On Sara’s block in Brooklyn, two of her neighbors have created a community-oriented art space called Open Source, mixing exhibitions, workshops for kids, potluck dinners and other participatory events. We very much like their idea of providing “a place for art in the midst of daily life.” So happily, they’ve invited us to present an Urban Plant Research exhibition this summer, August 15 – September 2.
We plan to turn the space into a temporary center for community plant discussion, where we will work in residence, talking about plants with visitors and neighbors. Besides a visual exhibition of plants we’ve already documented, we are also planning events and participatory projects. Some ideas so far: leading walks of plants in the area, a self-guided plant walk (with a printed map and/or an audio guide), a collaborative map of interesting/edible/notable plants that visitors can add to, a meal made of local plants, a houseplant show-and-tell evening, a visit to the nearby community garden.
What kind of events, talks or walks would you like to see? How would you be interested in participating in urban plant research in real life? We’d like to hear your ideas.
If you can come to Brooklyn in August and visit us, please mark your calendar. The opening will be Saturday, August 15, and during the show, at least one of us will be working in the space most days. Looking forward to seeing you!