Two East Coast Lectures

BOSTON: EXPERIMENTAL GEOGRAPHY: Mapping as an activist practice

July 28 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location    The Design Studio for Social Intervention 1946 Washington Street, 2nd Floor Roxbury, MA

Groundswell and the Design Studio for Social Intervention present a discussion of mapmaking as an activist practice with Daniel Tucker.

Join us on July 28th at 7:ooPM at the Design Studio! The location is on public transit, is wheelchair accessible, and doesn’t cost a thing.  (Download the poster and see more details here:

The presentation will focus on Daniel’s involvement with the Experimental Geography exhibit (2009) and his organizing of the We Are Here map archive. We will provide blank maps with the political border of the Greater Boston Area so that we can craft submissions for Notes for a People’s Atlas, to be published in a forthcoming book. We’ll also explore ongoing mapping projects by attendees.  Artists, activists, cartographers, and everyday experimentalists encouraged to attend!

About Daniel:  Daniel has worked as a cultural and political organizer in Chicago for the last ten years. From 2005-2010 he edited AREA Chicago – the print/online publication dedicated to researching and networking local social and cultural movements in Chicago.

Why maps? Because maps are a visual tool for sharing information with others. Because they can be produced by many people and combined together to tell stories about complex relationships. Because maps are never finished and only tell part of a story that can constantly be expanded upon. Because power exists in space, struggle exists in space and we exist in space. Because we cannot know where we are going if we do not know where we are from.



August 2 · 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Location    Bluestockings Books – Worker-Owned Bookstore, Fair-Trade Café, Activist Center 172 Allen Street New York, NY

In the last 5 years Daniel Tucker has co-initiated 3 different large-scale documentary efforts to celebrate and critically understand the development of contemporary social movements. The first and largest effort is AREA Chicago, a publication and event series about art, research, education and activism in Chicago. The second was Town Hall Meetings, a group interview with over 100 socially engaged artists in Baltimore, New York,… Chicago, New Orleans and Los Angeles. And finally, his upcoming book Farm Together Now interviews 20 activist-farmers across the US. For this presentation he will compare and contrast these 3 efforts in an attempt to explain each approach, outcome and challenges encountered along the way.

This event should be of interest to anyone interested in writing, filming, curating, photographing or otherwise documenting contemporary social movements in the US.

Relevant links:

Daniel Tucker is an organizer from Chicago. more information is at

Directions: Bluestockings is located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan at 172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington – which means that we are 1 block south of Houston and 1st Avenue.

By train: F train to 2nd Ave, exit at the 1st Ave, and walk one block south.  By car: If you take the Houston exit off of the FDR, then turn left onto Essex (aka Avenue A), then right on Rivington, and finally right on Allen, you will be very, very close.  More info 212 777 6028

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