statement

Within socially based projects, I highlight intersections of leisure and labor by constructing scenarios to engage the public through care and attendance.  Leisure has long been thought of as a reward for working hard, and that the two activities should be kept separate in the interest of productivity.  Manual labor is required to ride a bicycle, and equally as involved is the element of enjoyment, which operates as a signifier of an apparent overlap. In these conglomerate zones where work and play collide, platforms exist where micro-cultures respond to the larger social and political frameworks that surround aspects of daily life such as food, transit, occupation, and community.  I am exploring how older ways of living have been rejuvenated through responses to the leisure-labor dichotomy, resulting in do-it-yourself culture, home gardens, bicycle travel, and general resourcefulness, all of which function as catalysts for serving my neighbors.  The intended outcome of these explorations is to connect with people through ideas, interaction and service by highlighting the complex makeup of daily activity in a light-hearted manner.

Most recently I have been working on a manual as a response to how culture and community is created through the sport of rock climbing.  Of particular interest is “bouldering,” which is a sect of the sport concentrated on technical movements at low heights, using only “crash pads” and human “spotters” to prevent injury.  Bouldering is an intensely laborious type of active leisure that provides a unique experience of self-awareness through a rigorous connection to a given environment.  As these experiences are shared between climbers, community is created.  Using the culturally understood format for a bouldering guidebook, I am fabricating a manual that points out new approaches to the relationship between foot transit and the constructed environment on my college campus. The goal of the book is to provide and share exciting experiences through new methods of navigating the campus and experiencing the constructed environment.