Culture Push : The Fellowship for Utopian Practice Application

1. Exercises in Familiarity – Bald Cypress 2019


How does one become familiar with another? Utilizing various tools such as a measuring tape used in sewing, sketchbook, land survey scope, plastic spoon and test tube, this video explores exercises in interspecies connection. Conflating different forms of labor from domestic, artistic, to scientific, Exercises in Familiarity blurs the lines between types of understanding. Filmed in August 2019 on The Ohio State University Campus South Oval.

2. Spellbreaker (Breath Engine) 2017-2018


Spellbreaker (Breath Engine) is an interactive art system that uses black walnut ink as a data visualization for carbon dioxide/human breath. Participants speak into a hand-blown glass globe with a CO2 sensor. When the CO2 of the viewers’ breath is detected, the sensor triggers a peristaltic pump which begins releasing black walnut ink that flows through a tube, down an exhaust pipe, and into a carved wooden basin. The participant is invited to capture a drop of ink as a record of their breath onto an accompanying artist book for them to keep.

Socially engaged sculpture. Carbon dioxide sensor, Arduino, peristaltic pump, black walnut ink, hand-blown glass globe, logs, exhaust pipe, artist book.

Supported by TechHub Student Project Grant, The Ohio State University


3. w|edge folk:land Survey Project


w|edge folk:land Survey Project was a multifaceted mobile art installation designed to incite social engagement between folks and the land they inhabit. The goal of w|edge is to provoke dialogue about environmental and social interest concerning sustainability using hand-made and found tools, survey, and art-making methods through 1) written surveys 2) land survey by obtaining data using measurements, observations, and tests including soil, water, and light, which are processed into drawings on-site and 3) Lead and Copper Corrosion tests to participants during NOMAD Detroit to sample their personal drinking water.

Supported by Popp’s Packing, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Erb Family Foundation

Tent, Tool Kit, Participants

Rip-stop nylon, bug netting, paracord, nylon webbing, stakes, assembled and fabricated tools for interaction, soil and water testing kits, field guides, and drawing supplies.

(more images here)


4. ACSE (Allium Cepa Stella Erratica / Onion Planet)

A multimedia interactive installation of a fictional laboratory that implements experiments to develop a new planet through onion propagation. Methods and procedures using live onions were performed daily for four weeks. Made with breathing inflatable sculptures of various sizes, sculptural objects, video projection, and lab equipment. 

What if humans could harness the wisdom, science and magic of plants to form new planets? That is the quest of the Nebular Mitosis Laboratory in the Department of Planetary Futures. Realizing the urgent need for a Planet B, the experiments implemented in ACSE (Allium Cepa Stella Erratica or onion planet) analogize biological and astronomical processes such as mitosis and the nebular hypothesis to develop methods and procedures for onion propagation to yield a new planet, so that humans may continue life as they know it beyond earth.

5. How to Plant a Planet

An Instructional Video from the Department of Planetary Futures. This how-to film provides basic instructions for the careful handling and planting of planetesimals, for a healthier future.