The RMIT Writing and Publishing team, student-led publishing house Bowen St Press, non/fictionLab researchers, social enterprise STREAT and creative mapmaker Alex Hotchin collaborated on the project, alongside the City of Melbourne and METRO Melbourne Tunnel.
Associate Dean of Writing and Publishing Francesca Rendle Short said it was ‘story litter’ that first inspired DISRUPT.
“We’ve transposed these beautiful artefacts or found objects into a map of Melbourne, created by Alex Hotchin, and invited our community to join in making this living artwork.
“The artwork creates a sense of place and belonging to help build a city of the future, one of hope and transformation.”
STREAT CEO Rebecca Scott said she spent the last decade working with young people living on the streets of Melbourne, while collecting artefacts off the streets and trying to imagine the people and stories that belong with them.
“My collection includes hundreds of pieces of writing found on the streets, ranging from love letters, shopping lists, work notes and journal entries. All of them provide a tiny insight into the movements and activities of people on our streets, giving us an opportunity to listen and respond,” she said.
“So many of this city's street stories are being whispered or are almost hidden, and we need to tread quietly and hone our senses to discover them.”
An exhibition will be held at RMIT’s Urban Square on Sunday 26 May, and the raw materials produced by DISRUPT will be used by Bowen St Press to produce a post-workshop publication.
The project is part of seven days of workshops, performances and celebrations dedicated to discovering and shaping the future of the city.