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Rachel and I were recently interviewed by Hester Street Collaborative for the Making of Paths to Pier 42 website. We discussed the process of creating our collaborative Fish Stories Community Cookbook as the culmination of our artist residency with Paths to Pier 42 in lower Manhattan. Interview link.

Fish Stories Community Cookbook commissioned by Paths to Pier 42 NYC 2015

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Fish Stories Community Cookbook is a seafood cookbook, in progress, created by artists Meredith Drum and Rachel Stevens in collaboration with residents of the Lower East Side: neighbors, non-profit organizers, commercial business people and others. The project is supported by a grant and studio space  on Wall Street from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and will be a part of LMCC’s Paths to Pier 42 summer programming 2015. Visual information and documentation forthcoming.

Inspired by spiral bound cookbooks produced by local Grange chapters, the Provincetown Cookbook, and the Slingshot Organizer (collectively designed Anarchist calendar), Fish Stories will include not only recipes for cooking seafood solicited from residents, but also stories, historical recipes, drawings, maps and health and ecology information. The name Fish Stories is designed to encourage imaginative and playful contributions. It is also an homage to Allan Sekula, an artist and theorist whose work interrogates the the politics of labor and the flow of global capital in the maritime industry. We envision the cookbook as a catalyst for community engagement and an opportunity to capture the lives and cultures of people who live in the LES. The Fish Stories Community Cookbook seeks to tie everyday lives to the ecology of the rivers, harbor and estuaries of New York City.

Exhibit in the Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood, Dubai, November 2014



My Louisiana Re-storied cinematic installation was installed in a pop-up gallery in house 40 in the Al Fahidi Historic District (formerly called Bastakiya), a wind-tower district near the creek in Dubai. I really enjoyed seeing my piece in this setting. I had a lovely time in Dubai, both at ISEA events and simply wandering around this complex and surprising city.

Installation in Dubai as part of ISEA2014

I am excited to travel to the UAE in late October to install a new version of my interactive doc Louisiana Re-storied in a gallery space in the old part of Dubai (Al Fahidi Historical District). The occasion is ISEA2014. I will also be giving an academic paper on November 5, part of the conference section of the symposium.

My animation included in the Last Brucennial, March-April

My new short animation, Countach Belfort (2m), is included in the Last Brucennial (2014), 837 Washington Street. The piece is a sketch – my attempt to think through my distress about the ease with which white collar criminals, like Jordan Belfort, free themselves from sentencing and restitution. In the Brucennial, my animation hangs right below a work by Carla Gannis. Hi Carla.

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