Study Session: Oil and Water


  • Holes in the Wall Collective New Jerusalem, PA US

Study Session: Oil and Water
February 20th-26th 2017

What doesn’t mix.  Disparate politics.  The past and future economies.  Liquid money vs. liquid life.  Energy.  Espresso.  The Chevron Effect.  The Fracking question.  Standing Rock.
Water: Tears. Majority of the earth. Majority of our bodies. Common denominator of all living. Oil: Skin. Compressed past dominance (ie: Dinosaurs). Extraction. The tuning fork of the 20th century. The Middle East.

A study session focusing on a blitz history of how we got here with a petroleum economy, including city & corporate policies that shaped regulations and mass transit, most of the conflicts and wars of the last 50 years, and the current landscape of environmental struggles and corporate interests.  Each day will begin with a coffee jumpstart and include an optional teatime roundtable discussion, leaving ample time for personal work and reflection. Come as an expert or a novice- to learn independently or to delve into a research project/ writing assignment.

Everyone will be asked to bring one thing to the table to further the conversation- a piece of media, article, excerpt of book, personal work or activity related to the subject.
HWC recommended reading: Oil! Upton Sinclair. This Changes Everything Naomi Klein.
Current news spotlight on: Standing Rock. 

A week long Salon.

Each participant will have a private room with work space, use of kitchen and access to 29 acres for walks and reflection.  Includes daily breakfast with Irving Farm coffee, assorted teas, house muesli, breads, butter & jam. $350