Artists may function as weather vanes or harbingers of change, showing current directions of broader social thought, and indicating sites of transformation where intervention may make inequities and blind spots tangible. This occurs in part because artists tend to think things together that are usually separated, precipitating out immanent relationships and economic, social and technological contradictions.
-- Kathryn Weir Curatorial Manager, International Art and Australian Cinémathèque at the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art from "In this together: The aesthetics of inclusion".
Hi, I'm Miriam. I'm an American/Canadian citizen and an Australian resident. I’m intensely curious about people and places, and in particular emerging and established community and economic structures in the American mid-west.
I’m currently living in Chicago, looking for opportunities to exploit my curiosity in places between Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Chicago. I’m looking everywhere from pole dance studios to community gardens, from ‘the View’ to Burning Man, in order to experience and document people’s stories throughout my growing network of community development, urban planning and design and social issue professionals and enthusiasts. Does this sound like you? Join the conversation!
To be honest, I’m not sure what it’s all about, but I’m giving this project the room to evolve and project itself onto me. I’m a conduit. I’m on an undefined mission. I’m open. Here we go!
The purpose of this blog is to identify and discuss modern and/or alternative social and economic structures in the Midwestern US. This is achieved through analyses of admittedly subjective experiences, impressions and social research.
I, and this blog, do not to endorse or promote any activities, behaviors or commercial interests discussed.