Assembly Is Required, MANIFESTO: Food
Assembly Is Required, functions as a collaborative pop-up event that invites participants into artist studios, galleries, and arts institutions toward assembling a temporary installation that evolves over time at each site. These participatory art exhibitions create temporary communities that connect artists with the public through the process of shared art making.
This iteration of Assembly is Required was installed at 621 Gallery in Florida and took the form of a video installation that included a mobile community garden. Gallery visitors planted seeds and starter plants throughout the exhibition.
The MANIFESTO zine booklet was part of this installation and was designed to resemble an IKEA furniture assembly booklet. It holds text borrowed from Vandana Shiva's book, Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed, digital collages that I created, and links to internet resources relating to food justice, urban farming, as well as the full text article of Nicolas Bourriaud”s “Postproduction: Culture as Screenplay: How Art Reprograms the World.” It was presented in stacks and free to whomever took on the labor to assemble it.
The project as a whole proposed an opportunity for the viewer to contemplate the political nature of what it means to “Do It Yourself” in relation to issues surrounding consumption and labor.