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Dutch Kills Dérive

September 8, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm UTC-5

Saturday, September 8 
9:15AM – 12:30PM

Location: Flux Factory
Departure Time: 9:30am
Walk Length: approx. 3 hours
Walk Level: Moderate. Mostly on sidewalks but involved some stairs, rocky, & steep off road terrain.
Walk Capacity: 30 people.
Parking: Our walk ends near 25-30 Skillman Ave. LIC 11101. 
Please wear comfortable clothing, closed toe shoes & bring a water bottle.


Water is life… Until we shit in it 

Drowning in our own muck and mire, modern society must transmute its existence into that of an allegorical baptism in order to emerge a society of water protectors. The historic facts of exactly how our civilization has transformed the historic Dutch Kill waterway into a sewershed will act as both numbing analgesic and a point of illumination. Explicit historic content may be demoralizing but this is exactly how our colonization cleanse will bring us to a higher collective consciousness. Through mournful direct action of nu rituals and physical prayers for atonements we will follow the Creek’s ley lines to the hallowed centers of power and reclaim, enliven and bless our waterways. As our senses awaken to the hydro-geologic power of place, an enlightened understand of our prefigured toxic legacy will wash over the derive participants and respect for her sacred water cycles restored.

Organizer of Dutch Kills Derive:

Gil Lopez was the community organizing resident at Flux Factory in 2014 and remains active in the community. He is also cofounder and president of Smiling Hogshead Ranch, an urban farm collective located adjacent to the Dutch Kill. His environmental education work, social engagement practice and nontraditional societal participation are life-crafted to expose the cracks in the spectacle for your bewilderment.

Mitch Waxman is the Newtown Creek Alliance historian and has been chronicling the Creek on his Newtown Pentacle blog since 2009. An advocate to restore, reveal and revitalize the Creek, his walking and boat tours have exposed hundreds to it’s murky waters and it’s deeper meaning and understandings.

This event is presented as part of Saunter Trek Escort Parade…(S.T.E.P.) at Flux Factory, curated by Christina FreemanEmireth Herrera and moira williams.


September 8, 2018
9:30 am - 12:30 pm UTC-5
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