Absence and the City: A study of absence as a structural principle in city aesthetics and creative practice.
The Afghan Tea Cycle project was established with the goal of designing and building a functioning prototype of a pedal-powered purpose-built Afghan Tea Cycle as a means of exploring intercultural relational practice. The tea cycle will provide a micro-business for an existing trader in the Afghan Bazaar Cultural Precinct, Dandenong. This project was developed in partnership with the City of Greater Dandenong. By supplying an authentic Afghan tea service experience and in the process promoting Afghan culture through social practice and aesthetic impact, the project will research whether the Afghan Tea Cycle will contribute to intercultural exchange and encourage culturally inclusive practices that can be shared beyond the precinct at civic events, festivals and private functions.
Researchers: Aslam Akram, Geoff Hogg, Ceri Hann and Grissel Walmaggia.