The Hive Mind community project came out of a desire to organize across different political and cultural spaces in the city, in order to create an intentional community in which the personal and the political constantly and seamlessly intersect, and which integrates both political education and artistic creation. This goal eventually manifested in August of 2013 as an intentional gathering combining live art and art displays, spiritual & contemplative practices, and several group discussions exploring culture and social justice issues. This first Hive Mind was organized by Albert Dwan and Bluelette Alba with the collaboration of many different community members who volunteered to introduce discussion topics, lead workshops, bring food, and provide entertainment (music, fire art, live-painting, etc.). The main goal of the gathering was for community participation, and was that goal what made Hive Mind so valuable in people’s mind. The venue for it being at artist & entrepreneur Eddie Bee’s home in Druid Heights fittingly gave it a very intimate, community feel which allowed the gathering to evolve organically and freely throughout the time of the event.
Hive Mind Revolution was the second gathering following the same intention of further exploring the synergy between art, activism, culture and politics and it took place on Saturday, February 8th. Organized by a small group of young activists and visionaries including Albert and Bluelette, along with Jamie Coyne, Andrew Mattingly (residents of the home), Robin Gunkel— and other main volunteers and planners (Jerry Raitzyk, Summer Blake, and Brice Lankford) Hive Mind Revolution followed the semi-structured, open-format blueprint of the first event that took place back in August 2013, and which included a potluck, discussions, workshops, and an open mic."
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