INSTITUTE FOR COMMUNITY UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN ART AND THE EVERYDAY
FEBRUARY 28, 2007 3:52 PM


[note: this is logo is just for fun P.S. MOUSEOVER!]

We've decided on a name for our project [and for the space]: InCUBATE, short for Institute for Community Understanding Between Art and The Everyday.

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CENTER FOR RESEARCH OF PERIPHERY
FEBRUARY 24, 2007 1:14 AM

Myself and two others have acquired a space in between the Logan Square and Bucktown neighborhoods in Chicago, a space attached to the Congress Theater.

The space will primarily act as an archive and resource center where we will work collaboratively on different projects. There are many things in the works and I'm more than anxious to share them. Initially, we plan on focusing on new conceptual models for non-profit and for-profit systems to work within the same organizations, or totally defy both of these models all together. I never thought I would be so excited to study tax law/practice.

The space is currently being renovated and we move in on March 1. As part of this space, we will also be maintaining a new website [also currently being constructed], that has taken inspiration from G-RAD, of course -

Pictures of the space and more about the projects soon.

*Drawings by Roman Petruniak

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LOGAN SQUARE VIDEO EXCHANGE
FEBRUARY 16, 2007 5:41 PM


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SIGSBEE SCHOOL
FEBRUARY 16, 2007 3:09 PM

Last summer, Emma and I visited an estate sale around the corner from her house a few times. From the kinds of books that we saw and the maps in the basement, we figured she was some kind of teacher. I took down a map that I wanted to buy, and behind it I found this little piece of paper attached to the wall with the Sigsbee School song. I found this photo of the original Sigsbee school ca. 1923:

I know for a fact that this is no longer Sigsbee School, but I'm uncertain if this building still stands or if this building once was at the location of the present day Sigsbee School.

The idea of transcribing an alternate history for a specific place, like Grand Rapids for instance or even more specific such as 294 Rosewood Grand Rapids, MI - is paradigmatic of G-RAD. I'm excited for the launching of the Grand Rapids Wiki - someday.

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"PUT IT ON CRAIGGY'S LIST..."
FEBRUARY 4, 2007 11:44 PM

This past July, I was doing some minor carpentry work and staining trim and wood floors for some landlords in the Logan Square and Humboldt Park neighborhoods in Chicago. The majority of the work I did was for this woman in her early 40s who worked as a crossing guard downtown and owned a 3-flat in Humboldt Park.

During the two months I worked for her I completed tasks ranging from shopping for antique doorknobs, grocery shopping and "puttin' it on Craiggy's List." I was cleaning this weekend, getting rid of old piles of papers and I found this note. It was my first experience being this liaison between this woman and the website http://chicago.craigslist.org. About a week after translating this note into standard craigslist style, she asked me to look for cars for her son. They also made me a note listing all different makes and models, some totally made up or just horribly spelled [I know I have this list somewhere]. That same week after looking for cars her son, she had a request of her own.

"Can you find me a man on craiggy's list? I like to travel. So a good looking man, who likes to travel and take care of a beautiful woman."

I didn't really know what to say and didn't want to offend her, so I asked she draft a note/list like before. I finished the job staining the last apartment and haven't heard from her since, nor did I get her "man" list.

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