An interview project archiving the stories of four contemporary artists while hunting for mushrooms in the summer of 2013. Participating artists include Rob Peterson, Cassie Thornton, Caroline Woolard and Kate Clark. (Research blog: mycologicalprovisions.tumblr.com) (Video Credits: Music by Quilla, Sound design by Marty O’Connor and Quilla) Sound Recordings: Rob Peterson: [audio:http://christopherleekennedy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rob-Peterson-Conversation-Edit-2014.mp3] Cassie Thornton: [audio:http://christopherleekennedy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Thornton-Final-Audio.mp3] Caroline […]
A movement-research collaboration with students at Dudley High School and artist Athena Kokoronis to create a site-specific dance for downtown Greensboro. The Listening Story of No Words explores a dance process that draws inspiration from the tradition of quilt making, line drawing, personal experience and expression through movement and improv. The project was developed during […]
ecoartspace action guides are a platform for artists addressing environmental issues. Each guide supports both learning institutions and community organizations that are interested in educating youth and adults about the principles of ecology through aesthetic experiences in the natural and built environment. Over the past several years I’ve helped developed activities and projects for 2 […]
Museum Futures Vol. 1 What is the connection between one woman’s 58-year collection, a nomadic assemblage of queer ephemera, a high-tech teen hangout, and the treasured remains of a fishing town? Beginning in a lake Michigan lagoon and sustained through a trans-continental Skype conversation, Museum Futures is an interview project developed by three people with […]
Location: Greensboro, NC Collaborator: Guilford Green Foundation, Elsewhere Museum I Don’t Do Boxes is a magazine exploring LGBTQ experience, published at Elsewhere and edited by a team of queer-identifying youth. The first issue, Schools Out! collects over 30 artworks, stories, poems, comics and essays exploring queer southern experience and beyond. I Don’t Do Boxes: Out […]
Location: Durham, NC Collaborator: Elsewhere, Scrap Exchange, Acre TV Alive in the Kitchen is food performance for the internet & real life. Alive in the Kitchen re-imagines the cooking show format as a platform for participatory culinary experiments, inviting local communities, puppets, and artists to broadcast a-live from Elsewhere’s kitchen commons. A-LIVE in the Kitchen is […]
99 Books About Love is a project about shelving, sharing and second-hands, collecting 99 books from people all over North Carolina that explore love in its many forms. The project was an Elsewhere collaborative commission for the Ackland Museum in Chapel Hill, NC during the exhibition More Love: Art, Politics and Sharing since the 1990s. […]
For four years now I have served as a teaching artist and education curator for Elsewhere, a living museum and artist residency program set inside a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro, NC. )
In August 2013 I conducted a residency at the Roberts Street Social Center, a collection of projects dedicated to providing free or affordable access to independent and alternative media, art, and education in Halifax, CA. Below are some images from my time and collaboration with Center community members:
QueerLab is a youth-led media program exploring LGBTQ experience in North Carolina. Each QueerLab session brings together an editorial team of queer identifying youth to publish I Don’t Do Boxes, and organize workshops focused on creative media production and digital storytelling.
Everyday Obsolescence is a video work created during SoundLab, a youth-led media project exploring the role of technology and the everyday. The project challenged a group of high school students in Greensboro, NC to create sculptures from discarded media equipment and video self-portraits to compose an experimental score of music and sounds. The project was […]
A teahouse and site for ritual exchange located in an old shed collapsed by a tree in Greensboro, NC.
The Queer Explorers Club is a civil service technical guild. A place to explore the androgynous unknown, and the in-between space of gender one adventure at a time.
School of the Future is an experiment in what school can be. It was the child of the Teaching Artist Union and the Institute for Applied Aesthetics. In 2010 it grew into an outdoor intergenerational free school in Brooklyn. Since then it has become an archive of lessons learned and a network of radical educators […]
StrataSpore is a platform for collective knowledge about mushrooms. Initiated by Kate Cahill, Christopher Kennedy, Athena Kokoronis, Caroline Woolard, and mycologist Gary Lincoff, Strataspore uses mushrooms as material and metaphor for latent potential and unseen infrastructure. Right now, mushrooms are eating oil spills, connecting old members of Fluxus, feeding communities, and growing as alternative packaging […]
A small native plant set inside a discarded hardware pouch; an epiphyte for human architecture. Collaborators wore an epiphyte on their bodies while navigating NYC as both biological indicator and platform for urban play.
A site-specific ritual created for the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art’s Peekskill Project in 2009.
Art Work is a newspaper and accompanying website that consists of writings and images from artists, activists, writers, critics, and others on the topic of working within depressed economies and how that impacts artistic process, compensation and artistic property.
Crisis Folklore is a journal put together by the Groundswell Collective (Cambridge, MA: 2010) to imagine future stories that describe our current time period can give us an alternative glimpse of the cultures we are shaping in the here-and-now.
An experiment in shamanic healing at Lumenhouse, Brooklyn in the fall of 2008. A re-imagined ritual referencing the concept of the medicine wheel as a gestural performance.
A site-specific sculpture exploring viewing portals, vantage ways, and access points to cloud and sky gazing.
Skewl is an interactive installation and performance built by the ETC. Collective for the North Carolina Museum of Art. Participants were invited to join us for classes, play at recess, ride the skewl bus, co-create the yearbook and contribute to the environment of learning.
There’s currently a movement underfoot! A recent groundswell of young farmers are fostering an agricultural movement with farmers who have worked the land for generations. With this underway, our government is recognizing the need for more young farmers and implementing programs to encourage them, while organizations are offering support networks, training opportunities, and resources […]
A collaboration with Janette Kim at the Urban Landscape Lab at Columbia to map fungal communities in New York City using a tool called Project Noah which nature lovers can use to explore and document local wildlife using a common technology platform. Right now, mushrooms are eating oil spills, providing insulation for buildings, and decomposing […]
A collection of images archiving the Kennedy family through the 20th century.
As a Research Assistant at NYU, I contributed to the development of The Environmental Health Clinic, a cross-disciplinary lab that develops and prescribes systems that improve human and environmental health. Founded by Natalie Jeremijenko, the Clinic includes a range of projects, actions, and speculative designs exploring issues of biopolitics, environmental health, sustainability and design. In […]