objects for collective engagement
Erin Johnson and Amanda Eicher's collaborative works address issues of farming, food, communication, and care. For example, in San Francisco they created Objects for Collective Engagement - tools modeled on methods of street organizing and direct action and available for wide and unspecified use. Object #1, meant for groups, is a large canvas circle with 16 handles that has been utilized to, for example, carry props for a labor rights street theater troupe, and as a wheelbarrow extension for an Occupy movement farm. Later, when asked to create an arts intervention for University of California, Berkeley's Arts Research Center's screening of the Creative Time Summit, Eicher and Johnson used the opportunity to reflect on the kinds of care we were seeing in the Occupy Movement, namely the sharing of meals. Using vegetables grown by activists in the community and served in text-filled handmade containers, their meals linked the protest movements of peoples worldwide with the Occupy movement.