we humans can only work for a future we can imagine.
the plains is ITF's on-going R&D project
first announced at the Altona
Sustainable Development Congress in 1994. Four
stages have been completed and more are planned.
1 -- 1995-97 -- pilot project Painting
the future real, one of Australia's
earliest web-based cultural development initiatives.
Archive pages first published on-line in 1996 have
now been re-published as a record of this pioneering
principle outcomes of Painting the future real
included a virtual
possum skin cloak created in association with
the Wurundjeri Tribal Land Compensation and Cultural
Heritage Council, Museum Victoria, and many other
project partners. Sponsors included the Australia
Council's CEAD Fund; the National Urban Development
Program of the Commonwealth Department of Housing
and Regional Development; and the Sidney Myer Fund.
Other support was provided by the Commonwealth Department
of Education, Employment and Training;Scienceworks
Museum and Victoria University.
Stage II -- 1999-2001 -- Painting the
future real becomes Redreaming
the plain with funding from the Australian
Film Commission. Four Victorian writers and several
designers were commissioned
to develop interactive content about a particular
III -- 2001-2002 -- the Stage II hypertexts
plus hundreds of images are loaded onto ITF's SQL
database now hosted by the Environment & Planning
Program, RMIT University. This stage was launched
overlooking a threatened remnant grassland on 3
IV -- 2002-2004 - Redreaming
the plains becomes a open-access e-journal
V -- 2005 - to be announced.
gratefully acknowledges our sponsors and project