The Milk Truck was a socially engaged art work deployed in Pittsburgh, PA. This mobile breastfeeding unit was designed in response to the discriminating culture toward nursing mothers. The truck was dispatched when a person contacted the crew (via call, text or tweet) after being hassled for nursing in public. The truck rallied its followers while enroute to the woman’s location and once there, held a nursing party in front of the offending establishment. In addition to its physical presence, The Milk Truck was a community that connected through social media (photos, posts, tweets, blogging, and a real-time map of the truck’s location).
Thought the nursing mother created a spectacle? Meet The Milk Truck.
Pittsburgh Biennial, Andy Warhol Museum
FIR (Family In Residence) Program
The Family in Residence Program (called Artreach) was an experimental residency project made for an entire family. It was a pilot program used to explore families in collaboration with each other and with their communities.
The first participants were a local Berkeley family who attended a weekly potluck at a public garden near their home. After extensive interviewing and brainstorming, we collaborated on a project for them to share with their neighbors. The Message in a Bottle project connected their love of exploration and travel with their desire to transcribe and share stories without digital technology.
We attended a Friday night potluck and made stations for their community to create bottles and messages. We provided vintage typewriters, quill and ink, and taught simple calligraphy strategies to interested participants. We used our truck as a mobile studio for the event and later delivered finished bottles to local addresses. For our FIR we agreed to send their bottles anywhere in the world.
Women of Wikipedia (WOW!) Editing Group
Research shows that approximately 10% of contributors on Wikipedia are women. WOW! Editing Group was a project that focused on closing the gender gap by teaching college and high school women (and non-binary people) how to edit Wikipedia articles in a safe feminist space. During this 6 month experimental collaboration, over 120 articles were improved or created and 38 individuals participated.
Sponsored by Wikimedia Individual Engagement Grant and Berkeley Center for New Media
A series of family portraits based on shouting events in the home. These sculptures are based not on our corporal visages but on the qualities that really define a family: conflicts, laughter, noise (joyful and otherwise) and other auditory outbursts. Participants used a log to document audio events in their homes for 24 hours. The artist interpreted those and created a unique portrait where individuals are represented by their shouting contribution. Any likeness to real individuals is purely coincidence.
This work was made onsite at the New Maternalisms: Redux exhibition and colloquium at the FAB Gallery, University of Alberta.
The FAB Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Unsung Hero is a video that uses GoPro cameras and the company's own marketing videos to challenge gender stereotypes and heroism. GoPro's slogan is Be a Hero, yet the videos on their YouTube channel feature men engaging in extreme sports (motocross, surfing, snowboarding, etc) and women wearing mermaid tails in the ocean. Unsung Hero humorously splices mothers performing domestic duties and childrearing into the company's videos.
Go Pro videos are shot and edited to give us multiple perspectives, reinforcing a scopophilic effect. You get to be the watcher and the one who is watched. You are the primary actor who delights in the feeling of being adored while simultaneously adoring the actor. Further pulling us into identification with the masculine gaze is the fast paced editing sequences, all set to an ejaculatory, frenetic pace.
Body Configurations is a series of photographs that respond to the confinements of domestic space.
Sesnon Gallery, UC Santa Cruz
Waiting for Bigfoot
Waiting for Bigfoot was a performance-installation that was located in the Sierra Nevada remote wilderness while simultaneously projected into a gallery space in Norwich, England. The campsite was situated in a geographical area with a high incidence of Bigfoot sightings. Throughout the 6 week performance, a live feed of the campsite could be viewed both in the gallery and online. Participants from around the world tracked the feed and reported possible sightings in a citizen science fashion. The artist consulted a cryptozoologist who helped create a reading list and advised the artist on ways to habituate a Bigfoot as Jane Goodall had done with the chimpanzees. The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) connected the artist with people who had experienced Bigfoot sightings.
EAST International exhibition, Norwich Gallery, England
After 6 months of training with a private investigator, the artist surveilled multiple Bay Area art collectors' homes and vehicular activity. The result was hundreds of photos and hours of surveillance video which formed an installation modeled after FBI profiling boards. A tabloid designed after The Enquirer was available for sale at the exhibition.
2nd Floor Projects, San Francisco, CA
Les Grandes Odalisques
The artist posted a craigslist ad, "I'm making a video portrait of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres' Les Grandes Odalisques. Please contact me if you can be my odalisque." The ad also included a photograph of the original painting.
The result was a collection of 20 video portraits of eclectic people, only one of whom was an actual odalisque (prostitute). Participants included: a bartender, a retiree, a woman who survived breast cancer, an Intersex person, a stay-at-home mom, a fashion designer, a nudist, and more.
New Wight Gallery, UCLA ind Tunnel, Art Center College of Design
I am Making Art Too
A feminist mash up of John Baldessari's classic 1971 video, "I am Making Art."