Excursion: The Black Snake Tour of Aurora

METRA Aurora Station, 233 N. Broadway Aurora, Illinois 60505

 Excursion: The Black Snake Tour of Aurora

The Black Snake Tour of Aurora: Petrocapitalism and Resistance in the Global Suburb

How is Aurora connected with Indigenous struggles against the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Bakken Oilfields, Tar Sands & other extractive industries? Join us for a people’s tour of petrocapitalism in Aurora, IL as we activate knowledges and memory to unsettle the mechanisms of this global suburb.

Participants will visit a data center that is vital to the functions of global financial markets, walk along an Enbridge petroleum pipeline carrying Tar Sands oil, and visit train routes carrying fracked Bakken crude from the Dakotas. We will look at transnational logistics operations as contemporary systems of colonialism. We will also explore precolonial earthworks, enduring indigenous geographies, pathways of migration, and resistance to forces that have shaped our present and seek to manage our futures. We will provide water and some fruit. Please bring a lunch for the community garden gathering.


Excursion schedule:

11:45 PM   Meet at the METRA Aurora Station
12:30 PM  Cyrus One Data Center
1:30 PM     Enbridge Line 6A
2:30 PM     Indigenous Burial Mounds
3:00 PM    Rail, Bakken, migration
3:45 PM    Gathering at El Jardin Community garden*

 

Coming from Chicago via Metra?

Depart Western Ave at 10:45 AM, arriving Aurora at 12 noon
Depart Aurora at 4:20 PM, arriving Western Ave at 5:24 PM

This trip is facilitated by residents/researchers/troublemakers Ulysses Diaz (Caracol), Ze, and Rozalinda Borcilă, in conjunction with the Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy exhibition.

Upcoming Events

Video Playlist: Water or Escape

Video Playlist: Water or Escape

Video Playlist: Water or Escape Andrew Mausert-Mooney & Kera MacKenzie Wednesday, December 1, 6 p.m. CT Ferguson Hall, 600 S Michigan Ave Video Playlist: Water or Escape is programmed ...

Read more

Photos at Zoom Discussion Session: Martha Rosler

Photos at Zoom Discussion Session: Martha Rosler

Photos at Zoom Discussion Session: Martha Rosler Friday, December 3, 12 p.m. CT Presented virtually on Zoom Register here Join our Curator of Academic Programs and Collections for a ...

Read more

Holiday Fine Print and Book Bazaar

Holiday Fine Print and Book Bazaar

Holiday Fine Print and Book Bazaar Wednesday, December 8, 5-7 p.m. CT MoCP Join the MoCP Museum Council for a special celebration of our Fine Print Program and ...

Read more

Behind the Lens: Jeffrey Wolin

Behind the Lens: Jeffrey Wolin

Behind the Lens: Jeffrey Wolin Friday, December 17, 12 p.m. CT Presented virtually on Zoom Register here Join the MoCP and photographer Jeffrey A. Wolin for a discussion on ...

Read more

Photos at Noon: American Epidemic themes in the MoCP collection

Photos at Noon: American Epidemic themes in the MoCP collection

Photos at Noon: American Epidemic themes in the MoCP collection Friday, January 21, 12 p.m. CT MoCP Print Study Room Register here Get to know the museum's collection with ...

Read more
Past Events

Lecture in Photography: Nancy Floyd

Lecture in Photography: Nancy Floyd

Lecture in Photography: Nancy Floyd

Lecture in Photography: Nancy Floyd Wednesday, November 10, 6 p.m. CT Ferguson Hall, 600 S Michigan Ave Event will be livestreamed here Register for the in-person event here ...

Read more

Photos at Zoom Discussion Session: Deborah Luster

Photos at Zoom Discussion Session: Deborah Luster

Photos at Zoom Discussion Session: Deborah Luster

Photos at Zoom Discussion Session: Deborah Luster Friday, November, 5, 12 p.m. CT Presented virtually on Zoom Register here Join our Curator of Academic Programs and Collections on select ...

Read more

Lecture in Photography: Andres Gonzalez

Lecture in Photography: Andres Gonzalez

Lecture in Photography: Andres Gonzalez

Lecture in Photography: Andres Gonzalez Wednesday, October 20, 6 p.m. CT Ferguson Hall, 600 S Michigan Ave Event will be livestreamed here Register for the in-person event here Andres ...

Read more

Lecture in Photography: Carolyn Drake

Lecture in Photography: Carolyn Drake

Lecture in Photography: Carolyn Drake

Ferguson Hall, 600 S Michigan Ave

Lecture in Photography: Carolyn Drake Wednesday, October 13, 6 p.m. CT Ferguson Hall, 600 S Michigan Ave Event will be livestreamed here Register for the in-person event here Carolyn ...

Read more

#HereToo-COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO and AMERICAN ORIGAMI

#HereToo-COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO and AMERICAN ORIGAMI

#HereToo-COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO and AMERICAN ORIGAMI

Join the MoCP, Columbia College Chicago’s Theater Department, and #HereToo for an evening of two distinct, devised plays examining America’s gun violence epidemic through different ...

Read more