Friday, June 6, 2014

The Swing and the Wall

John Preus's The Swing, made from discarded public school chairs
This Saturday is the beginning of The Swing and The Wall: Envisioning new autonomous learning, Rethinking school, Reimagining Chicago, a collaborative project put together by several artists and artist groups at the Comfort Station, an art space in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

The Swing and the Wall features a temporary stage set made from discarded Chicago Public School desks and chairs, prototyping an everyday free theater, housed in the cozy space of the Comfort Station. Designed as a test site for ideas about programmed and unstructured play and learning, the exhibition's minimal built environment will be activated by an ongoing series of events and performances, including the upcoming chocolate meditation (!), bookbinding workshop, and comedy showcase.

These learning-based social events are all focused around the central theme of education, a topic that resonates with most parents. By experimenting with various modes and philosophies of education and openly discussing public education and school reform, The Swing and The Wall tries to challenge and empower viewers of all ages to exercise agency over their own education.

Don't miss the opening is this Saturday night from 7-9pm, as artist & parent Laura Shaeffer performs with her kids to music played by artist parent John Preus. It’s a potluck, so join us for food, music and frightening statistics!

I am 9 and Southside Hub of Production proclaim four Sundays in June for creative idleness and pleasurable learning, inviting everyone to participate in both a programmed and drop-in way.

Projects Include:
The Swing, created by John Preus 
The Wall, created by Kevin Reiswig
with a mind map by Jim Duignan
and contributions by Jerry Marciniack,
North Branch Projects,
Sammuel Petrichos of Spice!,
Eleanor Ray, Clive Tanaka,
Kate Hadley Williams, David Yontz,
You, and many more to come!

Curated by Thea Liberty Nichols

For a full schedule of events see their Facebook page.
Drop by or contact to get involved

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