Catatecture, attempting to meet the new needs of natural life forms

Catatecture, attempting to meet the new needs of natural life forms
Elizabeth Demaray in collaboration with the Against All Odds community
Mixed media, dimensions variable, 2017

Catatecture, attempting to meet the new needs of natural life forms is a multipart artistic response to plastic detritus, human agency, and the plight of stray cats in the urban landscape. This site-specific instillation, invites the local community to contribute recycled, large-scale, plastic containers with fitting lids that might serve as temporary cold-weather shelters for stray cats. If the contributed object turns out not to be appropriate for a “catatecture” renovation, Elizabeth Demaray will artistically respond to it by turning it into a piece of sculpture and including it in the ongoing installation. If the container is suitable to be repurposed as a winter cat-house, it will be “renovated” into a usable form of shelter.

Special note, I will be hosting the Catatecture Renovation Hour at the Flux Factory Gallery, Feb 10th, 6:00PM to 7:00PM. The invite for the event is here:

Catatecture is the process by which manmade plastic debris may be turned into viable winter housing for stray cats in the urban environment. To participate, please bring one large plastic container, with a tight fitting lid, to the workshop. If the container is not suitable for a Catatecture renovation, Elizabeth Demaray will artistically respond the the object and include it in the Catatecture installation, currently on view in the Flux Factory Gallery. If your container is suitable for renovation, materials, tools and a Catatecture tutorial will be provided that will allow you to transform your detritus into a cat-suitable, cold-weather, shelter.
Information on Catatecture, Trap-Neuter-Return programs, and best practices for building shelters for stray cats, will be provided at the workshop.
So please join me!
All my best,
Eliz

 

About demaray

I kinit sweaters for plants, I culture lichen on the sides of skyscrapers in New York City and I manufacture alternative forms of housing for hermit crabs, out of plastic. With the engineer Dr. Qingze Zou, I am currently creating the IndaPlant Project: An Act of Trans-Species Giving in which I am building light-sencing robotic supports for housplants. These moving floraborgs allow potted-plants to roam freely in a domestic environment, in search of sunlight and water.

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