Thursday – July 27
Weather conditions: 20degrees, blue skies
I travelled into Tampere with Kati and Ignacio. Ignacio was leaving the residency and heading off to Estonia to participate in a conference. As for me, the purpose of the trip was to purchase a drone. It's strange that I would be the one purchasing a drone. Two weeks earlier Ignacio and I had made this same journey, one of the intents was for him to purchase a drone for his trip to Sweden. In the end the drone was never purchased as the Swedish activists had one and were happy to share the footage. On his return from Sweden, Ignacio showed me some of the forest footage that the activist had taken. Upon viewing it I came to realise that the drone would enable me to capture a broader perspective of the forest. The footage I had been gathering didn’t give an indication of the scale of the logged landscape. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to purchase the drone on the day, but it was ordered.
Saturday - July 29
Weather conditions: 21degrees, blue skies with rain
I rose early and travelled back to Tampere by bus as the drone was in the shop waiting to be pick it up. I was delighted that they were able to get it in stock so quickly. The purchase was made and I had the rest of the day to explore the city as the next bus back to Mänttä was at 7:05pm. It was a leisurely day. I roamed the streets taking in the architecture, I ate lunch at Gopals, did some sound recording and then made my way back to the train station where the bus arrived a short time later to pick me up. I was itching to get back to the residency house and unpack the drone. I didn’t sleep that night as there were many YouTube tutorials to watch.
Monday - July 31
Weather conditions: 19degrees, overcast
After a lot of research I finally felt confident to take the drone out for a test flight in the museum courtyard. It was late in the evening so there was no one to disturb. I have to say the drone is pretty darn noisey. Early on in the day I had tried the computer simulator, which turned out to be an absolute failure. I had no understanding of what the controls were doing. I figure the courtyard would be a good testing ground as there was nothing I could crash into. Hum, I was mistaken, after 10minutes of flying I flew it into a shrub and then did a crash landing into the flowerbed, fortunately nothing was damaged. It was late so I decided to call it a night, I went back to the residency house and whiled away a few more hours watching YouTube tutorials whilst mucking around with the drone settings. Monday wasn’t all about the drone. I cycled down to Kinnaskoski Oy , which is a saw mill about 12kms from Mänttä. There I got some good recordings of the Nordautomation, a log sorting machine.
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The Bogong Centre for Sound Culture is a remote-regional cultural initiative situated in the foothills of Victoria’s Alpine National Park. Established by Philip Samartzis and Madelynne Cornish the Centre supports projects focusing on the processes and impacts of sustainable energy production; effects of climate change in wilderness areas; ethnographic studies of remote communities; the chronicling of vanishing industrial procedures; and systems of representation used to render natural and built environments.
Additionally, the BCSC facilitates a broad cultural program comprising, festivals, exhibitions, publications, master classes and artists’ talks focusing on site-specific art practices. These programs establish a connection with place, its inhabitants, geographic space and memory. They engage a wide range of audiences, bringing together local, interstate and international artists across multiple disciplines and fields to realise ambitious works.
The BCSC is situated at the newly restored old school at Bogong Alpine Village located 350 kilometres from Melbourne in North East Victoria.
About Bogong Village
Bogong Alpine Village is 325 kilometres North-East of Melbourne situated at an altitude of 800 meters in the Alpine National Park between Mount Beauty and Falls Creek. The village was established in the late 1930s to service the first hydroelectric scheme in mainland Australia. More recently it has become a popular site for alpine sports, recreation and ecotourism. Click here for directions.
A Short History
Work on the Kiewa Scheme commenced in 1938 with the construction of a road from Tawonga to the High Plains. Previously the only access was by foot or horseback along tracks that had been forged by cattlemen of a bygone era. Bogong Village was established once the road from Junction Camp was trafficable (March 1939); this paved the way for the construction of permanent buildings. Prior to that life was tough; large canvas tents and flies were used for sleeping quarters and smaller tents were set up to house the kitchens. By 1940 Bogong Township had grown considerably with a general store, staff offices, recreational mess, police station, and a variety of accommodation such as single men’s quarters and residences for married staff and families.
Bogong State School
In 1941 the Primary School at Bogong Village enrolled its first intake of students comprising nine pupils. Initially the school consisted of a large classroom, storeroom and boys and girls toilets. Extensions were carried out in 1944, which expanded the capabilities of the school. A library, storeroom, pupil’s lunchroom and shelter shed were added and rock gardens were established. By 1947 the number of students had grown to 46 all of whom were children of local SEC workers. Over the years class sizes fluctuated and the building remained unchanged. In 1980 it ceased to operate as a school and sat idle, eventually falling into disrepair. In 2004 it was sold along with many other buildings in the village.
Madelynne Cornish and Philip Samartzis bought the Old School and set about restoring it to its former glory. The rotting weatherboards and floorboards, smashed windows and flaking paint are now a distant memory. The newly refurbished building occupies it’s original footprint and bares a strong resemblance to it’s former self. Although the internals have been modernized remnants of it’s past history remain. The Old School once played a significant role in the fabric of village life. It inspired the community and helped shape the minds of those who studied there. It is our intention as custodians that the School once again functions as a place of inspiration.
Reference: Kiewa Kids School Days at Bogong & Mount Beauty by Graham Gardner
ISBN 0-646-36226-7. Published 1998
Thursday – July 27