Using what we have. Creating what we need.
ArtActions are works of art that disrupt, alter, or cause human actions to occur. Project EATS is an ArtAction in urban agriculture.
Each ArtAction focuses on a particular human condition or situation. Its form and content is determined by that condition and by the individual and collective actions that have caused or prolong it.
ArtActions are interwoven into the fabric of everyday life through existing social, political, economic, and cultural structures and processes. Their presence can be prominent or barely noticeable. ArtActions can use and subvert common social, cultural, economic, and political practices and beliefs or create new ones in order to cause new or different human responses.
ArtActions are capable of being acted upon and sustained by those who engage them. The most effective ArtActions have the capacity to regenerate.
A work of ArtAction must examine the condition it addresses from diverse and distinct vantage points. These perspectives are contextualized within the work and act as markers for those who engage it. These markers show the role and position its viewer/engager has to the condition being addressed: i.e. causing, prolonging, changing, or providing remedy to it.
The primary source material used to create ArtActions are resources that exist where the art takes place. These include resources that are natural (i.e. vegetation, insects, and animals) or common (i.e. concrete surfaces, store front churches, street vendors) to the environment. They can also be resources (public agencies, non-profit organizations) generated in response to or by-product of (initiatives, legislation) the social condition being addressed.