The Museum Visitors' Exhibition Catalogue
In collaboration with Publication Studio, I invited museum visitors to collectively produce a Shine a Light 2011 exhibition catalogue on the night of the event. Participants were assigned Shine a Light projects to document throughout the evening. Following the format of a traditional catalogue, the book includes an introduction, exhibition checklist, project descriptions, images, and a timestamp marking when the contributions were submitted to the book. By the end of the night, we had printed and bound over 25 catalogues in the museum and distributed them back to participants through a lottery system.
Museum Visitor (Sam)
Duane Hanson's lifelike sculptures are often mistaken for real people, including his piece at the Portland Art Museum called Dishwasher. I placed an empty pedestal and wire milk crate next to the Dishwasher piece for museum visitors to pose on throughout Shine a Light.
Farm School Summer Session
I have an ongoing collaboration with Nolan Calisch called Farm School. We investigate social, pedagogical, historical, and ecological systems through a documentary and participatory art practice. We make work in a variety of settings including a grocery store, organic farm, nonprofit community center, and art institutions.
As part of Farm School, Nolan Calisch and I interview producers who source to a local grocery store. We edit each interview into a 3-5 minute audio podcast and install it next to their food item in the store. Customers can put on a pair of headphones and listen to the producer's story, thereby making a stronger connection to the location, people and processes that bring them their food.
Northwest 21st Avenue
Students from the Metropolitan Learning Center interviewed people who work in businesses on Northwest 21st Avenue, a commercial street less then one block from the school. Students documented the interviews and drew portraits of each interviewee. The portraits were screen printed on T-shirts and the interviews were transcribed, edited, and printed in a publication. At the end of the project, each student delivered a T-shirt and publication to the person they interviewed. Initiated and produced in collaboration with Adam Moser.