To cultivate introspection and connection in a space known for engendering anxiety and detachment, MyNerva variously took the form of an office party, corporate retreat, and collaborative brainstorming session.
In 2011, the Vancouver–based Lower Mainland Painting Co. established a temporary Artworkers Hall open to anyone who wanted to attend. Sandpaper membership cards signified their bearers’ self-identification as artists.
For eight hours, Shannon Finnegan printed two phrases in ballpoint pen: “I should be working more” and “I should be working less.” The result is a surplus of paperwork and a pointed observation about art and labor.
In Letters Sent Sometime After the Continents Divorced, Alicia Escott addresses extinct species as long lost loves.
Animal Estates builds new dwellings for displaced species, inviting them to return to the same cities that drove them out.
In 1999, Hans Waanders (1951-2001) set up a series of bird perches along European waterways, hoping to woo a kingfisher. “Fishing Perches,” a small accordion-style book, documents the project.
These capsules contain biological elements that speed tissue decay. Part of the Infinity Burial Project, the substance inside presents an ecologically responsible way to deal with death.
Time/Bank currency is acquired by trading increments of one’s time, and can be swapped for goods and services within the global Time/Bank network.