How to Move a Mountain (2 of 3)
Artists: Catherine Powell, Don Watson, and Michael Swaine
Organized by The Citizens' Laboratory (Amanda Eicher, Valerie Imus, Jerome Waag)
At this meeting we'll discuss tension and confrontation within group activity, and how a group works when individuals have specific jobs to do and potentially competing goals. Catherine Powell, Director of the San Francisco Labor Archive and Research Center looks at worker-union relationships and collective bargaining. Don Watson, owner of Wooly Weeders, an open range sheep herding company discusses pastoral tensions between sheep, dogs, and humans. Artist Michael Swaine will examine ways that we try to get closer and create distance, awkwardness, and aggression between each other.
Southern Exposure and The Citizens' Laboratory invite experts on systems of organization from both the human and animal worlds to discuss how various methods of collaboration can inform us as groups and individuals, acknowledging the characteristics that make us particularly human. How to Move a Mountain takes place over three sessions, each including brief presentations by experts, group conversation, and a responsive interpretation by an artist.