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.
Okay, so I doubt that it will be perfect, but every step is a step closer right? I am working on yet another grant application and am using excerpts from recent applications to try to rewrite a CLEAR and CONCISE statement. The statement will be followed by more specific descriptions in regards to the images I submit to the review committee but let's see if I can start it off with something enticing and interesting.Here are the excerpts from recent applications (don't judge me please :p):
I create interactive experiences that engage participants in exploring and evolving their urban landscape. I work on a city scale and devise simple methods for interacting with surroundings that build awareness of our environment, allow exploration of the landscape or encourage re-imagining. The simple experiences are the most powerful, surprise and exploration are important elements of the work.I am particularly interested in creating public artwork which invites participation, interaction and collaboration. The works explore our identity in context with the urban environment and issues specific to that situation. I create works with and within communities outside of the traditional art environment. I like to engage communities in designing, creating and or enacting the projects and I seek to have a lasting impact through experiential learning.I have been working for the past 5+ years on public art projects that address the urban issues and state of existence for residents of New York City (my home). The works have the goal of reaching out to, and embracing, the broadest possible audience - connecting people from diverse backgrounds and across both visible and invisible boundaries. I also try to build solutions into the works themselves - sometimes that might mean education through play or experience, sometimes that means creating remediation within the project manifestation. The projects often invite participation of the audience in order to complete the project. Through the projects, participants have a voice in discussing common issues, they are given tools of empowerment and action and they are given resources to learn, grow and potentially change their predicament in relation to the issue.
Okay based on those I came up with this draft. Let me know what you think:
I create public art projects which invite participation, interaction and collaboration. With the works I seek to reach and and embrace a broad audience - connecting people from diverse backgrounds with each other and their urban environment. I engage communities in designing, creating and enacting works that involve surprise, exploration and simple yet powerful statements. I am interested in creating projects which embrace solutions and engage participants and viewers in education through play or experience. The projects provide tools for expanding understanding of local and global issues as well as engaging in creative problem solving.
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...
I recently redesigned my website. There's a lot more information (text) and a mix of projects, proposals and blog posts. So why did I chose to do this? My work is cross-pollinatory (new word?) And so it is important to give somewhat equivalent weight to thoughts, proposals and realized projects. They all bear weight on my artistic inquiry and practice. All parts feed into the other parts and inform. I write about the broad topics that are of interest to me (urban issues, the life of being an artist, project ideas and process and I will start talking about a "life in balance"). I post project proposals and ideas because a lot of the work I do never gets realized for logistics (resources) reasons but hey are important as part of my process. Architects post unrealized projects, as an artist working on larger scale/longer term projects I feel like the proposals are an important part of my portfolio of work.If you are an artist reading this, would you or do you post proposals? Why or why not?
(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...
I will be participating with Seeding the City and a new collaborative project with Renata Mann, (Intra)Structure.Textile Arts Center and environmental fiber artist, Abigail Doan, are hosting an evening open house for Earth Day 2011!This will be an opportunity to explore ideas related to fashioning self and our shared environment. Invited artists and local sustainable fashion designers will feature their own fiber, textile, and green design initiatives, as well as offering activities related to slow fashion styling and organic interactions with the environment.Visitors will be able chat first hand with presenters, participate in on-site activities, and celebrate Earth Day 2011 with refreshments and treats from local sponsors and green businesses!Susan Benarcik, Meiling Chen (Fearless Dreamer), Abigail Doan, Daria Dorosh, Xing-Zhen Chung-Hilyard and Melissa Kirgan of Eko-Lab, Ceca Georgieva,Titania Inglis, Anjelika Krishna (a.d.o. clothing), Renata Mann, Rachel Miller, Eve Mosher, Shannon South (reMade USA), Study NY with Awamaki Lab, Edina Tokodi (Mosstika), Tali Weinberg, and Zoe Sheehan Saldana.
Friday, April 22, 2011 -- 6-9PMrsvp@textileartscenter.com(image courtesy Titania Inglis, SS11)
The Festival of Ideas for the New City, May 4-8, 2011, is a major new collaborative initiative in New York involving scores of Downtown organizations, from universities to arts institutions and community groups, working together to effect change. A first for New York, the Festival will harness the power of the creative community to imagine the future city and explore the ideas destined to shape it. It will take place in multiple venues Downtown and is organized around three central programs: a conference of symposia; an innovative StreetFest along the Bowery; and over one hundred independent projects and public events. The Festival will serve as a platform for artists, writers, architects, engineers, designers, urban farmers, planners, and thought leaders to exchange ideas, propose solutions, and invite the public to participate.
A conference of symposia, lectures, and workshops with visionaries and leaders— including exemplary mayors, forecasters, architects, artists, economists, and technology experts—addressing the Festival themes: The Heterogeneous City; The Networked City; The Reconfigured City; and The Sustainable City. Events take place at The Cooper Union, New York University, and the New Museum, Wednesday to Saturday, May 4-7.
An innovative, minimal-waste, outdoor StreetFest takes place along the Bowery. 100+ local grassroots organizations and small businesses present model products and practices in a unique outdoor environment. Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m to 7 p.m.
100+ independent projects, events, performances, and walking tours that expand on the Festival’s themes, open at multiple venues Downtown, activating a broad geographic area. Projects are listed in chronological order and most events are free.
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