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"Driving East" investigates how myths of American mobility developed during Manifest Destiny continue to operate today. We use the familiar form of the road trip to rethink how the present-day landscape was forged by the ...

Driving East

Creative Work

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"Don’t Mourn" is a series of memorial transmission performances to moments of violent conflict in Illinois labor history from the 1870s to the 1990s. I traveled to twelve otherwise unmarked sites to broadcast a distorted ...

Don’t Mourn

Creative Work

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"What the Market Bares" is a site-specific video installation concerning labor migration and material culture. Installed on a bus as part of an artist residency, "The Return of the Gastarbeiter" in Kucevo, ...

What the Market Bares

Creative Work

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"Going Downstate" is a counter-map of the Illinois state prison system with photographs (by Lauren Shrensel-Zadikow) and information on tax structure, costs, per capital income, traveling distance and ...

Going Downstate

Creative Work

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"ISP Bloomington" was a site-specific transmission performance for the campus of Indiana University meditating on the relationships between education, incarceration, and speech. Exhibitions Carbondale, IL - University ...

ISP Bloomington

Creative Work

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Part biography of an obscure early Chicago settler, part meditation on history and memory, identity and loyalty, landscape and amnesia. Select Screenings Ann Arbor, MI - The Gallery Project San Francisco, CA - San ...

Chasing Billy Caldwell

Creative Work

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"UnStorming Sheridan" consists of two bicycle rides commemorating the lives and afterlives of the Haymarket Martyrs. On November 12, the day after both Veteran's Day and the 117th anniversary of the Haymarket executions, ...

UnStorming Sheridan

Creative Work

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While somewhat outside (but sometimes anticipating) my core interest in landscape and spatial politics, the projects documented here represent other facets of my work. In particular, these pieces demonstrate my longstanding ...

Other Projects

Creative Work

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In recent years a number of artists have produced works that are tours or ask the viewer to become a tourist. Much of this work presents itself as ‘critical,’ despite decades of scholarship examining tourism as a means ...

Critical Daytrips: Tourism and Land-Based Practice

Writing

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Over the last several years, a loose and shifting group of artists, activists, and thinkers has been exploring and creating work about the various forces, both top-down and grassroots, that shape neighborhoods, cities, and ...

Notes on Affective Practice: An Exchange

Writing

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For nearly two hundred years, the figure of the naturalist—the enthusiastic observer of birds, soils, insects, plants, and animals—set the bar for dedicated, non-professional scholarship of the non-human world. With his ...

A Post-Naturalist Field Kit

Writing

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The radio spectrum, regulated in the US since 1927 for the “public interest, convenience, and necessity,” has long been viewed by artists as an unrealized, utopian public space. Today, many artists use FM radio, ...

Take It to the Air: radio as public art

Writing