Transience as a viable and sustainable creative action, historical models and resources
Two groups, one in Los Angeles and one in Philadelphia each composed of approximately six participants will meet weekly or biweekly for six sessions exploring notions of vagabonding and transience.. The class will take the form of conversations through conference calls between the two groups using Talkshoe.
There are two main goals set out for Vagabodism. One is to form a notable historical framework wherewe highlight a few examples of vagabonding and/or transience during the last one hundred years. A few examples of transience we will study include looking at modern peripatetic peoples, transient teens during the Great Depression, or the open-land experiment known as Morningstar during the 1960's. The second goal is to highlight online resources and fellows peers' personal travel accounts to aid in the organization of a travel experiement with fellow participants.
RVs & Campers: 1900-2000 by Donald Wood
Riding the Rails: Teenagers on the Move During the Great Depression by Errol Lincoln Uys
Home Free Home:A History of Two Open-Door California Communes: by Ramon Sender Barayon, Gwen Leeds, Near Morningstar, Bill Wheeler
A Call to Farms: Continental Drift through the Midwest Radical Cultural Corridor
Two groups, one in Los Angeles and one in Philadelphia each composed of approximately six participants will meet weekly on Tuesday evenings beginning May 26th . The class will take the form of conversations through conference calls between the two groups using Skype. Each gathering may include the following:
1. Discussion of proposed reading/presentations for the week
2. Guest conversation
3. Examination of available resources (online)
4. Project building
1. Specific excerpts from the books on the reading list will serve as a jumping off point for discussion when we meet. We hope to have all reading material online for downloading at the beginning of the course.
2. Guest conversation: It is in my interest to find individuals with personal long term travel/alternative living experience and to invite them to share.
3. Examination of available resources online: Part of the course will explore travel resources and relevant online tutorials. For example we will look at social networking travel websites such as couchsurfing.com, hospitalityclub.org, and globalfreeloaders.com.
4. Applied Experiments for Creative Mobile Living: At the end of each meeting we will review and talk about proposals for projects that deal with or pertain to vagabonding/transience. Toward the end of the series of meetings, a whole session will be dedicated to brainstorming and reviewing proposals. Such project proposals could include an experiment in long-term travel, building a mobile structure or organizing a circuit of informal residencies. It could include a caravan tour and/or connecting with other projects currently being realized. Proposals sheets will be available at beginning of the course, May 26thand will be distributed amongst participants.
Classes (Subject to change)
Introduction, Course Outline, etc.
Riding the rails text excerpt from reader
Riding The Rails documentary
Vagatecture: Mobile architecture , and architecture and mobility
Guest Ben Neiditz
Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary
The Long, Long Trailer film (optional)
Reading, Continental Drift through the Midwest Radical Cultural Corridor
Guest Mike Wolf
The animal and movement: earth's machinations and peripatetic peoples,
Winged Migration documentary
Home Free Home: A History of Two Open-Door California Communes excerpt
Re-Visiting Father and The Source Family documentary
Experiments for Creative Mobile Living Proposals
10 MPH documentary?
Resources and follow up