continent. maps a topology of unstable confluences and ranges across new thinking, traversing interstices and alternate directions in culture, theory, biopolitics and art.
Issue 3.2 / 2013: 43-59


Amara Hark Weber

This piece, included in the drift special issue of continent., was created as one step in a thread of inquiry. While each of the contributions to drift stand on their own, the project was an attempt to follow a line of theoretical inquiry as it passed through time and the postal service(s) from October 2012 until May 2013.

This issue hosts two threads: between space & place and between intention & attention. The editors recommend that to experience the drifiting thought that attention be paid to the contributions as they entered into conversation one after another. This particular piece is from the BETWEEN SPACE & PLACE thread:

April Vannini, Those Between the Common * Laura Dean & Jesse McClelland, Ballard: A Portrait of Placemaking * Amara Hark Weber, Crossroad * Isaac Linder & Berit Soli-Holt, The Call of the Wild: Terro(i)r Modulations * Ashley D. Hairston, Momma taught us to keep a clean house * Sean Smith, The Garage (Take One)

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The plains of the upper mid-west have changed substantially over the past 50 years, as farming technology and demographics shifted. What is left is a landscape covered with the shells of homes, farms, and towns melting into the earth. Those who remain do so as stubbornly as the folks so settled there 100 years ago. What becomes of the abandoned structures is a question that will only be settled with time. This collection of photography is not a document of abandonment but rather an exploration of what happens when space and place collide; the intersection between nature, home, dreams, and memory.


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