Since 2013 I have been working with what I term “Soft Rebellions” as a way of questioning the representation of certain post-industrial cities in relation to my position as a woman born and bred in the city of Sheffield in the UK. These are cities whose “reason for being”, their industry, has transformed so significantly that the use of their nicknames: “The Potteries” (Stoke-on-Trent, UK), “The Motor City (Detroit, USA), “The Steel City” (Sheffield, UK), becomes a melancholy gesture that talks about the past, not the now, nor the future.
Mystery Spot Books produces small run artist books, zines, and other publications that trace the contours and quirks of the human-altered landscape. Mystery Spot is a project of Minneapolis-based artist Chad Rutter and Austin-based scholar Emily Roehl, and collaboration between art and scholarship is central to their work.
EdibleEcologies is a series of social sculptures that remediate a cultural memory disorder that we call “industrial amnesia.” Through a series of participatory happenings and performances, EdibleEcologies revives endangered food practices, saving them from extinction and remixing them for the future.
by Catherine Meeks, ASLE News Editor
Originally published in the Spring 2013 Edition of ASLE News
Ruth Ozeki is a writer and filmmaker. She is the best-selling author of three novels, My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, as well as the director of several independent films, including Halving the Bones. She is on the advisory editorial board of the Asian American Literary Review and a member of the Creative Advisory Council of Hedgebrook, a women’s writing retreat …