On November 20th, 2014, LOOKING FOR A CARETAKER FOR SALMON CREEK FARM…

Salmon Creek Farm cabins

Salmon Creek Farm cabins

a 32 acre commune/art/farm project in the coastal redwoods of Mendocino/Albion:

I am looking for a live-in caretaker – single or couple – with general handy / carpentry / mechanical / gardening interests and skills for an enchanted 32 acre former commune with 10+ cabins in the coastal redwoods of Albion. It is being revived to welcome artist/maker friends for regular visits. The caretaker(s) should be knowledgable and thoughtful about the stewardship of local land/resources and interested in the loose sort of artist community that will be developing.

In 1971 Salmon Creek Farm was founded two miles from the coast in Albion, California. Over 30 acres of second-growth redwoods slope to the south from a meadow and fruit orchard on top, to a creek in the valley. Structures include a small community cottage, 9+ owner-built cabins secluded on footpaths throughout the land, plus various out-houses, out-buildings and abandoned structures buried in the woods. One by one the original founders moved away and with its purchase in November 2014 it starts a new chapter. The revival begins with researching it’s social and ecological history, fixing up the cabins, establishing food gardens and generally bringing new life to the place. An extended community of local and international builders, carpenters, crafts-people, farmers, gardeners, makers, permaculturists, woodworkers, ceramicists, cooks, dancers, foragers, furniture makers, musicians, oven builders, sign makers, textile artists, weavers, wood carvers, writers, etc. will be making regular visits for work, retreat, on-site projects, and to generally contribute to the revival of the place.

An initial trial arrangement would involve part-time care-taking and managing in exchange for accommodations in one of the small cabins in a private corner of the property. Future income may be possible from special projects and managing two short-term cabin rentals. This is a really great long-term opportunity for the right person interested in helping shape the future of this special place. Include a resume with references and a brief letter of interest.

More info on the webpage for Salmon Creek Farm

By Fritz Haeg on November 20, 2014 | Salmon Creek Farm
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On November 19th, 2014, A NEW CABIN IS FOUND…

the platform remaining from an old stump-footing cabin and the discovery another cabin still intact

the platform remaining from an old stump-footing cabin and the discovery another cabin still intact down the hill

…down the hill and deep in the woods this morning, which is a thrill, but not such a surprise – since we know that at one time Salmon Creek Farm had as many as 28 structures spread across it’s 30 acres of coastal redwoods – which makes this cabin #11, now needing a good name.

By Fritz Haeg on November 19, 2014 | Salmon Creek Farm
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On November 18th, 2014, FIRST TIME ENTERING CABIN #10…

first entering of Whitman cabin #10

first entering of Whitman cabin #10

…named Whitman (wanting the spirit of Walt to watch over us from up the hill, across the ravine) this morning was like opening a time capsule from the early ’80’s – likely the last time it was occupied or even entered – with cassette tapes, Fanta cans, slides from a vacation, bullet shells, and even a Sister Corita Kent poster – all of which will later be carefully collected, cataloged, archived and displayed.

By Fritz Haeg on November 18, 2014 | Salmon Creek Farm
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On November 17th, 2014, IDO YOSHIMOTO…

Ido Yoshimoto shaping a mini third-growth redwood grove coming out of an ancient burned out hollow of a first growth stump

Ido Yoshimoto shaping a mini third-growth redwood grove coming out of an ancient burned out hollow of a first growth stump

chainsaw master, abalone diver, woodworker, Point Reyes resident and first official Salmon Creek Farm artist is here for his first visit, inspecting the land and woods, exploring the downed tree treasures, trimming and clearing the branches from the structures, and thinking about what might happen here next.

By Fritz Haeg on November 17, 2014 | Salmon Creek Farm
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On November 16th, 2014, A PILGRIMAGE TO THE SEA RANCH, THE DANCE DECK AND ANNA HALPRIN…

Sea Ranch and David Wilson presenting a certificate and medal to Anna Halprin wearing a paper bag crown

picnic at The Sea Ranch and Anna Halprin wearing a paper bag crown being presented with a medal and certificate by David Wilson from “The Possible”

…was the perfect/dreamy/divine/appropriate way to conclude our week of Lawrence and Anna Halprin RSVP Cycle-inspired activities and workshops – commissioned by the Graham Foundation for their current show “Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966-1971” – closing down the Sundown Dome social years and starting up those at Salmon Creek Farm.

On November 14th, 2014, “REDWOOD VILLAGE”…

gathering circle 1.0 and 1.1

gathering circle 1.0 and 1.1

…is our RSVP Cycles workshop response – taking the form of a gathering circle – to my favorite Halprin score, Driftwood Village performed in the early 1970’s on the Sonoma Coast.

By Fritz Haeg on November 14, 2014 | Salmon Creek Farm

On November 13th, 2014, AMANITA MUSCARIA…

Amanita muscaria

Amanita muscaria

…casually sitting by the side of the footpath is plucked, welcoming us to mushroom season in Mendocino.

By Fritz Haeg on November 13, 2014 | Salmon Creek Farm
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On November 12th, 2014, A WALKING TOUR…

cabin tour with Moonlight

cabin tour with Moonlight

…lead by founding communard – now neighbor – Moonlight of the main footpaths connecting 10 cabins on the 32 acres of Salmon Creek Farm was the perfect way to introduce the group and me to this place and it’s rich ecological and social history.

By Fritz Haeg on November 12, 2014 | Salmon Creek Farm

On November 11th, 2014, A FIRST DAY…

sunset behind Cabin #1 "Orchard" the communal space for shared meals

sunset behind Cabin #1 “Orchard” the communal space for shared meals

…in the new home of Salmon Creek Farm ends with a potluck dinner for the weekend guests and the founding communards, neighboring us on three sides.

By Fritz Haeg on November 11, 2014 | Salmon Creek Farm

On November 11th, 2014, THE NEW HOME…

the old doggies inspect their new digs: cabin #7 now called "Cedar," at the bottom of the path

the old doggies inspect their new digs: cabin #7 now called “Cedar,” at the bottom of the footpath

…of Salmon Creek Farm seems not quite real, a bit like a dream, as we move fast to settle in as much as possible before the crowd descends Wednesday night for a long weekend of opening activities and workshops.

On November 10th, 2014, MOVING DAY…

the 5 through the Central Valley

the 5 through the Central Valley

…began at 2am getting the last few things packed and in the car that didn’t make it in the truck and heading north on the 5 with two anxious and confused senior dogs cushioned in cavities of the massive Domestic Integrities rug piled up in back.

By Fritz Haeg on November 10, 2014 | Los Angeles

On November 9th, 2014, MORE MOVEMENT ON THE RUG…

closing movement score on the rug

closing movement score on the rug

…was a good way to end the last day in the dome.

On November 8th, 2014, THE START OF THE CLOSING…

Score for a _________ Home

Score for a _________ Home

…activities and workshops at the Sundown Dome start this morning – including “Score for a _________ Home,” an impromptu exercise to write down every word that describes the home we want, followed by each of picking our favorite descriptor, and writing a score to create that home.

SCORES FOR A CALIFORNIA COMMUNE MIGRATION: Sundown Dome to Salmon Creek Farm to The Sea Ranch to Halprin Mountain Home Studio, Saturday, November 8th to Sunday,  November 16th, 2014

In conjunction with their current exhibition in Chicago, Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966-1971, the Graham Foundation is commissioning RSVP Cycle-inspired workshops organized and led by Fritz Haeg from November 8th to 16th. They mark the transition of communal domestic activity from his Sundown dome in Los Angeles – after 15 years of gatherings and events – up to his new farm/community project Salmon Creek Farm, a historic commune from the 1970’s on the Mendocino Coast in Albion. The founding communards will join us there too, guiding walks, recounting stories, marking the changing of hands from one community to another. Inspired by Lawrence and Anna Halprin – and referencing their books RSVP Cycles: Creative Processes in the Human Environment, 1970 and Taking Part: A Workshop Approach to Collective Creativity, 1975 – the week culminates with a day at The Sea Ranch and on the dance deck at their Mountain Home Studio in Kentfield with Anna Halprin herself.

On September 17th, 2014, THE SUNDOWN DOME WILL BE AVAILABLE…

dome at night, outside looking in

dome at night, outside looking in

…indefinitely for short-term rentals starting November 11th (as I transition to rural life and work at a long-term farm/commune project). More on the rental here. (More on the house there.)

By Fritz Haeg on September 17, 2014 | home
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On September 9th, 2014, “TAKING PART: A WORKSHOP APPROACH TO COLLECTIVE CREATIVITY”…

"Taking Part: A Workshop Approach to Collective Creativity" 1975

“Taking Part: A Workshop Approach to Collective Creativity” 1974

…is the awesome 1974 book by my heroes Lawrence and Anna Halprin, with Jim Burns and Paul Baum, which I can’t believe I am just discovering now – as I prepare for a series of workshops at home in LA and in Northern California produced by the Graham Foundation in conjunction with their soon-to-open exhibition “Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966-1971” – a long overdue survey of this important work that is so relevant to the ways that many of us are working today…and much more on this very soon.

In the late 1960s, American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin and avant-garde dance pioneer Anna Halprin organized a series of experimental, cross-disciplinary workshops in San Francisco and along the coast of northern California that brought dancers, architects, environmental designers, artists, and others together in a process designed to facilitate collaboration and group creativity through new approaches to environmental awareness.

Held over the course of several weeks, the Halprin workshops took place between the urban context of San Francisco; the dance deck and surrounding wooded areas of the Halprins’ Kentfield home in Marin County (Lawrence Halprin and William Wurster, 1951-54); and the Halprins’ cabin (Charles Moore, Lawrence Halprin, and William Turnbull, 1965-66) at Sea Ranch—a coastal community for which Lawrence Halprin designed the master plan (1962-67). From movement sessions on the Halprins’ dance deck, blindfolded awareness walks through the landscape, collective building projects using driftwood, and choreographed journeys diagramming everyday use and experience of urban plazas, parks, and rail cars, participants engaged in a series of multi-sensory activities in alternating environments according to loosely-structured, written guidelines in the form of open “scores.”

– from the Graham Foundation

By Fritz Haeg on September 9, 2014 | books
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On August 27th, 2014, ‘SUNDOWN STOCK & EXCHANGE’…

Sundown Stock & Exchange at For Your Art

Sundown Stock & Exchange at For Your Art

…presented by The Los Angeles Seminary for Embodied and Civic Arts is coming up this Labor Day weekend at For Your Art!


Sundown Stock & Exchange 
at For Your Art,  6020 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
Labor Day weekend: Friday August 29th: 7pm – 9pm and Saturday August 30th – Monday September 1st: 12pm – 5pm

The Los Angeles Seminary for Embodied and Civic Arts and its extended community present Sundown Stock & Exchange. This Labor Day weekend marketplace explores the social, economic, creative, and communal nature of work. Participants and visitors pause, perform, and posture actions that reveal embodied relations to labor and production. Work is offered for barter, exchange, negotiation and sale. Visitors are also encouraged to bring personal belongings and valuables to exchange. Programming includes street sales, artist advisory services, in-house production, screenings and more. 

Curated and organized by Reid Ulrich. Contributors & Participants: Amanny Ahmad, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Mark Allen, Maura Brewer, Danielle Bustillo, Joey Cannizzaro, Carey Chiaia, Alexis Disselkoen, Zackary Drucker, Lauren Elder, EARL GRAVY, Maya Gingery, Paige Gratland, Fritz Haeg, Matt Merkel Hess, Hesse Press, Bettina Hubby, Iko Iko, Helena Keeffe, Los Angeles Museum of Art, Emily Marchand, Ian Markell, Metonym, Public Fiction, Anna Ruetinger, Justin Stadel, Thank You For Coming, Reid Ulrich, Rosten Woo, Lucas Wrench, and Mimi Zeiger. 

Special events and activities:

All Weekend
EARL GRAVY’s artist recruitment service, #SOLOshow@, will work with interested parties to develop virtual solo exhibits in some of America’s most revered art institutions

Friday
7pm – 9pm, Service, “Supply + Demand” by Emily Marchand and Carey Chiaia
7pm – 9pm, Activity, “Gifts of Return” by Alexis Disselkoen.

Saturday
12pm – 5pm, Street Sale, “Honest Abe and the Working Class One”
2:30pm – 4pm, Screening, “Women On The Land: Creating Conscious Community,” Carmen Goodyear & Laurie York, 57 min.

Sunday
12pm – 5pm, Street Sale, “Honest Abe and the Working Class One”
1pm – 2pm, Movement Exercise, “The Body as Presence. Dance is Labor.” by Maya Gingery
2pm – 5pm, Service, Fritz Haeg will be accepting donations of fiber to knit into personalized triangular kerchiefs in exchange for something of equal value.

Monday
1pm – 3pm, Advisory, Mark Allen of Machine Project conducts free 15 minute advisories on curatorial strategies, emailing, tailoring, and starting your own art space.

For more information:
The Los Angeles Seminary for Embodied and Civic Arts
For Your Art

On August 12th, 2014, THE SECOND SEASON…

The Schoenherrs, Edible Estate #15, season two

The Schoenherrs, Edible Estate #15, season two

…of Edible Estate Regional Prototype Garden #15: Twin Cities at Chez Schoenherr in Woodbury, Minnesota commissioned by the Walker Art Center seems to be as active, fecund, fertile, loved, lived-in, tended, and edible as ever – which I learned from intrepid journalist Kim Palmer’s (who has been hot on the Edible Estates beat since the open call in February 2013)  Star Tribune story today…and some highlights:

A talent scout tried to recruit the Schoenherrs’ young-adult kids for a proposed reality show (they didn’t bite). Mom Catherine was surprised when she stopped at a garden center, started to introduce herself to the clerk, and was told, “I know who you are.”

They supplemented that with about 1,000 plants they started from seed in March under grow lights in their basement. “They [the seedlings] covered the whole ping-pong table and a couple other tables,” said Catherine. The basement was so lit up that “I was worried someone would think we were growing pot.”

Sometimes the Schoenherrs don’t even know where their produce is going. “Once John said we hadn’t gotten many strawberries, and a neighbor said, ‘Yeah, you did.’ ”

Even the smallest neighbors lend a hand in the garden. Elsasser, who operates the home-based Little Helpers Child Care, has incorporated the Schoenherrs’ “Children’s Garden” into her summer schedule. The kids help weed and harvest and make pesto for their lunch… Gardening time is one of the highlights of our week. The school-age children said the thing they were looking forward to most was the garden. “One little girl loves carrots so much we can hardly get the dirt washed off.”

 

On August 12th, 2014, THE LOS ANGELES SEMINARY FOR EMBODIED AND CIVIC ARTS…

Seminary lunch on August 2nd with special guests Alice Waters, Peter Sellars, Christina Kim and Sean Starowitz

Seminary lunch on August 2nd with special guests Alice Waters, Peter Sellars, Christina Kim and Sean Starowitz

…which has been meeting weekly at my place since June 1st is now almost wrapping up, and since it’s been a pretty intimate environment we haven’t been doing any live-tweeting, hash-tagging, or photo-posting, but I can report that we’ve had an amazing stream of special guests join us for guided conversation over lunch in the garden, including (in chronological order) Jeanne van HeeswijkLaurie PeakeOwen GriffithsLisa Anne AuerbachAnne BrayMark AllenA.L. SteinerKimberli MeyerLauren MacklerBenjamin BallJulia MeltzerStuart ComerDavid WilsonJennifer Allora and Guillermo CalzadillaAlice KonitzIrene TsatsosColleen Jaurretche and David Kipen (Libros Schmibros), Emi FontanaRobby HerbstJohn BurtleJen Delos ReyesZackary DruckerRhys ErnstBettina HubbyRosten WooHedi El Kholti, Alison Hirsch, Maya Gingery, Hans Ulrich ObristAlice WatersPeter SellarsChristina KimSean Starowitz, Rita GonzalezFelicia Filer, (and coming in the last 2 weeks) Liz GlynnLuke Fischbeck , Sarah Rara , Matt Merkel HessCharles GainesGere Kavanaugh, and Barbara Bestor.

On July 29th, 2014, ‘YESTERDAY IS VERY URGENT!’…

YESTERDAY: URGENT

July 29th Instagram post-it

…is my post-it note from yesterday’s Brutally Early Club here in L.A. with Hans Ulrich Obrist, for his instagram campaign to save handwriting.

On July 16th, 2014, “LETTING WILDFLOWERS TAKE OVER MY FRONT LAWN”…

site #44 owners Jennifer & Timothy at the end of the season

site #44 owners Jennifer & Timothy at the end of the season

…is the title of the story written by Wildflowering L.A. site #44 owner Jennifer Mandel, just posted on Zócalo Public Square

A few weeks ago, a guy from Wildflowering LA came to take away the sign; we had him take one last picture of us with it in our scraggly and faun-colored yard. We were sad to see it go. The few flowers that are still blooming miraculously from the scorched earth are proof that native plants can hold their own in this dry climate.”


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