Location to Station

Three artists--Dan Luedtke, Nick Lally, and Katie Hargrave--travel to three communities explore the limits of connection in video, print, and social practice.
Katie Hargrave
Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
3 Team Members

How are communities constructed? As we create networks of friends and colleagues, we also meet folks we disagree with, sound or look different than us, or have different goals. In this social practice and video project we visit three communities separated by space and time, help them to communicate their stories in print and electronic media, and place these different spaces into contact using radio transmitters, newsletters, and semaphore flags. 

Can a senior center in Iowa transmit their life stories? Can forgotten Cahokia speak to a reinvented rust-belt town? For two weeks leading up to ACRE, we’ll travel to Iowa City Senior Television Center, Cahokia Archaeological Society, and Braddock, Pennsylvania. We are interested in forcing these locations together, creating a perverse space of contact that opens our traditional understanding of location-based identity.

This project has two manifestations:

1) a series of social interactions with each community including radio, printed oral histories, and participatory actions between locations, as well as

2) a fractured video essay exploring the process of community building and the American road trip as a narrative trope. We intend the video documentary to complicate “community” and inform our interactions in each site. Our editing techniques flesh out the contradictions of community by using structural and nonlinear editing.

We ask questions. We document. We help them tell their story. What is connection? What is community? Can we be a thread that brings these groups together? When does that thread knot and break?

This is the first big project we’ve worked on together. We met at the ACRE residency last year, and spent our time there helping each other with our individual projects - in the printshop, shooting videos, and talking about our practices. We’ve been planning this project since we left, and we’re ready to work hard and long to push our skills and strengths.

Once we travel to our three locations, we’ll have two dedicated weeks at the ACRE artist residency to edit our footage into a rough cut, after which the work will be divided. The time at ACRE is invaluable, as it is removed from the distractions of our daily lives. We’ll be able to work with a sustained rigor that’s not possible without your support.

Who is in the car? Why us?

As three individuals from distinct artistic backgrounds, we work together in order to enhance our discreet practices by combining various disciplines and pushing our work into new realms of collaborative and social practice. We come from the fields of new media, printmaking, installation and fibers, but when we work together as a collaborative group we find ourselves moving out of our comfort zones into the interstitial space of social practice through experimental video and media production.

Most importantly, within the group and with our community partners, we intend to create a space for new methods of learning while encouraging unpredictable experimentation. Our geographical traversing of the country reflects our meandering and multifaceted approach to the creation of art and knowledge.

We bring skill-sets that allow us to come together to create a more meaningful interaction with each community. Dan Luedtke (Chicago, IL) will run our newspaper printing unit, Katie Hargrave (Minneapolis, MN) will produce semaphore flags, and Nick Lally (Oakland, CA) will lead radio transmitters workshops. Together, we edit the video into the final piece. 

So you want to help? What will you get as a reward?

All of our rewards allow you to be involved in the project, including participating from afar and getting ephemera based on the pieces from the road. 

Newspapers that Dana Bassett created for the Miami Art Fair in collaboration with ACRENewspapers that our friend Dana Bassett created for the Miami Art Fair in collaboration with ACRE. She will be helping us create similar newspapers upon our return. 

One of Katie Hargrave's flags of the Mississippi RiverOne of Katie Hargrave's flags of the Mississippi River.
She'll make flags for you based on images of your own design. 
Print by Nick Lally. 
Nick Lally's zineAnd his screenprinted zine created at ACRE last year. 
Dan Luedtke's silkscreens, skills he's bringing on the road to make our maps and editioned prints.

postcardsPostcards designed by Dan. 

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  • $1USD
    Shout out!

    We’ll give you a shout on out on our homemade lo-fi radio station from the road. Anything you want us to say, we’ll say it.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $3USD
    Artist-made notecard

    For the average price of a gallon of gas (of which we will need about 100 total for the trip!), you can get a beautifully designed and printed notecard + envelope.

    2 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $5USD

    Mention in the community newspapers we're printing in each location + above

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $20USD
    Digital Download

    Digital download of our video documentation + shout outs from above

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $25USD
    Community Newspaper

    Selection of printed and embellished newspapers from the project + shout outs

    15 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $30USD
    Printed map

    Silkscreened map of our planned route printed by Dan Luedtke + digital download and shout outs

    19 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $40USD

    DVD copy of our video in a handmade case + digital download, newspaper and shout outs.

    2 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $50USD
    Artist print

    Four-color art print designed and printed by our master printers Dan and Nick while at the ACRE Artist residency + digital download and shout outs

    10 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $60USD
    2 Silk Screened Postcard Sets

    4 limited edition screen printed postcards. We'll mail you 4 postcards from our travels, and throw in an extra set for you to use on your own.

    0 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $100USD
    Semaphore Flag

    Replicas of the semaphore flags we designed with our community partners at Cahokia, IDA, Braddock or Senior Center TV (your choice!)

    1 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $200USD
    Portfolio Site

    Nick will help you create an artist portfolio site from one of the many fantastic templates for Wordpress or Stacey. It will look great and be easy to update. You will be responsible for purchasing a hosting plan.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $250USD
    Personalized flag

    Personalized 3x5’ Flag designed in consultation with Katie Hargrave made out of canvas and ready to fly + Digital downloads and shout outs

    6 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $450USD
    All of the above!

    Personalized flag, Artist Print, Silkscreened map, Semaphor Flags, DVD, Newspapers, and shout outs! Wow!

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Limited Edition grab bag

    You’ll receive a limited edition original artwork from all three of our team members. Items might include prints, DVDs, zines, flags, embroidery, drawings, or other surprises!

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