Common Ground 2009

Last Friday evening, State Library was first to screen the Common Ground 2009 slideshow. The slideshow contained over 400 images from cultural organisations which have images in The Commons on Flickr and was curated (chosen) by Flickr members.

     

Common Ground event, Queensland Terrace

Greg Poppleton (Sydney Educational Radio's Phantom Dancer) mixed some amazing tunes to accompany the historic images on the slideshow.

"The images are amazing. There are happy, sad, funny and cute images and also ones that make you think and ones that are unexpected. Some show ordinary people doing ordinary things, while others are extraordinary and make you gasp. They demonstrate not only the differences between the collections from which they are drawn, but also the things that are the same, the common ground" (Liz Holcombe, Australian War Memorial).

This event was also hosted, around the globe, by other members of The Commons.

In Australia, The Powerhouse Museum and the State Library of New South Wales joined forces in Sydney and the Australian War Memorial in Canberra also participated.

In the Northern Hemisphere, George Eastman House, State Library and Archives of Florida, Oregon State University Archives, Brooklyn Museum together with the New York Public Library and the Swedish National Heritage Board all hosted events at various times over the weekend.

If you missed the event, you can still see the images in this slideshow on Flickr Commons and read the Common Ground wrap-up on the indicommons blog.

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