For the next stage of the Creating Narratives module, all elements of fantasy and fiction have been removed and it is centered around an actual need with a true story to tell. As a well-travelled cyclist and very happy camper, I’d like to think about meeting our individual needs on the road or at the wild camping spot for the night. Carrying everything on the back of a bicycle, there are always physical restrictions and limits on dimensions, weight, capacity and materials. Given the 5 week turnaround for this project, I think having severe restrictions like these will help me maintain focus and work within strict parameters. Additionally, sticking to real tried-and-tested habits is much much easier than having to come up with a fictional scenario of a dystopian nature.
Primarily, I am trying to create a personal narrative on the subject of camping/cycling while also addressing function, rather than appearance or style. As a result, I am investigating possibilities for studying the following:
- cooking, paraphernalia + process
- storing food / cooking equipment
- fixing bicycles / maintenance Swedish camping grounds are beautifully organised, free of charge and sometimes even provide a stash of dry wood to burn in the stone firepit
a deliciously decadent dessert of blue cheese, crackers and wild blueberries
Elements to consider including:
- who is my viewer?
- where / how are they witnessing / finding out about my story?
- heat + fire + light
- food + source (not hunting)
- space : weight
- needs : wants (comforts + less necessary)
- sparks / flints / matches / lighters
- not breakable / dangerous (glass)
- power generating / charging
- weather / waterproof
- cleaning up after a meal / prep for the next one
- setting up camp + bed
- water quality / purification