[inter/meta/trans] Fwd: Free Bus Soil Tour, June 5-7, 2008

adam overton a at plus1plus1plus.org
Thu May 29 01:17:41 EDT 2008

Free Bus Soil Tour, June 5-7, 2008


Free Soil will present a bus tour, outdoor film/video festival and on- 
site exchange in conjunction with the 2nd Biennial 01SJ Global  
Festival of Art on the Edge in San Jose, California. This tour takes  
inspiration from the spirit of local counter cultural activities  
prevalent in the late 1960s namely the free-school movement and  
string of bacd-to-the-landers in the hills west of Silicon Valley. A  
roaming classoom, the bus will wind in and out of the past and  
present using the the local landscape as a lens to look closer at a  
host of related issues. The early work done in Silicon Valley by  
people with visions of improving the world wasn't isolated from their  
politics or what was going on around them. It was part of a broader  
movement and a profound cultural shift. Through this bus tour and its  
related events, Free Soil will look at and draw from various forms of  
education as cultural production and creative resistance.

Join 30 artists, scientists, curators on a 1.5 day long journey that  
includes small walks, lectures, mini-workshops and other particpatory  
events. The Tour lasts 7 hours and includes lunch, drink and snacks.

Previous Bus Tour Links


Free Soil:

Amy Franceschini
Amy is a new media artist and educator. Her work is pervaded with  
images of growth-reminding us that both nature and our own creative  
natures are precious commodities that must be nurtured and sustained  
whether it is on the web or in our own backyards. Amy founded  
Futurefarmers in 1995, as a means to bring together multidisciplinary  
artists to create new work. She is currently teaching Media Theory  
and Practice courses at Stanford University and the San Francisco Art  

Nis Rømer
Nis works with public art in the city, on the web and in the  
newsmedia. With a playfull and interactive approach, he makes  
situations for change and reflection. He has a special interest in  
the social and political organization of space and in how processes  
of globalization affects the city and our natural environment.

Stijn Schiffeleers
Working in many media Stijn reveals the subtleties of life via film,  
video and interactive installations. His work embodies a sense of  
play and sensitivity that reminds us to take a closer look at what  
surrounds us. Stijn lives and works between Gent, Belgium and San  

Michael Swaine
Michael is an inventor and designer working in many media. He is the  
analog anchor of the studio. Michael has collaborated with  
Futurefarmers since 1997. Michael is dedicated to working in the  
community, Swaine's "Reap What You Sew" Generosity Project involved  
him pushing an old fashioned ice cream style cart on wheels with a  
treadle-operated sewing machine on it through the streets of San  
Francisco. Currently, Michael is teaching at California College of  
the Arts.



Bridget Barnhart
Bridget currently lives on a boat in the Berkely Harbor and works in  
the Bay Area. She graduated from California College of the Arts with  
her MFA in Social Practice in 2007, and received her BFA from the New  
York College of Ceramics, Art and Design at Alfred University in  
2002. Bridget's projects explore ideas of alternative learning  
processes and the concept of the specialist. Along with this work she  
has developed an affinity for all things fermented.

David Elliot
David Elliot is an artist currently finishing his MFA in New Media at  

Shada/Jahn (Steve Shada & Marisa Jahn)
Steve Shada & Marisa Jahn are artists and co-founders of "Pond: art,  
activism, & ideas." Their work explores, constructs, and intervenes  
natural and social systems. Ranging in practice from deeply personal  
to highly participatory, their work often relies on the collaborative  
authorship and distributive intelligence of surrounding people and  
situations. They are interested in the way that collective authorship  
shifts the production and interpretation of art towards an  
appreciation of process, context, and re-invention.

Nance Klehm
Nance Klehm is a radical ecologist, designer, urban forager, teacher,  
artist and mad scientist
of the living. Her solo and collaborative work focuses on creating  
participatory social
ecologies in response to a direct experience of a place. She has  
shown and taught in Mexico,
Australia, England, Scandanavia and various places in the United States.

Hope Hilton
Hope Hilton was born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and is co-founder of  
the curatorial artist collectives Dos Pestañeos (NYC) and  
21citiesatonceperformed (Atlanta). As an artist Hilton curates,  
collaborates, designs, writes and walks. She recently completed a 60- 
mile walk in the Southern United States, recognizing the walk a slave  
named Henry made to announce the birth of her great-great  
grandmother. She is most interested in researching and creating  
social architecture as an education strategy.

Sarah Lewison
Sarah Lewison is an artist and writer whose work explores power,  
economic, material ecologies and political subjectivity through time- 
based performative events.

Corrine Matesich
Corinne Matesich draws, researches and will remain a student for  
quite a while. Her interests are currently in developing a better  
educational experience through informal paths and collaborative  
groups, and entertaining ideas for rigorous imagination exercises.  
She lives in San Francisco, CA, and Tucson, Arizona.

Geoff Morris, Interaction Designer
Geoff Morris is currently finishing his M.A. in symbolic systems at  
Stanford University. He uses technology to reveal truth.

Rick Prelinger/Prelinger Archive/Library
Rick Prelinger is the founder of the Prelinger Archives in 1983 and  
co-founder of the Prelinger Library. Over twenty years, it has grown  
into a collection of over 60,000 "ephemeral" (advertising,  
educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film  
collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture,  
Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Its goal remains to  
collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic  
significance that haven't been collected elsewhere.

The Prelinger Library is an appropriation-friendly, browsable  
collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals, printed  
ephemera and government documents located in San Francisco, California.

Teacher With the Bus
A project initiated by Jens-Peter Jungclaussen. The bus is a former  
school bus that runs on vegetable oil and serves as a mobile  
classroom combining leisure with an environmental message that  
fosters education, entertainment, and sustainability.

Adam Wight
Instigator of the Local (campus farmers market at UC Berkeley), the  
People's U (free school on UC Berkeley Campus) and worker at two new  
Berkeley Food Co-ops.

Veronica Wiman
Veronica is an independent curator and writer. She is currently a  
guest curator at Johannesburg Art Gallery and Bildmuseet. Her main  
interest lies within the interdisciplinary in art, social practice  
and alternative education, exploring the politics and participatory  
relations in the public realm. Contemporary conceptual craft, design  
and responsible architecture is a specific interest which often is  
included in the discourse around the projects or implemented  
practically in exhibitions and interventions.



What we want to learn...
How we want to learn...

"The bus allows the use of scattered resources, such as parks,  
museums, industry, libraries etc. It can establish a short term base  
at these places which allows a relaxed and varied use of the  
situation and makes the duplication of the resources of a school  
-Excerpt from Streetwork: The Exploding School, Ward and Fyson

"Today's child is bewildered when he enters the 19th century  
environment that still characterizes
the educational establishment where information is scarce, but  
ordered and structured by fragmented, classified patterns subjects,  
and schedules."
-Marshall McLuhan, 1967

"Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can  
be understood without understanding both."
-C. Wright Mills

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