The Repair Project (And Other Affairs of Just Plain Living) is a conceptual piece/socially engaged artwork in which Hackett mends items in need of repair as a starting point for a discussion about labor, use-value, and exchange. Hackett began the project in 2015 using her own items of clothing and linens that were worn or damaged. The result of the repairs is not invisible perfection, but instead a unique and useful mend that commemorates the original labor involved in the making of the item, whether it be mass-produced or handmade. By presenting the repair as a valuable action through her labor as an artist, Hackett hopes to encourage others in similar activities to counterbalance overconsumption. For the project at Seed Space, Hackett’s mended work clothes will be on view during the exhibition. During the opening reception and gallery hours, Hackett will have a small workstation where she will sit and mend. Visitors may bring in an item to be repaired on site or left for donation. At the end of the exhibit, there will be a closing reception celebrating the repairs. Through this exchange, members of the community will have an opportunity to participate in a reflective and accessible cultural experience.
“Athens of the South” By John Warren
October 2014 – Current
||“Athens of the South” is inspired by John Dewey’s belief that communication creates a great community, and that citizens who participate actively with public life contribute to that community. In “The Public and its Problems,” he writes:
“The clear consciousness of a communal life, in all its implications, constitutes the idea of democracy.”
John Warren has been teaching video art to underserved students at Maplewood High School in East Nashville every Friday since early October. He’s working with about 60 students to make self-portrait videos, observational documentaries about life around the school (ROTC, an auto body shop, etc.), funny fake trailers, and rap videos. Project is ongoing, and will culminate in a final presentation in 2015.
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