Interventions/Public Works

 

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

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

Temporary Green(S)

Temporary Green(S)

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.

PISP

PISP

Portable infrared spectrometer processor designed to detect, classify, and isolate genetically modified (GM) foods in the field. Rome, Italy.

Chia Enhancements

Chia Enhancements

recycled materials, chia Woodland Correction Intervention/Performance

Mobile Collards Garden

Mobile Collards Garden

2009 recycled materials, collards 34 x 36 x 56 inches

Barnes&Noble ChiaBook

Barnes&Noble ChiaBook

2008 chia, book, felt

Rural Tag - Delineation #7

Rural Tag - Delineation #7

2009 dyed nylon fabric variable 15 minute drawing in public space.

Wal-Mart ChiaCans 2008

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.