Monday, September 26, 2011


Eating in Public's pamphlets, "Free Papaya" and "SAME ENEMY SAME FIGHT" included in the NY Art Book Fair.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

HonWeekly 9-21-2011 Interview

Honolulu Weekly 9-21-2011 Interview
by Matthew Dekneef

about Frass, APEC, ant farms, etc.


In response to APEC's (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) November 2011 conference in Honolulu, Eating in Public, in collaboration with Arm and Roller Press, Tadpole Studio, and others, has produced tee shirts and signs for distribution.

In July 2011 EIP utilized our website and Facebook to put out a call saying something like, "APEC is meeting in Honolulu in November. Eating in Public is up to something. We want all your old tee-shirts – Any color, size, design."

Approximately 800 to 1,000 shirts and flat sheets were dropped off (unscientific count because no one bothered to actually count them) and transported to Arm and Roller Press on September 6. Printing began in earnest on September 15 with a team of over 20. Since a controlled system of chance operated at each and every step, each shirt is unique. Amazing textual and visual juxtapositions abound, reaffirming that autonomy and agency is nothing to be afraid of.


Distribution started immediately. Periodic drop-offs will be made to Revolution Books Honolulu for dispersal. Free for people who will wear them. $5,000 for those who won't.

Related to these projects, Eating in Public will be taking part in two OFF[HRS] workshops at thirtynine hotel: September 29 and Oct 15 @ 6:30pm

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Eating in Public's ANTI-APEC pages are up and running, with downloadable pamphlet and slogan templates. And we will be at 39hotel on Oct 13, 6:30 - 8 pm doing demonstration as a part of [OFF]HRS. Come!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Frass at Honolulu Museum of Art

at Honolulu Museum of Art

The Academy is pleased to debut Frass, the latest project from photographer and conceptual artist Gaye Chan. Chan’s work ruminates on the ways in which cartography, photography, and printed matter simultaneously offer and occlude information. Frass originated in a rare and obscure source: an insect-damaged accordion book of 19th-century Japanese woodblock illustrations. Intrigued by the complex pattern of wormholes that meandered through the book’s pages, Chan scanned the folios, enlarged them, and superimposed onto their lattice-like surfaces Google Map photographs of approximately 20 miles of the U.S./Mexico Border. The resulting installation is comprised of 10 large-scale digital prints—each a composite of more than 300 intricate screen captures—mounted in the manner of roll-up maps, aligned horizontally, and anchored by a rotating laser that traces the border’s location from one image to the next.
Frass suggests analogies between insect detritus and topography, larvae tracks and the roadways established for the transport of people and goods associated with the Mexican maquiladoras [export assembly plants]. In juxtaposing the vantage points of satellite and worm, authorized cargo and illicit traffic, Frass documents the border as it currently stands and speculates on the imbalance of power between this arbitrary boundary, the individuals who navigate it, and the body politic that transcends it. Scheduled to coincide with the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, taking place in Honolulu in November, Frass reflects on how economic alliances promote free trade, even as they rely on national borders to criminalize the movement of people.

exhibition documentation

Free Grindz on view in Honolulu

Free Grindz, created originally for an exhibition at Southern Exposure (Feb 2011), is on view as a part of the faculty exhibition at the University of Hawai'i from September 4 - 30, 2011.

Free Grindz is an edible weed information center / weed seed distribution station. Designed as a shipping crate and made (almost) entirely out of found material, it unfolds into the exhibition itself.