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Urban Foraging Group v3: Fall/Win Reading Group 2010-11

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Urban Foraging Group : Reading/Research

A research/reading group that examines the relationships between humans and nature throughout time, thus tracing a line in nature. Although there are no expectations for the group, informal research, presentations, and experiments are welcome. 


Meeting 7: Ritual & Nature pt. 2 - Moving from Sacred to the Profane.
October ?? & LOCATION TBA


suggest a reading...
The reading group encourages everyone to add their suggestions by commenting on this class page. Additionally I am compiling a bibliography in tandem with the class. Feel free to browse the contents for readings and topics: A Line in Nature


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Meeting 1: Introduction, Nov 20, 2010 - readings/date/location -Already Happened!
Meeting 2: Early Foragers and Farming, Dec 11, 2010 - rescheduled.
Meeting 3: Farming & Domestication, Jan 29, 2011 - Reading/Date/Location -Already Happened!
Meeting 4: Marx, Proto-Nazis, 'Primitives' Feb 26, 2011 - Reading/Date/Loc -Already Happened!
Meeting 5: Magna Carta, Affluence/Egalitarian Neolithic Societies - March - Reading/Date/Location - Already Happened!
Meeting 6: Ritual and Nature pt1 - Sacred Ritual Intro + Africans discover America - Sept 11 - Readings/Date/location - Already Happened!



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Urban Foraging Group v1:
Session 1: Urban Foraging with Ava Chin | Sunday, June 20, 2010 (already happened)
Session 2: Urban Foraging Brunch with Ava Chin | Saturday, July 3, 2010 (already happened)

Urban Foraging Group v2:
Session 1:  The Gleaners & I by Agnes Varda film screening | Thursday, August 26, 2010 (already happened)


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The path along the Hudson was very luscious due to the extremely wet weather of previous weeks. We kept making many stops along the way, at a certain point I'd wonder if we make it to our final destination.

Along the path we also had an improvisational/site-specific musical session, adding an unexpected aural treat. We spent the final hours at Inspiration Point discussing the readings and sharing the foraged food and potluck items by candle light: foraged dandelions, mugwort infused vodka, homemade salsa, and double-yolk moon cakes in honor of the moon.

There's still more to discuss in terms of Ritual and Nature, so we should discuss the next readings & location...

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So it looks like we have a good size group joining us later today and the sky is clearing up too! Please RSVP if you are coming, we'll be sending out a group email with details like cell #s just in case.

readings & info are here:

I've updated the map of the 5:45pm meeting point w.155th at Broadway:

P.S. Is anyone here a forager willing to lead a segment? If so please indicate that in your RSVP.

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@isobelroe: are you, Taeyoon, or solidk joining?

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So far yes. I'm coordinating with the others and we'll post any changes.

Hi Antonio

Is this walk still happening on Sunday? I'm assuming it depends on the weather as well. Is there an alternate plan for a rain check?

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Details for the next meeting have been posted on The Public School This next meeting will be out of doors and taking place around sunset, parts of the walk with be dark so bring a flashlight!

Ritual & Nature
a walk and reading

Sunday, Sept 11th
meet 5:45pm*
@ Broadway & W. 155th St.

** Taeyoon & TPS, can someone update the class date/schedule so the info can go out in your weekly email?

p.s. we are still be open for more readings that tie into the locations/theme!

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I've been talking to a few people here and there, apparently there is interest in another reading session... This time out-of-doors and possibly at sundown.

The theme will be *ritual and nature*.

More details to come...

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"What's this about a Walk Study Group at The Public School?"
from: danny 7 Apr 2011 7:34PM

You mean in reference to my note?:

I just checked and the class has ended and somehow deleted from the Public School. In anycase I attended several of their classes, and on one occasion, the walk study was led by Wave Hill artist in residence James Walsh:

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This may be of interest to some of you if you happen to be in San Francisco during April 7–October 30, 2011. (Some lessons on what not to forage, perhaps)

Wicked Plants: Botanical Rogues & Assassins (The Exhibition)

Paralysis, strangulation, derangement – these are just a few of the misdeeds of the plant kingdom as chronicled by award-winning author Amy Stewart in her 2009 New York Times Bestseller, Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities. And now, something wicked this way comes. It’s mayhem under glass, as the Conservatory of Flowers transforms its Special Exhibits Gallery into an eerie Victorian garden full of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. Building on the fascinating plant portraits in Stewart’s book, the Conservatory introduces visitors to living examples of dozens of infamous plants that have left their mark on history and claimed many an unfortunate victim.

As visitors enter the exhibition, they find themselves in a mysterious, untended yard behind a ramshackle old Victorian home. Peeking through the window, it’s clear that a crime has just taken place. A man is slumped over on a table, a goblet in his lifeless hand, as the lady of the house flees in the background. Crows caw, and a rusty gate creaks. In the overgrown garden, moss covered statues rise up out of an unruly thicket of alluring plants. Beautiful flowers and glistening berries bewitch the eye, but consider yourself warned – these plants have names like deadly nightshade, poison hemlock and white snakeroot. Here lurk some of the greatest killers of all time.

The exhibition features over 30 species of wicked plants from those with famously scandalous histories to those that grow “innocently” in millions of gardens and homes today. Visitors can enjoy corresponding excerpts from Stewart’s book full of bloodcurdling tales and fascinating facts on signs throughout the gallery.

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I think at least five of us will meet at the Wave Hill tomorrow. We will meet at the Conservatory around noon.
To get there before noon, one needs to take a train at Grand Central at 11:20am.
please email me if you are coming, so I can share my phone number! taeyoon_at_eyebeam_org

What's this about a Walk Study Group at The Public School?



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