I mean, I realize this came out of the bargain bin, but jeez, even for $0.99 you'd expect a little more care. The culprits in this case are the folks at Dusty Groove, and they should definitely know better!
Spending a few days in Minneapolis for the first time in probably four years was terrific, and this was the first time in many more years than that during which I actually had time to soak in the city. Impressions: the south Minneapolis core neighborhoods are certainly less white than they were when I lived there. Somali, Mexican, and African-American peoples have moved in. I saw a sign for stepper's lessons, which for me confirms the theory that the blacks are largely from Chicago. We enjoyed very good tacos and gorditas from the Lake Street corridor, which fifteen years ago just weren't available in the Cities. All in all, it felt very comfortable, quite unlike the weirdly homogeneous urban center I remember from the late Eighties. I wonder though, is white Minnesotan reaction (quiet, coded, and/or unspoken, of course, as is the Minnesota way) against the influx of migrants, esp the people of color, partly to account for why some knob like Tim Pawlenty can get elected in what used to be the bluest of blue states? It's just a question.
I managed to take a morning walk from the apartment I was staying in down to the river. In glorious sunshine I got an upclose view of the stone arch bridge and mill ruins, and for a moment had the funny feeling that I was in a European city. On the return trip I stopped into the Open Book building for a juice and unexpectedly ran into a lobby exhibit of Romano Hänni's intense virtuoso letterpress work. Beautiful, inspiring, well in the vein of my obsessions, and good to see that somebody is carrying the Swiss tradition forward. Check out some of his work here.
I'll be back in the Cities this weekend coming up, to finish out the short installation run at Art of This, and to take part in the city-wide celebration of the (hoped-for) demise of the GOP.
And now, to Minneapolis! For Mike Wolf's Song of Returning. Details below.
Hope to see you there. Opening on Saturday.
Art of This, The Network of Cumulative Art, and The Midwest Radical Culture Corridor present: Song of Returning, Both Silent and Aloud (Domestic Struggle Part Threee) August 23 thru September 7, 2008 Art of This 3506 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis
Opening Reception August 23, 7pm to 11pm
How do we touch the land and how does it touch us? There is a long, vibrant history of so-called "back to the land movements." But in fact we have never left the land. We have always been dependent on the land--and the people who work closely with it--for our survival. When we fill the tank, flip a switch, open a bag of chips, sit quietly in a comfy chair, or get on-line--even though we are largely unconscious of it--we are in relationship to the land. We are constantly touching the land and it is constantly touching us back.
'Songs of Returning' is an occasion to appraise different relationships to the land. It is an opportunity to imagine how stolen land can be given back, how people are coerced with physical and economic violence to relate to the land in ways they would not choose for themselves. And it is an effort to make a home, nurturing, imaginative places for speech and acts that begin to erode the colonial pathologies that pervade in our culture--our relationships to the land.
Open Gallery Hours Noon to 5pm Saturdays (Aug30 and Sept 6) and Sundays (Aug 24, Aug 31, and Sept 7) 3pm to 8pm Tuesday Aug 26 3pm to 8pm Thursday September 4 or call Mike at 773-368-5875 to make an appointment
----Artist Projects---- Dan S. Wang (prop-press.vox.com) "Old Words in Present Form: An Installation Exercise in Political Speech" We'll gather and set-up the materials (speeches and a/v gear), use it to process the words of movement figures from years gone by, and see how it looks and sounds in updated form.
Jacob C. Hammes Hammes gives us a glimpse into an ongoing project in response to the industrial feedlot recently built adjacent to where he grew up in Iowa. These largely automated operations suck up water, pollute land, endanger the health of neighboring humans and wildlife and provide nothing for the community except lakes of shit.
Paul Durand "Where the Waters Gather and the Rivers Meet" We are privileged to have Durand's hand drawn map of Mi-Ni So-Ta. The product of over four decades of research and travel around the region this map gives a shattering glimpse into the vibrant pre-colonial past of this place we live.
Aaron Hughes (aarhughes.org) "25 Days to Chicago" Hughes, who was twice deployed in Iraq, shares a series of drawings and an audio piece that fill some of the holes left by the media in covering Operation Iraqi Freedom (The title refers to a Time Magazine campaign, after Bush declared an end to major combat, "21 Days to Baghdad"), and reflects on his experience of the ways that trauma conflates time and place.
Let's Remake (Bonnie Fortune and Brett Bloom - letsremake.org) Let's Remake brings us a corn field installation, monoculture in effigy. Upon the closing of the exhibition we will have bonfire (location TBA) to burn monoculture!
Other artists and contributors: Red76, Andrew Moore, Salem Collo-Julin, Brian Holmes, Midwest Radical Culture Corridor, Mark Shipley...
--------Event Calendar------- All these events are at Art of This, 3506 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis Other events will occur, keep your eyes and ears peeled.
August 23, 7pm to 11pm Opening Reception
August 24, noon to 5 open hours
August 26 3pm to 8pm Open hours 8pm Free Video Screening "The World According to Monsanto" DVD, 90 minutes A documentary by French writer, film maker Marie-Monique Robin that "pieces together the story of Monsanto, focusing on a look at its domination in the field of agricultural products." Snacks! (bring drinks to share)
August 29, 7pm ARP! Release Party
August 30, noon to 5 Open hours
August 31 Noon - Brunchluck Potluck brunch, hang out, share food, socialize, read the paper, look at art. 3pm - presentation at 3pm
September 1, noon Anti-War march meet at the Capital
September 2, noon Peavey Plaza, Minneapolis BBQ lunch with Alimentary Tropism and Red76
September 4, 8pm Free Video Screening Threee Landscape Videos Snacks! (bring drinks to share) *Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage DVD, 19 minutes, Directed by Heather Rogers A brief history of garbage and landfills in north America *Manoomin: A Minnesota Way of Life DVD, 22 minutes, Directed by Teresa Koneche A short documentary on the effort to defend wild rice from patenting and maintain the spritual and cultural sustenance it provides. *The Land Connection DVD, 11 Minutes A documentary about the history of the rise of organic farming in part of Central Illinois.
September 6 Noon - Brunchluck Potluck brunch, hang out, share food, socialize, read the paper, look at art. 3pm - Domestic Struggle Part Threee Travelog Mike Wolf will present a travelog, with pictures and anecdotes about his Midwestern driftings over the past three years.
September 7th, Noon to 5 - Open hours 8pm - Closing Bonfire: Burning Monoculture in Effigy location tba
Two mini-vacations have thrown me off the blog path.
Two pics to show where we went, neither of which was terribly far. These weren't exactly 'staycations' but they weren't entirely new adventures, either. We spent a couple of days in the Sylvania Wilderness, which is something like a small patch of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and then a few more in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. These were second visits to both.
First, from the Sylvania Wilderness of Michigan's U.P.
Like hundreds of millions of others, I did watch the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. And, like other people, in response to the Chinese government's massive marshalling of resources for its over the top display, I felt a mixture of awe and disgust. Leave it to Ai Weiwei, who helped to design the bird's nest stadium, to cut through it all, from the inside out.