recoveries: Chicago Trails

Range Mobile Lab (RML) traces persistent infrastructure as a means of acknowledging difficult histories. RML will re-trace the location of historic trails used for centuries by indigenous people. By traveling from the main site of this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial, at the Chicago Cultural Center, to EXPO, Chicago’s home on Navy Pier, we will traverse approximate sections of the Lake Street and Green Bay trail routes. By using trail maps in the modern environment, we are attempting to recover and push back against the erasure of Native Americans histories that made way for colonialization and appropriation of natural resources. As the RML travels along this route, it will capture, live-remix, and project the resulting video on screens set in the side windows of the truck. Thus the RML aims to create a new imagined map that makes visible these inherent indigenous histories. 


SEPTEMBER 17, 8-10pm
SEPTEMBER 19, 8-10pm


RML is a Parter Project of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial and EXPO Chicago.



Native American routes: the ancient trails hidden in Chicago’s grid system
Tanner Howard, The Guardian. Thu 17, Jan 2019