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Vagabondism - Transience as a viable and sustainable creative action, historical models and resources
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Vagabondism 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. Reading List 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 Course Structure 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)

May 26th Introduction, Course Outline, etc. Riding the rails text excerpt from reader Riding The Rails documentary

June 2nd Vagatecture: Mobile architecture , and architecture and mobility Guest Ben Neiditz Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary The Long, Long Trailer film (optional) June 9th Reading, Continental Drift through the Midwest Radical Cultural Corridor Guest Mike Wolf Vagabond film June 16th The animal and movement: earth's machinations and peripatetic peoples, reading TBA Winged Migration documentary June 23rd Home Free Home: A History of Two Open-Door California Communes excerpt Re-Visiting Father and The Source Family documentary June 30th Experiments for Creative Mobile Living Proposals 10 MPH documentary? Resources and follow up
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aharon's picture

yalda - yes.. it looks like an innocently fun music. (checked their website..) Now I know that I am very likely to be in Brighton at that time. If you fancy, we could meet up for coffee in a place where tables move and "do" other stuff, and chat about ideas regarding vagabond and public school.. I was/am attempting to consider doing one in these parts..

michaelgb's picture

June 23rd, 6pm PST, 9pm EST

Updated contribution by Ben Neiditz on the subject of what he calls 'Vagatecture' and/or 'Sneaky Archtitecture'. We will explore the topic during our meeting June 23rd.

Vagatecture: Sneaky Architecture

I have been searching for what I have taken to calling sneaky architecture. Part of this search has been about learning to define what sneaky architecture is and also about trying to find examples of it in the world. The work I have done in preparation for this class marks the beginning of this search, and I hope that sharing my preliminary investigations with you all will open up some new directions for further looking.

Sneaky architecture (SA) is about challenging the control of space. It is about exploiting oversight in the administration and regulation of a given area in the interest of creating new possibilities for the use of that area. It is as much about moving through and acting in space as it is about building structures. SA can be a last resort, a forced action, as well as a playful experiment.

The following examples are meant to loosely suggest what SA might be, and to provoke discussion about what sorts of parameters we might want to come up with to make SA a more viable/useful concept/category.

I am ambivalent about including new advertising techniques and concept products within the category of SA but I didn't think I could dismiss them just because they were motivated by profit: they are still disruptive in a way that mirrors what I imagine SA to be.

Squatting: HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squatting"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squatting

HYPERLINK "http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/hourlyupdate/296641.php"http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/hourlyupdate/296641.php
Border Tunnels in Nogales, AZ: 47 discovered since 1995

HYPERLINK "http://subtopia.blogspot.com/2009/03/tunnelizing-migration-1-border-tunn..."http://subtopia.blogspot.com/2009/03/tunnelizing-migration-1-border-tunn...
More on border tunnels: “the tunnel is the prototypical space of imperial bypass.”

Hamas blowing up a section of border fence between Gaza and Egypt
HYPERLINK "http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/26/world/middleeast/26gaza.html?fta=y"http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/26/world/middleeast/26gaza.html?fta=y

Using boats to break the Israeli military blockade of Gaza
HYPERLINK "http://www.indymedia.org/or/2008/11/915512.shtml"http://www.indymedia.org/or/2008/11/915512.shtml

ParaSITE HYPERLINK "http://www.gizmag.com/go/4455/"http://www.gizmag.com/go/4455/
A heated shelter for the homeless that can be attached to any HVAC vent

Tent Cities in the US:
Gainsville tent city evicted after violence:
HYPERLINK "http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSN10449570"http://www.gainesville.com/article/20090619/ARTICLES/906191012/1002?Titl...

St. Petersburg provides services to improve a tent city
HYPERLINK "http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSN10449570"http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSN10449570

In Detroit visibility of tent city is used as a protest tactic
HYPERLINK "http://www.detnews.com/article/20090615/BIZ/906150328/1001/BIZ"http://www.detnews.com/article/20090615/BIZ/906150328/1001/BIZ

Homelessness: Who is homeless?
HYPERLINK "http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/who.html"http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/who.html

People sneaking back into their foreclosed houses:

Gordon Matta Clark: Fake Estates and Anarchitecture
HYPERLINK "http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/09/arts/design/09kimm.html"http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/09/arts/design/09kimm.html
HYPERLINK "http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/events/oddlots.php"http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/events/oddlots.php
HYPERLINK "http://www.tate.org.uk/research/tateresearch/tatepapers/07spring/attlee.htm"http://www.tate.org.uk/research/tateresearch/tatepapers/07spring/attlee.htm

Marjetica Potrc: Urgent Architecture
HYPERLINK "http://www.potrc.org/"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjetica_Potrc
HYPERLINK "http://www.potrc.org/"http://www.potrc.org/

GMC Pad HYPERLINK "http://auto.howstuffworks.com/gmc-pad.htm"http://auto.howstuffworks.com/gmc-pad.htm
A concept car that is a “mobile urban loft” RV SUV

HYPERLINK "http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article4153.shtml"http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article4153.shtml
Some well placed graffiti by Banksy
HYPERLINK "http://www.engadget.com/2007/08/23/ecko-billboard-lets-your-mobile-handl..."
HYPERLINK "http://www.engadget.com/2007/08/23/ecko-billboard-lets-your-mobile-handl..."http://www.engadget.com/2007/08/23/ecko-billboard-lets-your-mobile-handl...
Ecko Unltd. Ad that thoroughly appropriates the transgression of graffiti

HYPERLINK "http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/29/business/media/29cooper.html?_r=2&oref..."http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/29/business/media/29cooper.html?_r=2&oref...
Mini Cooper ad that speaks to individual drivers

I think it is also relevant to think about the ways in which control over space is being stabilized and expanded. This article is about the increasing pervasiveness of border space:
HYPERLINK "http://subtopia.blogspot.com/2009/01/towards-nomadic-fortress-refugerefu..."http://subtopia.blogspot.com/2009/01/towards-nomadic-fortress-refugerefu...

robtsum's picture

i _may_ not make it to this class due to a faculty meeting that may very well go over (as usual) and awry (as usual) ... hell is other people, or i am justin hell. but, i do really hope to make it to the class. i need to breath again.

-robert

PS: thanks for a really great class tuesday. i had a lot of fun and thought my way through some things via the conversations ... thanks!

yalda's picture

aharon - i will be guest speaking (or doing my best job at guest speaking) on june 16th! I am now in edinburgh -- are you based in brighton? i will be back in london in july and i was planning on going to brighton because my friend does this random dj night there that is called "20 jazz funk greats" sometimes which seems to me like itd be quite fun

aharon's picture

yalda, you sound very enthusiastic about the subject. Not sure what you mean by vagabonding art.. 1st thing that came to mind was trubadors and news tellers that used to move from place to place taking stories with them as means of currency..
Will be good to learn more about your experience..
If you can stay up late, then my guess is that skype is one way to join in..
Also, if you are in London next week, I am based in Brighton, just down the road..

yalda's picture

anyway, i just wish that i could talk to an audience about my experience - it has opened up a completely new chapter in my life. it's really amazing - just by meeting new people how you are exposed to different thought processes and could actually end up doing something meaningful - finding purpose.... anyway i was just grateful to stumble upon this class, maybe if you want to talk more you could email me at ymousavinia@gmail.com and i could tell you more about how this has been a life changing experience for me. i actually just got the idea the other day that i should try to start public schools in barcelona, london and berlin since i know a lot of people through either my vagabonding, friends of friends, etc etc - many artists among others. and many people i meet would really benefit from a public school like this.

yalda's picture

like i said, i am currently vagabonding - i am in barcelona. will be in london next week among other place... i wish i could join! need a public school for vagabonds ;)

robtsum's picture

Hi,

Do you live in Los Angeles or Philadelphia? You can come to the Vagabond class on Tuesdays (only 5 meetings left): http://la.thepublicschool.org/class/99

We are having a joint class with the LA Public School and the Philadelphia Public School. Michael Bauer has organized it and made a reader available on a.aaaarg.org
At the class you can ask him more questions, or you may post a series of questions here.

For more on The Public School see http://la.thepublicschool.org/

Does this answer your question?

As ever, Robert

yalda's picture

is there anyway that a current vagabond could be part of this conversation? i love that i just am seeing this right now, i am in need of resourceful information like this...

michaelgb's picture

Introduction to Riding The Rails, by Errol Lincoln Uys. Additional Riding The Rails text is available by downloading Vagabondism reader.

http://web.me.com/michaelgeraldbauer/Vagabondism/Vagabondism_May_June_20...

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