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So, this all started when I realized my grandfather would have been ninety-nine the year my daughter was born. They almost share a century, but not really. He was born ten years into it. She came nine years after its ...

My Electric Genealogy

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Description The experimental nonfiction film Grassland uses stop-motion animation, live action footage, text fragments, and expressive sound to excavate the stratigraphic layers of belief, ecology, practice, and geology ...

Grassland

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“A People’s Atlas of the Nuclear United States” is a digital public humanities project that documents and interprets the relational geographies of nuclear materials used by the United States military. The Atlas is ...

A People’s Atlas of the Nuclear United States

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Re-collecting Black Hawk is a book-length, image-text essay exploring the cultural and political landscapes of the Midwest. It brings together roughly one hundred seventy photographs of historical markers and ...

Re-Collecting Black Hawk

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The Compass Collaborators have initiated a series of public hearings into the longstanding practices of the Monsanto Corporation. In each hearing, people are invited to testify, witness and listen; to offer sounds, images, ...

The Monsanto Hearings

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"The National Toxic Land/Labor Conservation Service" is an art and research project taking the form of a wishful federal agency dedicated to the vigilant detection and continual exposition of the domestic effects of ...

National Toxic Land/Labor Conservation Service

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Crab Orchard calls itself “a unique place to experience nature.” As the only wildlife refuge in the United States whose mission includes industry and agriculture alongside conservation and recreation, Crab Orchard ...

Around Crab Orchard

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An alternative tour of America, focusing on ordinary Midwestern militarism, designed for up-and-coming Chinese tourists as part of Dan S. Wang and Stephanie Rothenberg's The Journey West. Rothenberg explains, "Riffing ...

America’s Heart of Hearts Tour

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"America Ponds" is a 46-minute alternative audio tour of Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge created for Stories in Reserve, a box set of three artist-produced audio tours of unusual sites in North America released by the ...

America Ponds

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"A Post-Naturalist Field Kit" updates the naturalist's toolbox for the exploration of the social ecologies of urban landscapes. The project includes artifacts for exploring environmental issues in the city — from ...

A Post-Naturalist Field Kit for Saint-Henri

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“Radiation Limit” commemorates the human radiation experiments sponsored by the Atomic Energy Commission from 1943 until at least 1974. The site-specific installation for the grounds around the Department of Energy, ...

Radiation Limit

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"Region From Below: Power Plants" maps the coal and corn carbon economies in the Midwest region. It features four pop-out stories detailing alternatives to the corn- and coal-shed and spotlighting places where coal and corn ...

Region from Below: Power Plants

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