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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #385 - Public Figures

01.11.17

One or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives
for movement and action, their relations, their work and leisure activities,
and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the
encounters they find there.

It’s a bike ride.

Organized by user nathansnider and user theroyalacademy.

It meets every Wednesday at 8:30pm
at California Donuts #21.
We ride at 9pm.
While we endeavor to return before the last red line trains (around midnight),
it is generally not possible. Please plan accordingly.

On this bike ride, you might expect:
- inconvenient passageways
- oblique strategies
- Oulipian constraints
- disorientation
- reorientation
- “cover” versions of other people’s rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- amateurish enthusiasm
- playgrounds, pool halls, bowling alleys, karaoke
- geocaching
- full moon picnics
- traffic median tea parties
- rivers that no longer exist
- smell tourism
- Couchwick v2.0

Furthermore:
- usually 20-35 miles
- usually some hills
- a medium pace (probably not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- few stops, short stops
- but we’re not in a rush; we don’t need to run every light
- victory donuts!

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This week:

Public Figures


We can choose any numbers of barometers to judge the relative value our society places upon the groups of which it is composed. To whom are resources allocated? To whom opportunities? To whose voices do we listen? Whose do we trust? How discerning are our eyes of individuals, or do we only see a group’s members as members of a group? Who do we celebrate? Who do we condemn?

If one is going to go out into the city in pursuit of signs of these appraisals — say, on a bike ride, for instance — one might choose the most literal route possible: to see which bodies we value, look at which bodies we have chosen to represent. Cast in metal and carved in stone, one can find values made manifest. One might not, however, like what one finds. Indeed, while we might fancy ourselves egalitarian in our hearts, our public spaces are, in form, all too often anything but. Our ideals far outpace our environment.

And yet, with a little effort, it is possible to navigate amongst these bodies in space in a manner that creates somewhat of a counter narrative. Explorers and politicians and athletes are all possibly fine and good (though also quite possibly not) but they are certainly not the whole story. In other figures we can find other values. This week on the ride we will try to do just that.

(~20-25 miles; all paved and pretty flat)

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For example,
certain models of
one-man helicopters
currently being tested
by the US Army
will probably have spread
to the general public
within twenty years.
 


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