For a week at the end of November/beginning of December 2021, the Red Rover Reading Series invited us* to take part in their “Reading Experiment in Progress,” described as “a 6-day experiment in community and generosity”. We* put out some fliers with a prompt for this zine and then came in one afternoon for an hour with all our glue sticks and typewriters and scraps of paper to put something together together.
*us! who is us: me, you, all of us. specifically, a variety of chicago artists and writers, generally, everyone who wandered through the cultural center during that week and came in contact with the readings and performances and installations going on
*we! here is some people from meekling press
Here was the prompt we proposed:
Write, doodle, draw, paint, sketch, collage, compose, collaborate, collect, communicate your vision of the world you are working towards. What does it look like? How do we take care of each other? What do we eat? Where do we live?
And here are the responses. It’s weird, it’s messy, it’s 2021, baby. Scraps of paper with wishes written on them and tossed to the wind.
P.S.: The Red Rover Reading Experiment (the theme of which was “how can we create change in the world right now?”*) took place within the Lumpen exhibit called “Successful Failures” at the Chicago Cultural Center.
*and the world is changing right now whether we create it or not! big, powerful, necessary, painful, beautiful, and terrible changes, every which way.