Skydive is pleased to open its new home at 2041 Norfolk Street to present Saturday Free School & Pot-luck with PLAND on Nov 13th. PLAND founders Erin Elder, Nina Elder, and Nancy Zastudil will also visit the University of Houston November 12-15, 2010 to collaborate with University of Houston, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center IART Program “Art & Activism” students to create a tour of re-purposed architecture in the rich landscape of Houston; both are open for public participation. PLAND was a 2010 recipient of the Warhol Foundation Idea Fund Grant.

PLAND Building living structure. Image by PLAND

PLAND, Practice Liberating Art through Necessary Dislocation, is an off-the-grid residency program that supports the development of experimental and research-based projects in the context of the Taos mesa in New Mexico. PLAND finds its inspiration in a legacy of pioneers, entrepreneurs, homesteaders, artists, and other counterculturalists who – through both radical and mundane activities – reclaim and reframe a land-based notion of the American Dream. Part alternative school, part laboratory, part homestead, part art studio, PLAND is an active solution for merging art into life.

Schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Nov 13: Saturday Free School for the Arts & Potluck with PLAND

12:30-2:30pm @ 2041 Norfolk St

Bring your favorite fall dish to share, as well as plate, bowl, cup and utensils. Join PLAND for a shared meal and experimental dish-washing workshop focused on actively rethinking the power grid and living with limited resources.  Learn about PLAND’s unique approach to residency programming, sustainability, and alternative community building.

Please RSVP to info@theskydive.org

Monday, November 15: Houston area re-use tour with UH Mitchell Center students

11-2pm meets at 2041 Norfolk Street

PLAND will collaborate with UH Mitchell Center IART Program “Art & Activism” students to create a tour of Houston “re-use” that includes repurposed buildings, reclaimed structures, re-imagined sites, recycled materials, and other forms of re-use. Students will act as tour guides as PLAND founders respond with a group discussion about environment and landscape, determined use value, capital/currency/exchange, social change, direct action, and rural vs urban agricultural practices.

Bring your own re-use location to share, with map in-hand, to add to the tour.

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