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Chess Variants hosted by Ted Purves- Tonight at Kadist SF

October 24, 2012

In 1944 André Breton criticized chess and chess playing artists saying that “what must be changed is the game itself, not the pieces.” At Kadist SF we’ll devote an evening to considering a range of artist mutations of the rules or structure of the game of chess, rather than the formal components of the board and pieces.

For more information visit this link– please come by to play a game of chess


Scenes from the Big Feed





Driving to the Big Feed

Fieldfaring is heading east. Over the last three days we have been driving from California to Colorado, where we will be attending M12’s annual Big Feed. We will be presenting our projects during the event, as well as touring M12’s various projects on the Colorado plains.

The BIG FEED is an annual event and action held by M12. It is a celebration of the regional landscape, experimental art and architecture, food, music, culture and community. It is a forum to connect community members and artists in a casual atmosphere, as well as an opportunity for the larger public to learn more about the groundbreaking work presented by the attending community members, artists, musicians, critics, and curators. Landing somewhere between a family reunion, potluck dinner, symposium, and festival, The BIG FEED is held the second weekend in every October. The event is open to the public and the cost of entry is one food item to share.
You can get more information about M12 and the Big Feed here.

Clover through the straw

Peter Huttinger, the director of the CGC’s neighborhood garden program (and a crucial part of the collaboration that made the project happen) sent this picture from the site the other day.

Straw for the winter


After we left, Linnet, one of the residents who worked with us in the circle, returned to the circle to spread straw over the center. This will not only build up the soil, but it will also serve to protect the layer of clover seeds that were sown across the center, which will form the basis of a lawn in years to come.

Circle = Finished

At 4:30 pm on Thursday the 20th of October, the last loads of cover were dumped onto the berm and the center was seeded with red and white clover. Rain is forecast for Friday, which is great timing both for labor and for the plants, and all that is left to do is to put down a layer of straw over the clover seed.

Companion Plants on the Red Bank Circle

On day 5, we focused on finishing the berms and getting the center of the circle seeded with clover, with the help of volunteers Linnet an Sarah. We also were able to turn our attention to putting in the companion plants that will occupy the berms around the Pawpaw trees, eventually spreading around them and holding the surface together to keep it intact.

Most of the species we planted are durable prairie plants, such as Little Bluestem, which are well suited for the dry environment of the Red Bank site. We also planted a trio of Spicebush, which will help bring the insects and birds in to the site in in the spring.

The selection of native plants with help and guidance from Steve and Eileen, the proprietors of Keystone Flora, a truly fantastic nursery for native plants located in NW Cincinnati.  Eileen Frechette  and some quick pictures of Keystone Flora are pictured below.