Straight Lines Don't Make for a Journey
eteam’s novel Grabeland—an engaging travel guide, not to places, but to worlds and ways of travel—is the result of a ten-year engagement with an allotment garden ("Kleingartenanlage") in the East-German region of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. When the two members of eteam, Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger, bought the land, it comprised eight garden parcels without access to water, which made it hard for gardeners to grow vegetables reliably. The ensuing collective search for water— metaphorically, the idea of opening a source or updating an old operating system with new software (OS)—turned the landlocked gardens into a cruise ship with which eteam and the gardeners sailed to the United States, followed by a horse-drawn wagon tour through East Germany’s living fascination with America’s history of the Wild West.
Join us for a reading & discussion of Grabeland, moderated by artists Dani and Sheilah ReStack.