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O. L. A. F. T.: Openlands at DePaul


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Open Land Art & Fact Team: Interactive Installation at DePaul


Mock up of the Open Land Art & Fact Team (O.L.A.F.T.) installation

The DePaul Institute for Nature & Culture is delighted to announce the upcoming installation of a new work of art on DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus. Conceived by Chicago photographer Doug Fogelson, Openlands Artist-in-Residence 2015-16, and executed by Fogelson and the Open Land Art & Fact Team in collaboration with Openlands.org, O.L.A.F.T. will be installed at DePaul University in April, as an interactive workstation. In an initial proposal, Fogelson described the project as a “conceptual art intervention.” At this stage, the audience is integral to the work:

This is meant to be an interactive experience where participants are invited to read, inspect, and comment on the items in the shelves. The table has instructions with stickers and comment cards that participants can affix to the back of photographs in the bin and leave with the objects. Artifacts in [sealed] bags are assorted natural objects such as leaves or twigs and assorted refuse such as plastic packaging, [that] have been found in forest or prairie preserves. There are also white sheet printed documents with demographic and ecological information on the locations (Initial Proposal).

The installation will be hosted by DePaul’s John T. Richardson Library in conjunction with Earth Day programming and the April 19th visit to the University of New York Times best selling author, Jeff VanderMeer (McGowan South, Room 108, 6:30-8:30 pm). University leaders are delighted by the obvious topical connections between Fogeslon’s work and Vandermeer’s, as well as the aesthetic resonance of O.L.A.F.T. and VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy.


Fogelson collaborated with a team of artists, over the course of a year, to photograph and creatively survey eight Openland sites. Faculty and students from all colleges, schools, and disciplines are invited to visit the installation, examine the maps, photographs, and artifacts, and add their responses to the project. By interacting with this installation/social experiment, faculty and students will contribute to “meaningful public conversation about the relationship between humans and the spaces we occupy,” in effect co-creating a regional research project and work of art (Open Land Art & Fact Team: O.L.A.F.T. Proposal).

The installation will be located against the west wall on the second floor of the Richardson Library, near room 201, and will be accessible to faculty and students throughout the Spring semester.

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Lead Artist: Doug Fogelson
Installation: Open Land Art & Fact Team (O.L.A.F.T.)
Dates: April 1st – June 1st 2017.
Location: John T. Richardson Library,
2350 North Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614,
Second Floor, west wall, near Room 201

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Environment of Concern (October 9th – November 27th)

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Toward a Gastronomic Urbanism: Chicken Edition

by Hugh Bartling

In keeping with the theme of urban agriculture discussed in this space by my colleague, Barb Willard (see here), I want to use my initial post to introduce a new theoretical project which I am tentatively calling, “towards a gastronomic urbanism.”  By “gastronomy,” I am looking to the word’s Greek origins which I take to mean the laws or rules (-nomy) governing the stomach (gastro).  Adding “urbanism” to the mix, the focus is on how laws or rules in urban areas can impact and structure our food system.  I start from the assumption that our current food system is insufficiently “urban,” that cities can implement policies to remedy this, and that there are good reasons for doing so.

I will elaborate on the concept of gastronomic urbanism in future posts, but for now I’d like to explore how we might think of cities, food, and rules from the standpoint of the regulation of the lowly chicken.

I’ve been interested in animals as a cultural force in cities for a number of years–particularly since reading Mike Davis’  book Ecology of Fear which is a great example of a work that explores the ways in which animals have been deployed as stand-ins for urban disorder.  As a social scientist concerned with public policy, I have been interested how these cultural considerations of the animal’s “place” in the city gets reflected in the realm of regulation and policy making.

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