How does wisdom travel?
What is Cascade Network?
Our mission is to put emerging communication technologies in service to the communication and cultural needs faced by communities relocating or in transition.
Cascade Network is researching and protoyping the creation of self-sovereign cultural and communication networks with communities in the Pacific. Each network is designed and owned by the community itself.
We explore possibilities to support the communication of community wisdom through emphasising traditional creative practices and designing explorative workshops with emerging technologies like Mixed Reality, Web VR and network technology. Artistic community workshops use 360 video, binaural audio recording, photogrammetry and experimental interactive solutions towards documenting stories, intangible culture and oral tradition with techniques that emphasise embodied communication and the land.
The Cascade Network has origin in 2015 at ONCA Gallery’s Festival of Climate Ideas and the #ArtCop21 during the Climate Talks in Paris 2015. The creative protests during Cop21 brought together activists, artists, technologists and earth citizens to stand together for the planet and listen to the communities on the front lines of the Climate Crisis.
During the meeting in Paris, a relationship with the Leweton Community in Vanuatu, the NGO [Further Arts](http://www.furtherarts.org/) and the Cascade project was initiated through artists Sandy Sur, Kate Genevieve and Tom Dick with the support of Sarah Doyle, Dr Leah Barclay and the Balance Unbalance Network.
Festival of Climate Ideas ONCA ︎︎
The Cascade grew through strong relationships between the Leweton Cultural Village, Further Arts, TransArtAlliance, Intercreate, Balance Unbalance, ONCA Gallery, Hitnet, Good of the Whole and WISN and connects diverse networks working across arts, media and indigenous rights.
During the evacuation of Ambae in 2017, the Ambae community asked Further Arts to support them in recording the stories of the island as community members relocate to nearby islands. This invitation galvanised the Cascade Network to explore mobilising the creative and radical potentials of emerging digital technologies towards holding cultural knowledge with the aim of creating research to support the cultural sovereignty of Pacific communities.
The network works together with the intention that - with trust, care and mutual respect - the evolution of progressive network technologies can be in service to creative communities strengthening their cultural ownership in ways that respect and emphasise diverse ways of knowing.