Friends in the Midwest have been busy preparing a great tour up and down what they have been calling the Midwest Radical Culture Corridor. Starting this coming week they will be traveling from Champaign Urbana, IL to Chicago to Milwaukee to Western Wisconsin. The tour stops at farmers' markets, libraries, art exhibitions, community centers, farmer coops, swimming holes and film screenings! This tour is part of an ongoing project organized by Brian Holmes and many others called Continental Drift. Brian just released a great book of essays called Unleashing the Collective Phantoms on Autonomedia Press.
Continental Drift Through the Midwest Radical Culture Corridor
A CALL TO FARMS!
June 4-14, 2008
CONTINENTAL DRIFT is an invitation to look at our collective existence
on all the relevant scales: the intimate, the local, the national, the
continental, and the global. Continental Drift is a mobile assemblage of
people presenting their projects, observations, experiments, discoveries
and questions, and producing value through social exchange. Continental
Drift through the MRCC is a self-educating tour through our concrete
world and its abstract representations, discovering distant lives in
familiar situations, and embracing the interdependency that links what
is usually treated as separate. Continental Drift is intended for anyone
seeking to locate global forces in daily life and to reorient aesthetic
invention in response to an ethics of equality.
DAY 1 – Wednesday, June 4
8 PM – The CU Indymedia Center, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana. The Audacity
of Desperation, Conversations with artists/curators Jessica Lawless &
Sarah Ross about the exhibition.
(www.desperationexhibition.blogspot.com); Kevin Hamiliton: “That
Happened Here?” Sorting through the Records of an Earlier Radical
Moment; Brian Holmes & Claire Pentecost introduce the Continental Drift.
DAY 2 – Thursday, June 5
10:30-12:00 PM – Talk with Lisa Bralts-Kelly, 910 S. Lynn St., Urbana.
Bralts-Kelly, director of Urbana’s farmers market and veteran food
activist, will share her knowledge on regional food sustainability and
challenges for local populations.
12:30 PM – Visit Tomahnous Farms, Mahomet, IL. Carpool from 910 S. Lynn
St., Urbana at 12:00 PM. The farm grows organic fruits, vegetables,
meat, eggs and honey. Haynes, farmer and land use activist, will give a
tour and discuss issues with losing farm land in this ‘suburb’ of Champaign.
7:00 PM – Exhibition and potluck, Garage & Garden, 706 E. Fairlawn,
Urbana. There will be projects about the re-use of locally produced
waste, imagined neighborhoods, and things to take with you.
DAY 3 – Friday, June 6
10:00 AM – Fighting Toxicity, Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St.,
Champaign. Local scholars and activists from C-U Citizens for Peace &
Justice will discuss their fight against social and ecological toxicity
Drift to Chicago. Rest stop presentation/discussion.
DAY 3 – Friday, June 6
6:00 PM – Movies & discussion: Who controls our food? Our Daily Bread
(1934) & The World According to Monsanto (2008), Mess Hall, 6932 N.
Glenwood, bring homemade bread to share. (www.messhall.org)
DAY 4 – Saturday, June 7
2:00-4:00 PM – Release party for AREA Chicago #6: City as Lab, Paseo
Prairie Garden, next to the Logan Square Blue Line stop.
7:00 PM – Art and Revolution! Gerald Raunig (author: Art and Revolution:
Transversal Activism in the Long Twentieth Century) with Dan S. Wang,
InCUBATE, 2129 N. Rockwell.
DAY 5 – Sunday, June 8
1:00 - 5:00 PM – Tour C/CURE initiative with Naomi Davis & Martha Boyd,
Carver Park, 900East 134th Street.
7:00 PM – Screening: The Spook Who Sat by the Door, filmmaker Sam
Greenlee in person, Backstory Cafe, 6100 S. Blackstone.
DAY 6 – Monday, June 9
Times and Schedule TBA – Trip to Milwaukee.
DAY 7 – Tuesday, June 10
Time TBA –Travel to Elk Mound the long way, arrive in the late afternoon
12:00 PM – Break, Marl Lake, swimming
Time TBA – Evening meal with the Langbys and some friends/collaborators
of theirs from progressive home schooling and local food networks. Camp
at the Langbys.
DAY 8 – Wed, June 11
Time TBA – Walk a mile from Langbys’ and tour an organic dairy farm –
members of CROPP. Help out around the garden.
Time TBA – Evening event, The Eau Claire Public Library.
DAY 9 – Thursday, June 12
Time TBA –Travel to Viroqua/LaFarge/West Lima, See the Brown Family land
Time TBA – Evening picnic and walk-through Heavy Duty Acres, with Mike
DAY 10 – Friday, June 13
Time TBA – Tour the HQ of CROPP. (www.farmers.coop)
Time TBA – Work on trellis projects at Dreamtime Village. Followed by an
evening discussion “Articulating our Visions.”
DAY 11 – Sat, June 14
Time TBA – Travel to Madison, stop somewhere for U-pick strawberries.
Strawberry jam making party at the home of Dan and Sarah, plus
strawberry shortcake feed. Late-night Selections in Dan’s basement/print
Urbana: saralross [at] yahoo.com
Chicago: cpente [at] saic.edu
Wisconsin: danwang [at] mindspring.com.
Anyone is welcome to join the Continental Drift and to help articulate
what the MRCC can be and become.
Calendar & updates: http://radicalmidwest.blogspot.com