Socially engaged art practices and interventions can cause us to pause and reconsider the consumptive choices we make on a daily basis. For instance, if millions of people make a small change like cutting back on bottled water, we could prevent a huge waste of oil and energy (enough to fuel a million cars for a year), prevent the waste itself (80% of bottles end up in landfills), and spend the money saved on improving public water.
Individual choices and action matter…they all add up -- Jeff Schmuki
Green Line: Moving Forward 2009
New patterns emerge between people place, memory and future. Those taking part claim a new use of space through the delineation of a green line. The destination is the vacant lot where the old department store burnt down a few years ago. Today, there is debate over its future use and the community is concerned. Will it become a park space or a parking lot? This Community Project by Resident Artist Jeff Schmuki was sponsored by the Galesburg Civic Art Center in 2009
wheat in steel containers.
Temporary green-spaces were situated throughout Seoul, South Korea to promote how green spaces foster urban sustainability while reclaiming areas made unsuitable for cultivation. Today more than 50% of the world’s population inhabits urban areas, making the urban environment the most common habitat for man. This rapid migration to urban areas coupled with population increases has lead to large scale air, water, noise pollution , and inefficient food distribution.
Portable infrared spectrometer processor designed to detect, classify, and isolate genetically modified (GM) foods in the field. Rome, Italy.
recycled materials, chia
Woodland Correction Intervention/Performance
Mobile Collards Garden
recycled materials, collards
34 x 36 x 56 inches
chia, book, felt
Rural Tag - Delineation #7
2009 dyed nylon fabric
variable 15 minute drawing in public space.
Wal-Mart ChiaCans 2008
chia, felt, canned corn
The Shopdropping is a form of sabotage, which can be thought of as purposeful action to alter commerce and the flow of goods by displacing physical objects in order to achieve a social objective. My hope is to engage the willing viewer or customer in a dialogue on the true costs of food production. Disclaimer: The information on this site is for educational and purposes only. There is no intent, express or implied, to promote illegal activity, expressed or implied.