The long way around

Last week we received a message from some French artists, who had met a former student, Bagar Akbay, of ours in Istanbul. They had set off almost three years ago from the western tip of Brittany to ride around the world, experimenting with open source software and communities as they went. Calling their project Geocyclab, they have been riding, documenting and occasionally experimenting as they go.

In Linz they have not been experimenting, but have been excited to see and hear about our work with Mind the Map, Raspberry Pis, gardens, illustration/graphics, migration, water and more. And they made lunch!

Roxanne, Barth and Fanch discussing with Christoph from Swemmland and Stief over lunch.

Roxanne, Barth and Fanch discussing with Christoph from Swemmland and Stief over lunch.

The usual way from France to here is across Germany. Going the other way is a grand adventure, with three years of work in it. With only five weeks until it will be exactly three years since they left France, the group is eager to be on their way. They have been and will be visiting other groups around Linz: the Eleonore and Filefound, their artists in residence, the Bike Kitchen, Schwemmland and perhaps a few more. They were surprised to find out how small Linz is; there is a lot going on for such a small town.

Two long travelled recliner bikes in the workshop. To be found: dust from Turkey, Georgia, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, the US, Mexico, Senegal, Morocco and even some from Europe.

Two long travelled recliner bikes in the workshop. To be found: dust from Turkey, Georgia, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, the US, Mexico, Senegal, Morocco and even some from Europe.

In a day or two the Geocyclab will set off to cross Germany then France. With luck we will see them in Nantes for our Vernissage, or soon after. We look forward to hearing about what they have done after they re-establish themselves after 3 years of nomadic action.

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