Assemblages don't just gather from lifeways; they make them. Thinking through assemblages urges us to ask: How do gatherings sometimes become "happenings," that is, greater than the sum of their parts? If history without progress is indeterminate and multidirectional, might assemblages show us its possibilities?

Hey Friends,

Summer is finally here!!! To set this off, we've decided to start at the bottom with mushrooms. New York City is home to many edible/non-edible varieties of mushroom and summer time is one of the best time to go foraging. Begun some 50 years ago by, the artist/composer, John Cage the NYMS (New York Mycological Society) has shared the love of mushroom hunting and mushroom eating (mycophagy) with the city of New York. Our plan is two-fold; go foraging with the NYMS and discuss a reading from Anna Tsing's new book The Mushroom at the End of the World. Please join us Monday, June 20th at 7pm for a mushroom potluck and discussion of Anna Tsing's The Mushroom at the End of the World at Essye's apartment with a presentation by Artists, Ben Kinsley and Jessica Langley and Sunday, June 26th at 10 am for a romp through Central Park West with the NYMS.

Essye and Thompson

Monday, June 20th
Time: 7 pm
Location: 1033 Seneca Avenue Apt. 1L; L Halsey or M Seneca

Date: Sunday, June 26th
Time: 10 am
Location:  Central Park West
(Meet 10 a.m. Central Park West and 96th Street. The 8th Ave. C local stops at 96th Street. )

1)The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Tsing Prologue: Autumn Aroma and Part I : What's left?