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Flatbread Society Seed Journey

This journey to the Middle East can be seen as an awakening of the memory—the long journey the grain itself has taken—through the hands of time.

-Michael Taussig

Seed Journey is a seafaring voyage connected to a public art project* in the former port of Bjørvika in Oslo, Norway. Seed Journey moves people, ideas and seeds through time and space. This voyage—its crew and cargo—are agents that link the commons as they relate to local networks and a more global complex of seed savers and stewards of the land, air and water. A rotating crew of artists, anthropologists, biologists, bakers, activists, sailors and farmers join the journey and share their findings at host institutions along the route from small harbors to large ports from barns to museums (contemporary art, natural history and maritime) to social centers.


Seed Journey departs from the port of Oslo, Norway beginning with a few key defining points and space for new stops and invitations along the way. The crew’s interests will influence the route, but ultimately grains are the compass. Seed Journey maps not only space, but also time and phylogeny: while the more familiar space yields a cartographic map, time yields history and phylogeny yields a picture of networks of relationships between and among living beings—relationships between cultural groups, but also between human and non-human living forms such as seeds, sea-life and the terrestrial species from the various places and times we will traverse.



Flatbread Society is a permanent public art project created in a “common” area amidst the waterfront development of Bjørvika, in Oslo, Norway. In 2012, the international arts collective, Futurefarmers formed Flatbread Society as a proposition for working with local actors to establish an aligned vision for the use of this land. The groups’ dynamic activation of the site through public programs, a bakehouse and a cultivated grain field has attracted the imagination of farmers, bakers, oven builders, artists, activists, soil scientists, city officials; while simultaneously resulting in the formation of an urban gardening community called Herligheten, a Declaration of Land Use, and a permanent grainfield and bakehouse.

Flatbread Society has extended beyond Oslo into a network of projects and people that use grain as a prismatic impetus to consider the interrelationship of food production to realms of knowledge sharing, cultural production, socio-political formations and everyday life.

Flatbread Society is part of Bjørvika Utvikling (BU) public art program Slow Space, commissioned and produced by Bjørvika Utvikling and supported by The Norwegian Public Road Authroities (Eastern Region)."
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january 2017 by robertogreco
Captain David Ryan | Sailing Montauk's Catamaran Mon Tiki: Charter Trips , Sunset Cruises, Private Parties and Corporate Events at the East End of Long Island
"Hi! I’m Captain David Ryan. Welcome to our web site, and welcome to Montauk! Since I’m going to be your host when we go sailing, how about I tell you a little about myself:

I’ve been in and around the water my whole life and I love it. I grew up just blocks away from La Jolla California’s famous Wind’n’Sea beach. My father taught me to surf and skin dive, and his father taught me to fish.

But sailing wasn’t a part of my family’s heritage. That gift came to me from my best friend, when we were both 10 years old, when he taught me to sail over a weekend visit, in a boat not much bigger than a shoebox. That was more than 35 years ago, and since then sailing has become a very important part of my family’s life.

My wife Amelia I have lived in Montauk since 1997. I built my first boat in 1999, and my wife and I took our maiden voyage in the Lil’ Winnie when my wife was pregnant with our first child. As our family grew, the boats grew, and the adventures got bigger. In 2008, when our daughters were 8 and 2 we cruised the Bahamas in a 38′ sloop. In 2010 we visited the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean.

In 2011 we began construction on S/V Mon Tiki, the first US Coast Guard Inspected Passenger Sailing Vessel built on the East End of Long Island and the only Inspected Sailing Vessel that calls Montauk its home. Mon Tiki was launched in October of 2012, just in time to face the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. (Mon Tiki came through the storm just fine, snug in her berth at Diamond Cove.)

I hold a US Coast Guard Master Captain’s license with a sailing endorsement. I am certified in CPR, AED, First Aid, and am a PADI certified Open Water SCUBA Diver.

Sailing Montauk/Mon Tiki is a family run, community-oriented business. We built Mon Tiki ourselves with a team of local craftsmen. My wife Amelia runs our web site, and I take the photos. This is our life, our livelihood, and our passion. Every day on the water I go a little deeper into my love affair with wind and waves, I learn another lesson, discover something new about the place we call home. I’d like to personally invite you to come sail on Mon Tiki and continue that voyage of discovery with us.

I’d also like to invite you to discover your own personal paradise on the East End. Whether it’s paddleboarding and kayaking in the early morning quiet on Lake Montauk, a lively afternoon sailing on Block Island Sound, surfing our A+ tropical swells in the late summer and early fall, or just taking in one of our picture perfect sunsets, Montauk truly has it all—and we can’t wait to share it with you!"
davidryan  montauk  boats  sailing  lajolla  montiki 
january 2014 by robertogreco
Trade Route Stories
"I set sail July 2011 for a year-long adventure: sail Eastbound around the globe by cargo ship and spend time in port cities en route. I boarded a total of 7 ships to travel across the Atlantic, through the Mediterranean, past the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, and through the South China Sea to Shanghai. Then, one last ship took me across the Pacific, through the Panama Canal and back to the East Coast where I started.

I made this journey to A) see global trade in action and B) collect stories from the sailors whose work keeps the world running. Back on land, I'm working to share these stories through writing and film, and bringing in collaborators through a series of trans-media storytelling labs.

Visit this link to see the route I traveled:

Read my updates from global ports of call:

Contact me at allison.swaim at!"

[See also: "Artist Statement/Works in Progress"
"It's Not About the Cargo -- Rough Cut 1" (via Jeeves: )
and "Moments We Live For" ]

[Also see: "Transmedia Documentary Storytelling Lab" ]

"Here’s the latest with Trade Route Stories: I invited a group of 8 Oberlin college student-artists to collaborate over their month-long January term. We dove into my hard-drives of audio interviews, photos, video footage and writing. Each student transcribed one sailor’s interview… shared the transcripts with the group… and created all sorts of art-pieces to share and honor the sailors’ stories. The month culminated in an exhibit and performance featuring monologues, performance pieces, an interactive poem installation, songs, bound books, videos and sound pieces."
trade  film  video  allisonswaim  2013  cargo  cargoships  storytelling  trans-media  darkmatterproject  traderouts  ships  sailing  global  travel  movement 
may 2013 by robertogreco

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