In fact, drop by INOVA (check their hours) any time between tomorrow evening and EOB on Sept. 20 to see the Cargo Space Chicago/Milwaukee collaborative exhibition. SOON TO BE A BOOK (you heard it here first)…
“…our future will continue to be shaped by the mass movements of people who are pursuing dreams or escaping nightmares.”—Michael Barone is senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner and author of Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics.
The Cargo Space has successfully transferred itself from Papermaker’s Garden in the South Loop of Chicago to just under the eaves at INOVA in Milwaukee. Starting tomorrow, artists from Chicago and Milwaukee will descend on the space. Come knock on the bus door, or better yet pop by this coming Wednesday to check on our progress.
We leave Houston on Monday and will aim the bus North. Be sure to keep checking back for updates as the real fun begins — linking up with artists and develop new exhibitions in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois, — and if you see us on the road HONK long and loud!
The Phase Two changes have been happening so fast that we’ve not been able to keep up with them. The latest (and greatest) comes from our friend Dual who gave the bus a much needed exterior makeover. Glamour shots will follow, but here are a few Cargo Space selfies to whet your appetite.
The Cargo Space has received its shots, a new windshield wiper motor, and has been certified road safe and ready for another year. It was the expected result, but it’s still nice to hear. A week or ten days, at the outside, should see us on the road, with a complete suite of living necessities - water, power, and furniture. The to-do list is short and includes the house air conditioner, re-hanging the curtains, and the addition of some wood trim.
Although we have running water in the shower, there’s no sink in our lavatory (at least not in this phase ). The solution that we’ve landed on is to build an old-fashioned wash stand.
Ours is in-progress. It will occupy less space than the above example, but will have everything we need.
Once a hole is cut in the top — to hold the enameled wash basin — we’ll attach the top to the base. The base will hold a glass gallon jug of fresh water.
Although you can’t see it, the base is slatted to allow any spillage to drain away, rather than stand. The top will be cantilevered over the base, allowing a little elbow room, and will get braced once the top is attached. Hooks will hold hand towels. Of course, when it’s done, the whole thing will be bolted to the bulkhead and the floor. It’s slight, but a practical and solid solution.
Three States, 3000 miles. First official stop, The Poor Farm
As we finalize all systems for go, we should start talking about where we’re headed. Our first official stop is at The Great Poor Farm Experiment in Wisconsin. Brainchild of Brad Killam and Michelle Grabner, the Poor Farm is a rural arts center that takes after the German kunsthalle. We’re pleased to be working with Bad at Sports while we’re there, providing a base of operations for them to do their arts podcast, and maybe even some broadcasting.
Check back often, we roll out details on some (what we think are) really interesting projects, with some (what we know are) great institutions in the midwest!
Starting on Tuesday, our lives will be filled with crawling around the bus as we work on the plumbing. Cribbed from the internet, we’ve adapted this plumbing diagram for our needs. We’re taking a chance with a new (14 years old) kind of trap for our drains. Traditional P traps are problematic on RVs as the water seal has a tendency to slosh out of the trap during travel. The HEPVO is a waterless trap. We’re banking on it doing its job. It comes highly recommended, but opinions are like elbows… See how we brought that back around? It’s our first plumbing joke! Don’t expect too many more, as we imagine that our humor will vanish as the plumbing work intensifies…