Insert ____ Here 2011 was a re-imagining of the project I created in 2008. This time I collaborated with 350.org to make it huge! And global. We wanted to put the power of creative thinking in the hands of community organizations and give people a chance to think positively in the face of climate change. View all the sites at insert-here.org. And we partnered with artist Paul Notzold for an interactive projection project.
I came up with a quick (and I hope fun) project to use in place of presenting my work ay the Creative Capital/Creative Time workshop on Real Community Engagement. I wrote the words "power" "memory" and "change" on three small stones. I gave them to people in the workshop and asked that they use the words on the stones as a starting point to telling a story (personal experience, fact, hope) to another participant, and then to pass that stone to the listener and ask them to do the same. The idea was to emphasize the participation and experiential education aspect of my work. It was a means of communicating a real sense of the work that I do instead of showing slides of projects gone by. The metaphorical stones in the water and the ripple effect. It seemed to work well, people said they had interesting experience hearing the stories and liked that they had a chance to engage on a more personal manner than they might have without the stones. It broke them out of their shyness and got them sharing stories.I allowed the participants to keep the stones if they felt a personal connection. Alyson Pou kept "memory," Arlen kept "power" and I went home with change.Thanks to all the participants for being willing to engage (Anna Muessig, Nuit Blanche NYC; Arlen Austin, Hanns Eisler Nail Salon; Beka Economopoulos, Not An Alternative; Bridget Finn, Cleopatra's; Carey Clark, The Point; Caroline Woolard, Our Goods Christopher Robbins, Ghana Think Tank; David Michael Perez, FEAST in Brooklyn; Hope Ginsburg Sponge; Mary Mattingly; Matthew Slaats; Paloma McGregor, Urban Bush Women; Petrushka Bazin, The Laundromat Project; Tracy Candido, Community Cooking Club).Feel free to use this idea in your next group situation...
(Intra)structure is a a collaboration with Renata Mann, artist and jewelry maker. Her fiber-based work is on a personal scale. My vegetative-based work is on an urban scale. We were interested in bridging those two points. We created (Intra)structure, a vascular and modular growing system for epiphytic and climbing plants. The pieces are connected by strong magnets. The can live in your apartment, on your balcony, out in the world and then modular sections can be removed and worn (pics of those pieces coming soon).(Intra)structure connects you with your built and natural environment...
So I have another idea for a project. It stemmed from loooking at a project by an artist whose work I really love and thinking about what I would like to do with it... I have a couple of artist projects I want to do that with and it might be fun/freeing to do a whole series. Its about taking a great creative idea that I maybe never would have thought of and you know, remixing it. Its hip hop art. I imagine there will be willing and unwilling participants. Let me know if you do want to participate...
Image courtesy of ilovememphis
This project utilizes social networking to site urban interventions in the form of green roof modules. It capitalizes on community building to introduce urban environmental issues and remediation tools. The modules and their accompanying flags and street level signage will track the growth of the network throughout the neighborhood. Online resources will include mapping of the project, tools for tracking local urban heat island effect and resources to recreate the project worldwide.www.SeedingTheCity.org
Collaboratory will initiate discussions on public and private spaces and experiment with collective remediation. Collaboratory, will occur as a series of conversations (many of which will be public) between designers, artists, architects, scientists, planners and the general public and me. Collaboratory is the investigative aspect of the Seeding the City project. Building upon the experimentation in bridging the private/public divide in collective remediation, these conversations will provide research and inspiration. By also creating publicly accessible records of these conversations, the information can spur other projects. I will investigate modular and shared green walls across buildings and spaces, shared rainwater collection, transient solar power, sharecropping and other potential reuse of our urban space as sustainable shared experiences, as embodied in public art/interactive projects. From these conversations I will begin to develop experimental project sketches and concepts for future projects. I am interested in using art as a dispersal method for investigations in the use of urban infrastructure as a remediation tool. The available resources to engage in environmental remediation are mostly costly, complicated or highly technical. My theory is that if the tools were made simple and accessible – hydroponics in a box (or Window Farms), Ikea solar panels – there would be widespread adoption. Our preconceptions about private space will be challenged through these experimentations as we learn how our spaces can generate positive impact.
Another couple of project ideas :)
FOUR FEET FOR FOOD
It stems from a project idea that i had a while ago that was a more generalized sustainability project, i am thinking now to refine/define the space for some aspect of food production.
Participants will donate 4 square feet of apartment floor or inside or outside wall, yard or roof space, and their willingness to maintain whatever i chose to put in that space as well as allowing access to the space as needed. In return, they are part of a larger community creating an urban food system. As a participant you will reap the benefits of the entire community's production.
Maybe i will use your space to do rainwater harvesting, maybe container gardening - rooftop, indoors or yard, maybe i will plant a wall of wooly pockets, maybe you will host some active enzymes working on composting. Who knows what else i might think of?
Sounds like another project for the tricycle. If only i knew where that ended up.
NY-Utopia (pronounced Newtopia)
For a long time i have been wanting to do an augmented reality project in which i rebuilt all of manhattan as a sustainable, pedestrian friendly and green city. Imagine streets filled with people, not cars; gardens draped over broadway; access to clean water and waterfronts. I would create pieces that could be re-used by other people wanting to AR re imagine their city. Problem is, i dont have a clue how to start!