Since Fall of 2017 I have been working with my mother Beth Neff (a food systems organizer/activist, organic farmer, writer, etc) and others to establish MARSH (Materializing & Activating Radical Social Habitus) in St. Louis, MO. More information and opening idealistic statements are HERE.
MARSH will open this Spring (2019) with three initial situations, the first involving an Open Call for the Bioculturealities Symposium and Performance Festival, the second very open Open call for projects, residencies, organizational collaborations, and so on, the third the most formal project, a worker’s co-operative of chefs/cooks/food service workers who will own and operate the 1950’s-style diner and industrial kitchen (serving regular breakfast, the diner can be also be used other times for pop-ups and projects involving food and gathering). Housing space (both for “artists” and others needing emergency or temporary housing), shop space, and public garden/permaculture site are also present.
2019 OPEN CALLS
MARSH (Materializing & Activating Radical Social Habitus) invites proposals for our first full year of public collaboration, research, and performance.
1) the Bioculturealities Practical Symposium and Performance Festival is scheduled for June 9-16, 2019. Deadline for proposals is February 11, 2019. BIOCULTURALITIES PROPOSAL FORM
2) Rolling Open Call for “Biocultural” projects in 2019. No deadline. ROLLING PROJECTS PROPOSAL FORM
RESOURCES DOCUMENT document (information about the site, its spaces and capabilities)
MARSH is a laboratory site for practical research into and as forms-of-life (habitus) both cultural and biotic. Where our (in)human bodies entangle, at an identified site/situation from which our embodiments and social bodilies can be seen to emerge, performativities are both compulsory and intentional, conditioned and designed. This symposium and festival will ask and address inquiries such as: How do we intervene in and materialize ourselves and each other, our diverse and speciated directives, our multiplicit and shared eco-and-cultural-logics? How do we inhabit and materialize “realities” through difference, (in)decision, (e)motion, conception, collaboration, and meaning-making?
As MARSH opens (up), its establishing personae (Beth Neff, Esther Neff, Kaia Gilje, and others) desire to both clearly state our ethics and to remain porous to the vast complexities of value(s) and desires present in and presented by persons, paradigms, and other bodilies. We take a stand against racism, capitalism, patriarchy, colonialism, and extractive-coercive forms of (in)human(e) operation, yet this stance must be activated and enacted, not simply stated. How can we directly embody and perform other-wisely, realistically yet idealistically, intentionally enculturating while moving in considerate correlationship and response? This first year of programming is both wide-open and specific, an attempt to provide resources that stimulate and ground experimental, practical, performative research and provisionally navigate the conditions and contexts that currently (in)form mindsets, ethics, habits, needs, abilities, and other elements of biocultural praxis.