What is Cascade Network?
Cascade Network is a Web VR knowledge sharing system underpinned by blockchain designed with communities towards the creation of self-sovereign cultural and communication networks. Using techniques like 360 video, binaural audio recording, photogrammetry as well as more experimental interactive solutions to document stories, wisdom and oral tradition with techniques that emphasise embodied communication and the land. Each network is designed by the community itself to fascilitate a digital portal that strengthens vital intangible culture and value exchange.
The Cascade Network was born at the Climate Talks in Paris 2015. The Cop21 clustered activists, artists, technologists and earth citizens to collaborate towards communicating the needs of the planet and diverse communities: particularly those communities on the front lines of the Climate Crisis. Creative collaboration exploring how immersive media streams can serve to communicate sustainable ecologies and cultural diversity developed focus across the years.
Festival of Climate Ideas ONCA ︎︎
The Cascade effort brings together networks of creative relationships that connect community leaders and people in the Pacific islands of Vanuatu with artists, cultural producers, NGOs and technologists (see "Project Origin & Networks"). The Cascade connects those working across arts, media and indigenous rights and sovereignty: the Leweton Community in Vanuatu, Further Arts, TransArtAlliance, The Water Bearers, Intercreate and WISN: it is grounded in an understanding of the complexity of the issues of indigenous sovereignty.
This network grows through the integrity of long-established relationships with an openness to the potentials of digital technology. During this digital sea-change we hold the sense that - with trust, care and mutual respect - there are radical solutions emerging that can empower strengthen and protect creative cultural ownership and the thriving of ways of knowing alternative to the Western paradigm.