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A CALL to New York area old and new media makers -
Please join us for Garlic harvesting in Andes, New York
July 27-August 4, 2002
"St(r)eaming the fields" is a field harvesting and public network
by Shu Lea Cheang for "Challenge to the Field" Award granted by Lyn Blumenthal
Memorial Fund for Independent Media.
Borrowing from Argentina's "El club del Trueque" (Club of Exchange)
that advocates parallel economy reciprocity practices and
speculating on a post-capitalist, post-arts funding, "after the
crash" scenario, "St(r)eaming the fields" project aims to realize a
media exchange and digital commons shared network using organic
garlic as social currency to establish a media trading system.
In collaboration with organic farmer Tovey Halleck, the project's
first phase of production (July 27- August 4) calls for the
independent media field to congregate at the green fields in upstate
New York (3 hour bus/car ride from New York City) where garlic crops
are expected to be ripe and fresh for harvesting. During this week of
harvesting season, we invite and welcome media makers and friends to
join as garlic harvesting crew hands.
As we dig garlic bulbs out of rich soil, we exchange and reflect on
the grounds of current media conditions.
Food and board are traded for Labor and thoughts. The collective
garlic harvesting sessions are documented
as net streaming data.
For the second phase of the project, a website will be
launched in the early September for online media trading using
virtual garlic as credito. The third phase of the project will take
place at the end of September. We bring in truckload of harvested
garlic to New York city for trading - virtual garlic credito for
edible garlic and edible garlic for public access wireless network in
public spaces. In early October, we distribute garlic bulbs for
global shared network at NAMAC (The National Alliance for Media Arts
and Culture) conference in Seattle and return to the green fields to
reseed the garlic cloves for next generation harvesting.
For project proposal and more information: http://WWW.RICH-AIR.COM
To participate in garlic harvesting during the period of July 27 to August 4
please send an e-mail to Shu Lea Cheang