The bicycle was introduced in the early 19th Century in Europe. The bicycle’s invention has had an enormous effect on society, both in terms of culture and of advancing modern industrial methods. (Thanks Wikipedia!)
July has been a month of celebrating bikes in the Greater Lansing Area. Organized events involving the word bike usually mean a number of things: music, food, hydrating, fixing, exercise, exploring, and good ole’ fun. Every week the Lansing Bike Party, a social bike club gets together and rides to different locations, sometimes ending at a bar, other times, farms, lakes, museums, and ice cream shops. Other groups that have collaborated with the Lansing Bike Party include Michigan State Students for the Broad Art Museum, a student-group dedicated to celebrating diversity by creating connections through art and culture while promoting the Broad Art Museum.
The planned bike ride for July 26th, 2013 will be a celebration of a the current exhibition Blind Field at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.
This exhibition focuses on a young generation of twenty-one artists working in Brazil who offer a critical perspective on processes of transition within contemporary society, be it from the public space of the street to the virtual zone of the computer screen, or the scale of local communities to the structure of large-scale political action. From the dramatic construction of the ultramodern capital of Brasília in the late 1950s to the country’s status as an emerging economic powerhouse in the 21st century, Brazilian national identity is inextricably intertwined with the idea of potentiality or promise and possibility. Yet the Brazilian saying from which this idea derives is more complex, for it suggests that the notion of potentiality is itself something of a mirage, an illusion that blinds its citizens to the reality of present day constraints. In 1970, the French sociologist and philosopher Henri Lefebvre described the “blind field” as a particular experience of urban existence, in which the culturally or politically constructed concept of a place obscures the actual experience of daily life. The work in this exhibition builds a portrait of a nationalistic disconnect between idealism and the mundane. Blind Field powerfully examines the way in which the obstruction of perception can illuminate alternate modes of knowledge and experience. Together, these works convey the complexity and heterogeneity of an art milieu that is at once tied to a specifically Brazilian experience, but is manifestly global in reach, reminding viewers of the constant cultural messages that impact the way we see our world. (http://broadmuseum.msu.edu/exhibitions/blind-field)
Friday, July 26—Blind Field’s Bike Fields: Lansing to East Lansing Bike Ride
Start at the Capitol Building (Lansing) and end at the Broad MSU (East Lansing)
6:30–8:30pm, followed by refreshments and the Late Night Film Picnic: Hour of the Star
In conjunction and with support from Lansing Bike Party and MSUSBAM
*Meet at the Lansing Capitol Building at 6:30pm
A bike ride that will focus on exploring Lansing and East Lansing’s “Blind Fields.” In constant flux, our daily routines change due to environmental, cultural, and political climates. This bike ride will investigate alternative modes of transportation and how this effects our perception of constructed and obstructed spaces. The ride will begin at the Capitol building in Lansing, then explore abandoned spaces, industrial power plants and The River Trail, eventually ending at The Broad Art Museum MSU to view the Blind Field exhibition and a special feature film screening of the Brazilian feature film, Hour of the Star (to be screened in the outside courtyard).
Friday, July 26—Late Night Film Picnic: Hour of the Star
9pm, Outside Courtyard (weather permitting)
Bring a blanket and a snack and watch a feature film outside in the Broad MSU courtyard
Based on the novel of the same name by Clarice Lispector, this acclaimed feature film directed by Suzana Amaral portrays a young Brazilian woman searching for romance and fulfillment in Sao Paulo. It was Brazil’s 1986 Oscar nominee for best foreign film. “Andy Warhol said that in the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. “Hour of the Star” is a title that suggests a similar idea that this woman deserves one moment in her life when all of her dreams seem to come true.” – Roger Ebert
Click the link to the Facebook Invite https://www.facebook.com/events/591049130927261/?ref=ts&fref=ts
Yellow Bike revisited <> Part II <>
During the 5th season of Michigan, aka construction, biking may seem virtually impossible because of the drastic measures re-building a road takes. From a biker’s perspective and one that uses a bike to get to work, go to the bank, shop for groceries etc… means alternative routes, bumpy and dangerous roads, and sometimes going into untamed territory. The side walk is filled with equipment and the roads are one lane. Biker’s have to think quickly and safely to get from A to B. On my way home from work and passing out fliers all over East Lansing for the upcoming bike ride this friday, I was hungry and eager to meet friends at El Oasis Taco Truck for a quick bite before band practice. About half way there…
what looked like an octopus leg or maybe a road sign was in the middle of the side walk. The road was congested with cars, packed like sardines on a subway in Manhattan, it seemed everyone was trying to get to the taco truck. Only I was abruptly attacked by the road sign. It stuck it’s long tentically leg out and tripped me. Thankfully I was wearing a helmet. I skidded on the rocky gravel and uneven sidewalk scraping the side of my back, elbows, bruising my knees and exposed ankle. My backpack, lunch, u-lock, pens and pencils sprawled spread eagle on the side walk. Also spread eagle on the side walk, I moaned, disoriented, and frustrated…being a little extra dramatic makes it more interesting when getting into a bike accident. Draws in a crowd ;).
"I’m going to sue you". I said jokingly after two construction men rushed to help me. I let out a few chuckles, brushed my shoulder’s off, collected my belongings, and made my way to the taco truck.
nom nom nom veggie burrito’s make my wheels go round :).
Everyday I wake up
smile and thank my body for feeling healthy and able. hiiiiyaaaa
however-yesterday on a lazy sunday morning my entire body ached
my energized and and normal punky self could not get out of bed
around 5 i decided that it would probably be a good idea to get some fresh air
in lue of the Bike to Farms and Food bike ride I am planning I thought it would be a good idea to start mapping the route. i hopped on my cannondale commuter yellow bike, purple helmet, and sunshield shades and hit the road.
Hunter Park Garden House was my first stop. I made a loop around the park and was amazed by the happy sounds coming from the public pool, a couple dazing in the sun, a basketball game, and bbq party all happening in one shared space- and not to mention a sweet looking green house, strawberry plants in bloom, and so many colorful flowers popping all over the place.
Next stop was Waltzing Willows where Colleen was busy covering her crops with hay to protect her broccoli from invasive weeds. Her roomie Ellie was helping :) .
I made my way to the end of S. Francis to Kirk’s land (he runs several spaces, a trade cooperative, and much more)- I found him at his new plot with his curly blond hair, shirtless, busy digging holes for a fence he was making with huge branches (locally sourced of course).
Out on the town for about 30 minutes, I felt an urge to keep going even though my body was heavy, calves soar, throat dry, and feeling a fever coming on… I told myself to keep going. I wanted to visit one more farm on Clemens, close located close to 496 highway.
Taking Francis to Kalamazoo I slowly biked to S. Clemens, and whizzed down an unexpected hill
checked out the land, snapped a few photos, and continued on a bridge over 496.
This highway along with 127, when built split the east side community and neighborhood, relocating, and destroying many homes in the process.
having thought about that for a minute- i needed to focus on my route and how I could make my way back to the east side in a safe and fun way.
The River Trail entrance was up ahead on my left. I was now on Aurelius. I signaled with my left hand, and gracefully rode through the woods and back to my homestead.