Assembly Is Required: Mobile Micro-Greenhouse
Interactive video installation
Assembly Is Required poetically explores the concept of nomadic living and pokes at the political nature of what it means to assemble and “Do It Yourself” by offering alternatives to our modern ideas of consumption and sustainability.
It intrigues me to see how people develop unique ways to reuse component parts to produce, transform, or reconstruct their material possessions. With this in mind, I consulted numerous YouTube videos on “IKEA hacks” and books on sustainable gardening to create a mobile micro-greenhouse on a boat trailer using mostly repurposed materials such as scrap wood, two IKEA garden shelves, roof tarps, plants, and soil.
The work has an intentional nod to "self assembly" and its design is positioned somewhere between “backyard tree-fort” and Huckleberry Finn.
I am suggesting in this application of materials that with a naive exuberance one can not only assemble structures from component pieces but also re-imagine how these objects can contribute to grassroots applications of sustainability.
Viewers were encouraged to plant seeds and transplant plant seedlings during the exhibition. The art center staff and interns worked with visitors to collectivly care for the living sculpture.