I think DIY is political and I think humans like to share and I think companies like to come in and figure out how to manhandle that sharing so they can actually make a profit.
Click play to listen. Recorded on November 6, 2007.
Led by ReadyMade Magazine’s then deputy editor Julia Cosgrove, this panel of resourceful Chicagoans examines the growing practice of creatively recycling materials both in contemporary art and everyday life. They assess the relationship between recycling and art—does your duct-tape wallet deserve gallery space?—and speak to whether recontextualizing and reassembling found materials offers any environmental benefit. (You may be surprised.) What is a viewer’s role in completing an artwork? Who determines meaning? And what do fanzines have to do with it?
Panelists discussing this resurgence of do-it-yourself and bottom-up creation include designer Cat Chow, industrial designer and educator Kevin Henry, art professor Lane Relyea, and Material Exchange art collective member Sara Black.
Generously sponsored by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, with additional funding provided by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Above: Detail from Cut with the Dada Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany by Hannah Höch (1889-1978). 1919. Collage, 114 x 90 cm.