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MARY MATTINGLY, AMANDA MCDONALD CROWLEY, IVAN KARPOV

GROW YOUR OWN

(USA, RUSSIA)

What would happen if we no longer had to go to the store for food or look for sustenance in the wild? The appearance of new materials like LED lighting and high-tech hydroponics has expanded the range of stable and technologically perfected systems for growing food. But are these technologies really economical, or are they aimed at fetishizing the process of food production? Perhaps technological novelties can offer 24/7 access to vegetables and herbs in your very home, but will they be tasty, healthy, and cheap?

 

For the project Grow Your Own, the artists propose their own solution to this problem. Can food become a topic of public discussion, and not only an expensive form of private property? Grow Your Own invites viewers to answer this question, studying together with the artists methods of recycling and DIY technology for creating a new urban public economy.

 

Mary Mattingly is an artist based in New York City. She founded a floating food forest in New York, Swale, and recently completed Pull for the International Havana Biennial with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de la Havana and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

 

Amanda McDonald Crowley is a cultural worker and curator operating as Public Art Action. She has a long history of working at the intersection of art, science, and technology, and over the last decade, also a deep interest in the intersection of art, food, and public engagement. She has been a core collaborator on Mary Mattingly's Swale, a floating food forest, over the last three years.

 

Ivan Karpov is an artist and engineer. He works at the intersection of science and art, studying interdisciplinary connections and convergences. His projects have been exhibited at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.