On view: Home Is Where the Plastic Eating Stomach Is

Home Is Where The Plastic Eating Stomach Is, a living sculpture and community art action, considers the roll of plastic in our daily lives and proposes that we view this material as a resource. The heart of this installation is a plastomach (plastic+stomach), which actually consumes plastic by virtue of living fungi. Utilizing resent research from the John Dighton Lab at Rutgers University, this open source design suggests that we may be able to re envision our consumer waste cycle by expanding the habitat of white rot fungi into our domestic living spaces.

Have you ever felt sad about disposing of plastic when it may end up in landfill? Do you worry that your plastic debris may become micro particles in the ocean? If so, please bring a plastic object, and a libation to share with others, to Swale House, 15 Nolan Loop, Governors Island, for a Porch Chat and Plastic Catharsison September 6th, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, with Elizabeth Demaray and the artist researchers at Swale House.

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Detail of Home Is Where The Plastic Eating Stomach Is, stomach that digests plastic by virtue of living fungi, community art installationSwale House, 15 Noland Loop, Governors Island, June 29th to October 30th, 2019, photo by Tessa Ecker

Collaborating with organizations including the NYC Urban Field Station, Space HL and the Urban Soils Institute, Swale House, Mary Mattingly’s Swale, is utilizing an historic house on Governors Island in Nolan Park. It is free and open to the public Saturdays and Sundays, from 11am – 5pm, and in the evenings on the first Friday of every month for a Porch Chat lecture, June 1 through October 30th, 2019. The house is staffed to provide information on the Swale barge, the development of a food forest on Governors Island, and work Swale is doing with the NYC Urban Soils Institute. http://www.swaleny.org

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Detail of Home Is Where The Plastic Eating Stomach Is, stomach that digests plastic by virtue of living fungi, community art installationSwale House, 15 Noland Loop, Governors Island, June 29th to October 30th, 2019

More on how to participate in Home Is Where The Plastic Eating Stomach Is below:

Come partake in an alternative form of plastic dispossession. Between June 29 and October 30, bring your plastic waste to Swale House, Governors Island, NYC, and it may become feed for a living sculpture that digests plastic via white rot fungi. Utilizing an open source plastomach, (plastic + stomach) design, this entity can be fed plastic waste and may help us envision a world that’s free of plastic debris.

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Info on white rot fungi:

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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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