This Saturday, April 28, 2018
in connection with the current exhibition Clouded Title:
2:30-5pm reception, snacks
How Much Land Does A Man Need?
at Street Road Artists Space
Join us to discuss Leo Tolstoy's 1886 short story, "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" as a prompt for conversation about property ownership here in Chester County, Pennsylvania. We'll look at alternatives to predominant models, and will critique existing legal frameworks for ownership, particularly in relation to the United States' colonialist foundations in land appropriation. A number of Clouded Title participants will be in attendance.
Optional to bring: again, bring your (amusing or complicated) stories of owning property and/or tell us about a small item that has an unusual chain of ownership. These will be collected in the Clouded Title archive.
Developed as an evolution of a family real estate business, Street Road Artists' Space hosts projects that relate directly to the problematic, capital-driven activity which produced its possibility. Challenges to received wisdom about property ownership, especially how this relates to social relationships, are the focus.
Located at the crossroads of Street Road and Gap Newport Pike (Routes 926 and 41), our name adopts the richly textured toponym by which we are located: etymologically 'Street Road' derives from the Roman ‘via strata’, or ‘paved road’, thus encoding histories of human-land intertwinings, particularly human impulses to map, posess, and constrain the earth.
The 5-acre site comprises outdoor works, many ongoing, an exhibition space in a renovated 1930s cottage, and occasional projects in two other on-site buildings - an abandoned former mushroom house and an industrial pole barn. In an area that lies between rural farmland, Amish country, horse country, land preservation efforts, towns impoverished by big-box proliferation, and encroaching suburbanization growing out from the cities of Philadelphia, Wilmington and Lancaster, Street Road is a laboratory for the consideration of humans’ multiplicitous relationships with land - past, current and future.