Field Station 1 considers the stretch of land that extends from the Mississippi River’s headwaters at Lake Itasca, down to the unglaciated region that crosses southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin, and northeastern Iowa known as the Driftless. This stretch of the Mississippi River marks both its “natural” and “anthropogenic” origin, where a small creek becomes a continental torrent, where the Dakota, Ojibwe, and many other native peoples centered their material and spiritual lives, and where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has pursued its mandate to organize, manage, and direct the river’s flow for almost two centuries.
Activities will include:
- Walking tours and site visits of the Upper Harbor Terminal site (September 20, 1-4pm) and the Ford Dam (September 21, 1-4pm) with John Anfinson (NPS), Roopali Phadke, Morgan Adamson and Bruce Braun
- Sound installations by Monica Haller, Max Ritts, Michi Wiancko, Judd Greenstein, Sebastian Müllauer, and others
- Original films about the Mississippi River and the headwaters region by Andrea Carlson, Tia-Simone Gardner, John Kim, Jenny Schmid
- An Anthropocene workshop with Jen Caruso
- Discussions with Mike Hoyt and Molly Van Avery about their Illuminate the Lock 2018 art piece
- Live music with IE (others TBA)