Served Williams College: My Last Winter Study

Note: This post is the fourth and final in a series of reflections from three Williams College students who worked with Forklift on “Served” for their Winter Study course in January 2017. Read the previous posts here, here, and here. For much of the fall semester – before these talks with Karen, Gail, Ada, and other meaningful…

Served Williams College: Coffee is Love

Note: This post is the third in a series of reflections from three Williams College students who worked with Forklift on “Served” for their Winter Study course in January 2017. Read the previous posts here and here. On January 18th, I went to Eco Café and had the chance to share a meal with Karen and chat…

Forklift in Rotterdam: See for yourself!

Photo and video journal of Forklift’s 6-day residency with Roteb (the Municipal Sanitation Department of Rotterdam) at the 2017 International Community Arts Festival

Served at Williams College: Almost No One Sees His Face

Note: This post is the second in a series of reflections from three Williams College students who worked with Forklift on “Served” for their Winter Study course in January 2017. Read the first post here. On January 10, starting at about 7:30am, I shadowed Bill in the dish room. One of the first things that…

Making the Invisible Visible

About three weeks ago, I got up early on a Saturday morning to do laundry. The campus laundry facility closest to my house backs up to the backyards of the “party street” on Wesleyan’s campus. The Fountain backyards–named for their location on Fountain Avenue–are a gathering place for students each Friday and Saturday night. Come midnight…

Reflecting on BUILD

  It’s been 2 weeks since five amazing Wesleyan Physical Plant employees took the stage in the middle of the student center to perform BUILD, a dance performance that they and I worked all semester to create. The performers, plumbing foreman Dean Canalia, HVAC foreman Tom Macri, carpenters Paul Martin and Tim Rogers, and painter…

Seeing the campus through new eyes

I arrived back on campus on Monday morning to launch my two main projects for the semester: a performance featuring Wesleyan’s Physical Plant employees and a workshop taught by Physical Plant that gives students the chance to learn basic maintenance skills. Luckily step one for both projects is the same: learn what exactly it is that…

Road Trip!

Last Friday, Allison and I took a road trip to Providence, Road Island, for the final day of the annual conference for the Alliance of Artist Communities. From what I could tell, the whole conference was wonderfully engaging and useful, but the session that convinced us to drive all the way from Middletown was a panel…

Comparison

Early this month, as I settled into my new (university-owned) house on a quiet, part-Wesleyan-part-Middletown street for my last year at Wesleyan, the campus welcomed some new faces. Allison Orr took her place as the first choreographer ever to be a Menakka and Essel Bailey ’66 Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the College of the Environment and seven hundred…