wrote that first blog post.