“Whenever you make something invisible visible or something visible invisible, it is a political act.” — Jacques Ranciere?

AGNES DENES

FUTUREFARMERS

Victory Gardens (2007+) is one of my favorite public projects of Futurefarmers and no doubt an ode to Eleanor Roosevelt’s own victory garden during World War II. Along with Garden for the Environment, Futurefarmers helps San Franciscans transition their backyard, front yard, window boxes, rooftops and unused land into food production areas. Delivery men and women bicycle starter kits containing small plots, seeds, fertilizer, “how-to” guide, and more to participants’ homes.

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Soil Kitchen, 2011

Soil Kitchen tested over 350 soil samples and served 300 bowls of soup per day made from locally sourced vegetables grown on a former brownfield. In addition to serving soup and testing soil a Philadelphia Brownfields Map and Soil Archive was produced and the building was a hub for exchange and learning; free workshops including wind turbine construction, urban agriculture, soil remediation, composting, lectures by soil scientists and cooking lessons.

MARY MATTINGLY

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PATRICIA DOMINGUEZ & DOMINICA KSEL

Tree Analogue: Studies in Myth Making, El Museo del Barrio

There is one specific tree that has become a hybrid during the years. It merged into the fence, creating a new morphology between urbanization and organic growth. It is radiantly impure. This tree will contain a box with an audio recording unit. The recording device will be slightly camouflaged in a box. People will be able to access this box from the periphery of the park, as it is part of the fence. The storytellers can stand beneath the tree and press record when they are ready to share personal experiences, love songs, messages to deceased loved ones, dirty jokes, local gossips, commentaries on current events, weather predictions, marriage proposals, confessions, forgiveness, offerings, wishes, desires, frustrations and new myths. The tree will be also activated as temple, healing center, materia prima for essences and inspiration for wood cuts, weaving, as cabinet of curiosity and a new celestial body.

MARK DION

Thames Dig

ROBERT SMITHSON

Spiral Jetty

WALTER DE MARIA

Earth Room

ANA MENDIETA

MARIE LORENZ

NATALIE JEREMIJENKO

Environmental Health Clinic

Fwish Interface

OOZ

No Park

EVE MOSHER

High Water Line

TATTFOO TAN

New Earth – Tree of Life

New Earth: Tree of Life

McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC

RACHEL SUSSMAN

REVEREND BILLY

MIERLE LADERMAN-UKELES

CHRISTINA KELLY

Sweep

JOSEPH BEUYS

7,000 Oaks

JUSTIN SHULL

7,000 Evergreens

WILLIS ELKINS
Jamaica Bay Pen Project

Sunburnt Scribbler

The Vice Versa

Registry Ink

The Haksiva

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