You are kindly invited to attend a presentation of a project, on 6 July at 8 p.m.
Calliope – In Corn We Trust is a project by Mark Požlep and Maxime Berthou that will start as a restoration of a traditional paddle steamer to cruise the 1712 miles of the Mississippi River from its source in Minnesota to its mouth in Louisiana. The trip will last 50 days and the goal is to fill the entire boat with corn grown by different farmers of the 10 states crossed by the river. Upon its arrival to New Orleans, the paddle steamer will be changed into a small custom-made still, where Moonshine, the mythical alcohol of the prohibition, will be produced from the collected corn.
Among many topics, the Calliope project uncovers the layers of American history associated with the Mississippi, from the Native Americans, colonialism, slavery, problematic use of corn, pesticides and genetically modified seeds in American agriculture and, last but not least, the adventure stories of Mark Twain.