An artistic, political, and theoretic proposition, Henry exists as a distributed series of acts and experiences to take place over a five to ten year period all centered within the intersection of three distinct South Minneapolis neighborhoods. Utilizing the notion of a Right to the Imagination existing in parallel to the urbanist / activist strategy of a Right to the City, Henry is an anarchic platform which aims to create space through the accumulation of experience to consider the imaginative, political, spatial, and relational possibilities of an urban landscape created through a neighbor-to-neighbor network interested in equity and non-vertical collaboration.
By energizing a continued and seemingly disparate series of projects, dialogues, and mediated forms, Henry mimes a “city from below” framework, attempting to open up space for each and every neighbor to question not only where they live, but their place, autonomy, voice, and responsibilities within their shared landscape. Through in-home classes, autonomous neighborhood libraries, free media, collective constructions, and continued discourse over a long-now Henry encourages a collective, fluid, and transparent space for possibilities and hopes to encourage an energetic environment that supports autonomous acts of imagination and creative resistance.
As a proposition Henry believes that through the accumulation of such experience we all might collaboratively intuit tools to begin to crack the imposed reality of what is agreed upon, deemed appropriate, and considered allowable in regard to our relationships with one another as well as our shared interests in liberty, autonomy, and collective responsibility towards each other away from institutional mandates, rules, or hierarchy. Henry supports the idea of our responsibility towards one anothers health, education, vibrancy, and safety as a task of individuals working with individuals to form a shared landscape of experience.
Henry exists as much as a long-term series of educational provocations as it does a space to highlight, support, and instrumentalize the actions of others. Henry’s actions are based on immediacy, improvisation, and the accumulation of thought and histories as a means towards forging a unwieldy platform of collective knowledge and tools for living together.