Deena will talk about the growing of native grasses, trees, and
shrubs on a 15-acre site in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Focusing
on the activities of the MOISTURE project, she'll expose the problems
of propagating seeds and the joys of having your plantings devoured
by Mojave ground squirrels.
Beatriz da Costa will present Free Range Grains, a collaborative
project with Critical Art Ensemble addressing the politics of GMO
food labeling in a Euro-American context. Free Range Grains consisted
of a live performative action. CAE/da Costa constructed a portable
public lab to test processed food products for common genetic modifications.
Interested participants brought in food products that were tested
for possible transgenic contamination.
Oral History meets Toy Theater as prominent performance artist and
UCLA Associate Professor Dan Fruit introduces “Who's Hungry?”,
an interdisciplinary sociology/performance project that strives
to illuminate the political, social, and economic dimensions of
hunger and food insecurity in our own back yard.
We in the western world have lost our connection with the earth.
In this presentation I will discuss how this happened and what effect
this has had on the society and the environment. A brief history
of the changing roles of gardens in society will be presented. I
will show you some of my favorite gardens and discuss how we might
reshape the way we use our land, especially gardens, to rekindle
our bonds with the earth and our community.
Edible Estates is an attack on the American front lawn and everything
it has come to represent.
Edible Estates reconciles issues of global food production and urbanized
land use with the modest gesture of a domestic garden.
Edible Estates is an ongoing series of projects to replace the American
front lawn with edible garden landscapes responsive to culture,
climate, context and people.
Edible Estates is a practical food producing initiative, a place-responsive
landscape design proposal, a scientific horticultural experiment,
a conceptual land-art project, a defiant political statement, a
community out-reach program and an act of radical gardening.
FDA at Home repurposes a common desktop computer scanner into a
diagnostic tool for the testing of pesticides in food. The project
is a response to the limited food information available to the public.
Components of the project include an open-source utility, at-home
diagnostics instructions, and public results database.
In light of the urgent problems this world faces—environmental
destruction, poverty, inequality, war—how can graphic designers
participate to create solutions for a better future? I will present
two projects in which I used my design skills to create positive
impact. The book “Reclaim+Recover,” which I curated
and designed, catalogs interventionist artist project that aim to
transform urban ecologies. The project “Please Re-use Me”
demonstrates how graphic design can be employed as a medium for
social intervention. In this piece, I handed out 150 modified grocery
bags to encourage shoppers to reduce waste.
Transformation is one of the most important technologies to analyze
the expression of genes, create plants that express new traits,
and manipulate the genome of the recipient organism. The first generation
of genetically modified crops mainly benefited producers and the
seed companies by improving crop productivity, reducing agrichemical
inputs, and subsequently reducing labor costs. However, a new generation
of transgenic crops will have traits beneficial to consumers, such
as higher nutritional value, premium quality, low allergenicity,
oral vaccines and therapeutic medicines.
Reverend Stephen Vines will use the concept of "garden as metaphor"
to awaken the process of community empowerment. As a garden grows
given nourishment, so does mankind, yielding a feeling of collective
self-reliance for all residents involved. A central theme of United
Human Family Network is to preserve and build family-oriented community
alliances and greatly encourage local food production and gardening
throughout the City of San Bernardino.
Claude will discuss the love triangle of the 21st Century: Food,
Fossil Fuel, and Climate Change. What is the relationship between
nitrogen fertilizers, energy use, transportation, and arable land?
How can we mediate our future food needs with the rising cost of
oil and natural gas? And do we really need that 3,000-mile caesar