Livable Futures welcomes artist and activist Candace Thompson and her Collaborative Urban Resilience Banquet (The C.U.R.B.) project. C.U.R.B. uses the act of urban foraging and the projected "what if" disaster scenarios of climate change to examine critical issues around food and food sovereignty, land access, environmental remediation, multi-species interdependence, and right relationship(s) with the (un)natural world.
Thompson's field work observations and citizen science experiments are documented via the project's instagram handle, @the_c_u_r_b and shared at a series of seasonal community meals foraged largely from the city streets. This project is supported by the More Art Engaging Artists Fund, the Culture Push Associated Artists Program, and Residency Unlimited's Dirt and Debt Program.
OSU Professor of Art, Amy Youngs is hosting Thompson
for a series of workshops and interventions on campus and in Columbus
including this artist talk which is free and open to the public.
Candace Thompson is a [human] performer and interdisciplinary media maker fascinated with the feedback loops generated by place, culture, identity, climate, economics, labor, and daily interpersonal interaction. She makes video, audio, web projects, and ritualistic installations– both IRL and online—that examine and challenge the truths we purportedly hold to be self-evident. Perhaps they aren’t so self-evident after all.
As a performer she has worked at venues such as the Guggenheim, the BAM Next Wave Festival, and as a recurring character on the HBO series High Maintenance. Her recent media projects include a video-ritual that unpacks intergenerational trauma as a somatic heirloom, an art-musical about phone addiction and the corporate surveillance state, and The C.U.R.B. which uses urban foraging, DIY remediation experiments and digital storytelling to (re)connect urbanites to our fragile and oft-displaced food web in the face of man-made climate change.