Walking the Wall Blog

October 4, 2006 § 3 Comments

This is one way to use a blog to compliment a major exhibition. From what I can see the conversation is between the walkers and their immediate circle of friends so far. It will be interesting to see if any of the visitors to the exhibition start to contribute. There is a  card handed out at the exhibition to promote the blog and of course there is a link entitled ‘travel blog’ on the Phm’s dedicated The Great Wall of China exhibition site at http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/walkingthewall/

 Walking the Wall follows the 3000 kilometre journey of Brendan Fletcher and Emma Nicholas along the Great Wall of China.Walking The Wall is associated with the Great Wall Of China exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.


§ 3 Responses to Walking the Wall Blog

  • Francesca says:

    I went and saw the GWC exhibition yesterday, being school holidays it was crowded, I’ll have to return to see everything BUT what I did see was quite amazing. There is no photography allowed in the exhibition so I can’t post any images here, on Flickr or anywhere – must find out exactly why that is, I imagine it has something to do with flash damage/security/copyright/annoying picture taking visitors. Highlights of his initial visit include the military ceremonial costumes from the Qing dynasty and a hunting chair that uses antelopes for the seat back.

    *THE BLOG*
    The least crowded room was the final one that explored the GWC in modern times, here I got to look at the GWC through the filter of marketing and tourism. I found an old postcard from the GWC addressed to Blanche Mertz from Pennsylvania. It was particularly evocative, the personal handwritten note somehow encapsulated the western experience of China at the turn of the last century. Just before the exit to the exhibition and entrance to the shop there is the 21st century version of that postcard, a long monitor showing the walking the wall blog (http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/walkingthewall/). The blog requires more attention than the postcard but is just as personal as Blanche’s postcard. The intimate conversational writing style, the beautiful snapshots of the travellers and the scenery they encounter, along with personal greetings from friends and relatives make this a multi-dimentional postcard. The fact that I can also contribute as someone who has seen the exhibition adds another dimension again. It was interesting to note that whilst I stood in that room – for 10 minutes or so it was mainly school age children who were attracted to the monitor.

    Now I’m listening to the podcast available on the Phm website (http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/audio/Great_Wall_podcast.mp3) The text entreats us to Join ABC’s Philippa McDonald as she chats with exhibition curator Dr Claire Roberts. Although this is an interesting Q&A I was disappointed that the blog wasn’t mentioned in the interview, how does the curator view the blog? Is it an experiment and something that will be reviewed after the exhibition is over.

  • Idetrorce says:

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

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