Nomadic Artist Travel Guide

Life as a nomadic artist on a kaleidoscopic trip through Europe’s cultural underground.

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SINGING BRIDGES ARTIST TRAVEL GUIDE

Let me take you on a kaleidoscopic trip through the cultural underground across Europe – and bridges – to experience the highlights and challenges of a precarious artist’s life.

Once I heard the call of a mysterious language vibrating in bridge cables, I followed their strange music around the world, until landing in the creative maelstrom of Berlin.

I lived for the music of bridges. For over a decade, I travelled the world in search of their secret voices, I wanted to hear their cables sing, to uncover the secret language of their vibrations. Hearing the sound of a new bridge is always thrilling, every structure is a sonic adventure. On the bridge you are suspended in space, neither here nor there, lifted above the everyday world in a moment of pure presence, and the possibility of transformation.

Where did it all start?

While Sydney’s Anzac Bridge was under construction, on my way to art school I looked up at the monolithic concrete structure being built over Blackwattle Bay. Somehow the blending of public sculpture, sound, and deconstructive theory swirling in my sleepy brain leads me to wonder; how would this harp-like structure of cables and concrete sound? Could I link bridge cables around the world as instruments in a global bridge symphony? I made my first recording of this bridge in 1995,  taking a team of radio producers and sound engineers from ABC Radio to capture the industrial yet ethereal voice of the cables.

In 2002, following my dream to create a global symphony of bridges, I set out to capture the sounds of these architectural instruments. This quest took me from the Mekong Delta to Rotterdam, Helsinki, Berlin, Bratislava, London, New York and San Francisco.

Moving to Berlin to become a full time artist, the pursuit of creative work involved nearly constant travel and constant financial uncertainty. Thanks to Viator Travel Blog, I supported my artist travels by writing about electronic art & experimental music festivals.

Where will it all end?

This travelogue offers a glimpse into the life of a bridge nomad, traversing the cultural underground across Europe & is a companion to the memoir based on my travel diary.

Join me on the quest for the music of bridges from Sydney to the Mekong Delta, Helsinki, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, via Glasgow, Ljubljana, Singapore, Zagreb, Vilnius and beyond, looking for a bridge of my own, true love and a place to call home.

WHO ARE YOU TO CALL YOURSELF AN ARTIST?

Singing Bridges

Making it up as you go…

Art of Travel

Berlin KlangKunst

Artists in Transit

SURVIVING THE CULTURAL UNDERGROUND

Amsterdam Bossa Nova

Helsinki Madness

Love & Travel

Barcelona Summer of Love

Spanish Pyrenees

Divine Montserrat

Ljubljana sLOVEnia

Summer in Berlin

Staubgold – Music out of Place

ARTIST IN PARIS

Artist in Paris

Feed me, Paris

Paris Canal Cruise

Paris Rocks Art & Music

SURVIVAL ON THE DANUBE

Bridge Guard

Bratislava UFO

Art barge on the Danube

Vienna by boat

Linz Ars Electronica

Cruising the Danube and Rhine

SURVIVING SINGAPORE

3 days in Singapore

Singapore Food Heaven

My Punk Singapore

EXILE IN CROATIA

Exile in Croatia

Zagreb

CITY SONIC SURVIVAL KIT

Maastricht? Yes!

Brussels Curves

Europe in Miniature

Micro Travels: Wallonia, Belgium

Bridges of Besancon

ARTIST LIFE ON THE ROAD

Lost Art of Mass Transit

Budget Travels

Micro Travels: Brittany and Beauvais

Travels in Public Art

Perfume Tour

Boston Audio Tour

New York Underground

Ghosts and Haunted Histories

Berlin Underworld

GLASGOW GOES INTERNATIONAL

Gritty & Arty Glasgow

Glasgow International

On to Manchester

Urban Loves

SURVIVING THE CULTURAL APOCALYPSE

Future is Now!

Supermarkt Berlin & Cultural Value

Women and Media Art

Lost in Berlin

RVK 9 (Reykjavík Nine) NOT GUILTY!

Earzoom Festival, Ljubljana

Off-Beat Vilnius

Error Master Suite

SADO OPERA!

TRACES OF SURVIVAL

T.R.A.C.E.S. Transcultural Research

Inter-Format Symposium

Carte de Artist

Greener Grass

Justin Tyler Tate

Open Zone, Slow Culture

Traces Tea & Radio Lounge

Content vs Conversation

a beginners guide to BIFO

The Devil’s Bridge

IMAGINARY LANDS

New Dimensions in Travel

Travels in Books, Music & Film

Beach Holidays

Dream Holidays

Winter Escapes

Berlin Berg

Imaginary Creatures

Spiritual Travels

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