The Midwest Radical Culture Corridor


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.

Join us June 4-14, 2008 in the Radical Midwest!

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Calendar of Events (tentative) – see below:


DAY 1: Wednesday, June 4

* The Audacity of Desperation– Conversations with artists/curators Jessica Lawless & Sarah Ross about the exhibition.

* Kevin Hamiliton: “That Happened Here?” Sorting through the Records of an Earlier Radical Moment
A new(ish) resident of Champaign-Urbana discovers some old radicals in the archives. What was the Biological Computing Laboratory? What research and teaching took place there? In the modern history of struggles to live out justice and freedom, one sees so many different models, different relationships of seeing to knowing, of knowing to being, of being to being with others. Who knew that right here in town were a group of faculty and students who worked as a group to integrate these things, to teach and research from what they believed to be radically true? This presentation will provide some material for discussion of that moment, and hopefully without too much nostalgia from people too young to have been there. If you were around campus in 1968, come help us complicate the picture.

* Claire Pentecost and Brian Holmes: Introduction to Drift

DAY 2: Thursday, June 5

10:30am-12n Backyard talk with Lisa Bralts
910 S. Lynn St., Urbana
Lisa Bralts is the City of Urbana Farmer’s market director. She’s been a food activist for years, on the board of the local Co-op and former communications director of the Illinois Food Bank. Lisa will share her knowledge on regional food sustainability and challenges for local populations.

12:30 Visit to Tomahnous Farms in Mahomet, IL.
Meeting point: 910. S. Lynn St., Urbana at 12pm, carpool to the farm.
Tomahnous Farms grows organic fruits, vegetables, farms meat, eggs and honey and sells through a CSA and local vendors. Located in a growing ‘suburb’ of Champaign, Lisa Haynes, grower and land use activist, will give a tour of the farm and discuss issues with losing farm land.

7:00 PM Exhibition and potluck, Garage & Garden, 706 E. Fairlawn,Urbana.
This is the first gathering at Garage & Garden. There will be projects about the re-use of locally produced waste, imagined neighborhoods, and things to take with you. Garage & Garden is a space for discussions about re-making our neighborhood in relation to current food production, energy consumption, political organization, and more.

DAY 3: Friday, June 6

10:00am 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 in Champaign.

Noon Drift to Chicago, with rest-stop discussion


DAY 4: Saturday, June 7

* Release Party for AREA Chicago #6: City As Lab Saturday 2pm-4pm @ Paseo Prairie Garden (adjacent to the south exit of the Logan Square ‘el’ exit)
This issue of AREA Chicago looks at Chicago as a policy laboratory in which experimental public policy in the areas of housing, labor and education are tested on the residents of Chicago.

* Gerald Raunig in dialogue: 7 pm @ InCUBATE (2129 North Rockwell)
Vienna-based philosopher visits Chicago for the first time, breaks down the
latest in art/social action theory.

DAY 5: Sunday, June 8

???Visit to Englewood as part three of Let’s Remake the Neighborhood????

* Tour the C/CURE initiative with Naomi Davis and Martha Boyd in the Riverdale neighborhood.

* Screening of The Spook Who Sat by the Door, appearance by filmmaker Sam Greenlee 7 pm @ Backstory Cafe (6100 South Blackstone)


DAY 6: Monday June 9

Visit to Growing Power, the Black Holocaust Museum, The Brady Street Pharmacy (which doubles as an art space) and other places..


DAY 7: Tuesday, June 10

* Travel to Elk Mound the long way, arrive in the late afternoon

* Noon break at Marl Lake, swimming

* Evening meal and hang out 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

* Walk a mile to the Langby’s neighbors for a tour of their organic dairy farm (they are farmer members of CROPP).

* Help out around the garden, if you feel like it. Evening public Drift event at the Eau Claire Public Library, a talk or discussion, or screening?

DAY 9: Thurs, June 12

* Travel to Viroqua/LaFarge/West Lima

* See and traipse the Brown Family land.

* Evening picnic and walk-through of Heavy Duty Acres, with Mike Koppa, a city boy who made the leap to Vernon County

* Lodge/camp at Dreamtime Village.

DAY 10: Friday, June 13

* Tour the HQ of CROPP.

* Work on trellis projects at Dreamtime

* Evening Drift session: Articulating our Visions


DAY 11: Sat, June 14

* 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 shop/listening station
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Draft Timeline for the Coming Seasons

We are sprinkled about the region, not like cinnamon on a latte, or
paprika on a deviled egg, more like dew forming and rain falling.
The following is a list of some of the opportunities to re-sprinkle
ourselves, flow in different watersheds, lap at different shores,
dissolve different minerals, and deposit our nutrient rich sediments
in other waterways. DSW made this list and I added a couple items in
the hopes compiling a general picture of some of the possibilities.
This timeline as well a greater “inventory of projects, places, and
working relationships relevant to the RMCC” are what Dan and I have
talked about drafting together. Please add to it, flesh it out,
and/or come up with a better format if you feel compelled:

1)January 17-20, conversations + Library of Radiant Optimism + Danish
visitors / Mess Hall
2)January 26 or 27, Liberation Radio Workshop / Mess Hall
3)February, conversations with Feel Tank and AREA / some place in Chicago
4)March, IVAW Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan / Washington DC (related?)
5)May, Nick and Sarah ceremony + an organized learning event? /
Kickapoo River Valley + Dreamtime, Wisconsin
6)June July August ??, Continental Drift through the RMCC / Indiana –
7)August-September, Domestic Struggle pt 3 – exhibition, events, and
public projects? Art of This? Minneapolis
8)Early September, RNC + PNC + other activist, possible encampment at
Wolf’s house or somewhere / St Paul
9)November, Dakota Commemorative March / Minnesota
10)2008, Tamms 10-year anniversary of Hell / Tamms, southern Illinois

3 Responses to “The Midwest Radical Culture Corridor”

  1. Chicago Art Series: Article #2 on Groups and Spaces « Miscellaneous Projects Says:

    […] Our Roots, Freedom School Communiversity, Chicago Political Workshop/49th st. Underground, the Midwest Radical Cultural Cooridor, Platypus and FeelTank. The latter three have strong commitments to considering the intersections […]

  2. DaveX Says:

    Um, what about those of us in Southern Illinois?

    –> You’re part of it! Actually it all started in Champaigne-Urbana…. See ya sometime soon I hope….

  3. startlingmoniker Says:

    Champaign, etc is ~3 hours north… here’s some video from your southern friends:

    –> Cool, hope to make it down there some day soon…. BH

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