Jeff, Sarah, Jen, and Kate ate pizza in a ping-pong pizza restaurant last night night, mere hours after Sasha and Malia Obama stopped in for some cheese pizzas. This bodes very well for the journey ahead.
Geyserland: a trainwork by Mary Ellen Strom and...
Hi fellow Empire Builders: http://www.geyserland.org/doc_site/launcher.html Thought you might like to know about this video installation/performance that took place on and from a train a few years ago by two dynamic artists Mary Ellen Strom and Ann Carlson. Hope you enjoy the site. The work is called “Geyserland”. See you all very very soon! Danielle
Hit Book - Cross Country
It’s really starting people!!!! Today, Kate, Jenn, and Sarah meet me in DC. All day long, we’ll be making a Hit Book themed “Cross Country” at Transformer. Hit Book is a zine project by Hit Factorie in Bklyn in which we make one book in one day. We’ll distribute these zines tonight at Comet - a ping pong pizza restaurant and bar - and along our travels. Choo choo! ...
the DC test
In conjunction with my residency at Transformer in Washington DC, I’ll be doing some tests of programs we hope to do on the Amtrak line - except I’ll be on the DC Metro. With such a short opportunity for engagement, i think my projects will be more performative and less participatory. Without time to have people do a full short story reading and response, I’ve selected some...
Twister Meets The Empire Builder
On 27 May 1931, the Great Northern Railway’s crack transcontinental passenger train The Empire Builder was heading eastbound from Seattle to Chicago. Less than an hour out of Fargo, North Dakota, disaster would strike. (Let’s hope history will not repeat itself, but this whole article was really fascinating…scroll down for the Empire Builder bit) -Kate
BTW…Taye Diggs is the National Train spokesperson?!?! What does that even mean??
May 8th is National Train Day. →
Bad at Sports is a great blog and this is a great...
You know you wanna…
I was doing some research on charrettes as a workshop strategy and came upon this as possible etymology. Made me think of Empire Builder. Full details here. In the 16th, 17th, and 18th century when travel took long periods, a Charette referred to long carriage rides in which politicians and policy makers would be sequestered together in order to collaborate in solving a set problem over the...
It Had Entered Our Valleys
Some reading material from our friends at Triple Canopy (also, some of the most recent FEAST grantees).
A map of our route. →
Welcome. Empire Builder is a cross-country, multi-day, artist adventure on the Amtrak line of the same name. We will be converging on the train from cities around the country to meet, conspire, create, and interact while riding the rails to attend the Open Engagement Conference in Portland, OR on May 14th. Please follow along as we embark on this adventure. And play cards.