Open Street Dork was on Sunday and the Guerrilla Grafters popped by to share our manual and talk about the problems and opportunities for cultivating an edible urban wilderness. Artist Kal Spelletich was there too with a remote controlled robot made of roses, Rick Abruzzo talked about Figment… There was amazing poetry, passionate rants and ideas for how to resist the clutches of property.
The Guerrilla Grafters attended ISEA2015, the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art in Vancouver, BC. We handed out guerrilla grafting kits, conducted grafting demos using fresh branches from ornamental street trees growing around Vancouver, and talked about ways we can share information about an accessible and edible urban wilderness without endangering it.
The Spontaneous Interventions show continues to tour with recent venues in Chicago and New York City…. Photo by Nicolas Zurcher.
As part of the Spontaneous Interventions show (subtitle: Design actions for the common good), the Guerrilla Grafters labor to inspire networks of daring and caring in cities all over the world…. See The Spontaneous Interventions Site. Photo diptych by Thomas Levy.
At the San Francisco GreenFest we demonstrated the wedge graft, distributed our manual, and showcased photos of our grafts by David Crane. We also held a Q & A about the politics of the urban graft.
“Showcasing the development of a broad range of research including: mobile technology, interactive design, animation, performance, video mixing, participatory play, audio installation, and web based applications.”
For this event Tara and Margaretha held teach-ins showing townspeople how to conduct a wedge graft, shared our how-to manual, and had various elements of our online project on display. We also had a larger Q & A around the politics of the graft.
We were so honored to have won the audience vote at the three day Summer of Smart hackathon with the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts! The weekend in August was billed as Urban Innovation Weekend 3: Public Health, Food, Nutrition, and Urban Agriculture.
The Gray Area organizers conducted an unexpected behind maneuver to choose another project to provide funding, resources and support to work with city agencies and meet with the 2011 mayoral candidates, even though we’d won the vote. Our project pushes the dialog around food scarcity and distributed networks of human and non-human hyper-local care. In our opinion, an arts agency should support this kind of conversation and be able to navigate the awkwardness that might emerge within institutions around difficult topics about power and sharing – otherwise they shouldn’t use the words “Gray Area” or “Arts” in their title!