Projects (2016 – Today)

install1Local Control (2011-Now)

Local Control: Karl Hess in the World of Ideas is an ongoing trans-media documentary project about the life of Karl Hess and the human aspiration to be self-sufficient and organize resources on a local scale. The result has been an installation and a feature length video essay.


See also the 21 Bios supplement Booklet Format and the small print table top format requiring a mouse magnifier (demonstrated in the installation shots above).

We Are All (2012-Now)


An ongoing installation project and collection of quotations:

  1. “We Are All This Woman Refusing to Put Down Her Book at a Trump Rally” (Attribution: Kara Brown in a blog post on 11/10/15)
  2. “We are all conservative now” (Attribution: Mike Cloud in the artist’s studio 1/17/2012)
  3. “We are all terrorists now” (Attribution: Wes Messamore in blog post for The Humble Libertarian on 8/8/2011)
  4. “We Are All Fascists Now” ( February 12th and 14th, 2009 | Michael Ledeen)
  5. “We are all Socialists now” (Attribution: Newsweek Magazine cover graphic 2/16/2009)
  6. “We Are All Japanese Now” (V. Anantha Nageswaran Nov 10 2008)
  7. “We Are All Photographers Now” (Attribution: Exhibition at Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2007)
  8. “We are all Thatcherites now” (Attribution: Peter Mandleson in The Times 6/10/2002)
  9. “Nous sommes tous Américains” Jean-Marie Colombani, Le Monde, Paris, France, Sept. 12, 2001.
  10. “We Are All Bourgeois Now” Manic Street Preachers, March 19, 2001
  11. “We Are All Reaganites Now” Kevin A. Hassett,, American Enterprise (9/1999)
  12. “We are all Keynesians now” (Attribution: Milton Friedman in Time Magazine 12/31/1965. Note: This is often attributed to Richard Nixon who said “I am now a Keynesian in economics”. Friedman was a close advisor to Nixon.)
  13. “Ich bin ein Berliner”, JFK, 6/26/1963
  14. “We are all new dealers now” (Attribution: Arthur larson, 1957, quoted by Kenneth Galbraith)
  15. “We Are All Imperialists Now” (Mary Kingsley, Chambers Journal, May 12 1900)
  16. “We Are All Protectionists Now” (Attribution: William Henry Traill, Parliamentary Debates in New South Wales, 1891)
  17. “We are all Socialists now” (Attribution: William Vernon Harcourt in a speech at The House of Commons on 8/10/1887 – Recorded in The Times on 8/11/1887)
  18. “We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists.
    (Thomas Jefferson First Inaugural Address In the Washington, D.C. Wednesday, March 4, 1801)

How Food Moves & Moving Units (2015-2017)

finalogoIn the summer of 2015 I organized Moving Units, an event series at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, in conjunction with Food, Shelter, and Clothing – an exhibition curated by Aldy Milliken.

Moving Units was a public program series about food and economy.  Through five thematic “Units” this series draws on some of the subjects that are rarely talked together about but effect how people get food and make a living from Kentucky and Illinois to France and China. This project was developed as a part of the Futurefarmers“Grain Pit” installation at KMAC and Republic Bank in downtown Louisville.

Moving Units featured participation from The Berry Center,   Ryan Griffis and Sarah RossJudith LitLouisville Time BankCynthia MainRepublic Bank, Luigi Russi, Nancy Schoenhoff, Sean Starowitz, Slow Money KY, and more. *Logo design by Amy Franceschini, Futurefarmers.

This event series led to the following exhibition:

How Food Moves: Edible Logistics

A group exhibition at Rowan University Art Gallery (March 20 – May 27th, 2017)

Curated by Daniel Tucker

Participants include Kristen Neville Taylor, Amber Art & Design, Stephanie RothenbergRyan Griffis and Sarah Ross, Freedom Arts (led by Candice Smith), Cynthia Main, Otabenga Jones & Associates, Brian Holmes, Claire Pentecost, and Philly Stake.

Project Description:

“Logistics Makes The World Work Better” —  United Parcel Service, Inc.

Food moves through complex patterns of distribution in between the point of origin (“the farm”) and its point of consumption (“the plate”). Increasingly contemporary artists are grappling with the complexity of this movement through research-based and participatory initiatives and projects. This exhibition aims to highlight a range of these works, as well as present newly commissioned projects by artists working in the region who can explore regional specificity of Philadelphia and southern New Jersey.

See the project booklet and documentation here

Organize Your Own (2016-2019)

Throughout 2016 I curated the exhibition and event series  “Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements” in Philadelphia at Kelly Writers House (January 14 – February 17, 2016) and Chicago at The Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery (March 3 – April 9, 2016). The exhibition then began a multi-city tour in 2017 which includes: Augustana Teaching Museum of Art at Augustana College (Rock Island, IL), Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (Grand Rapids MI), Cuesta College (San Luis Obisbo, CA), Texas State Galleries (San Marcos TX), Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College (MI), the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA (Portland) and a pecial education project with Ox-Bow School of Art (Saugutuck, MI).

Original support for Organize Your Own has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from collaborating venues including The Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery at Columbia College Chicago, Kelly Writers House’s Brodsky Gallery at University of Pennsylvania, Slought, Asian Arts Initiative, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and others.

In/Out Summer Symposium & Conversations@Moore series (2014-2019)

inout2017Over the course of 5 years I have programmed numerous public events at Moore College of Art & Design, which are all archived with video and photo documentation across two websites: and

The ongoing Conversations@Moore series has included Meg Onli, Rob Blackson, Pablo Helguara, Rob Peagler, Terri Kapsalis, Aaron Levy, Megan Voeller, Damon Rich, Melissa Kim, Thoai Nguyen, Li Sumpter, Park Powers, Blake Bradford, Maori Holmes, Kelli Morgan, Damon Reeves, Garth Evans, Julia Klein, Jacque Liu, Paul Farber, Liz Thomas, Minerva Cuevas, Nato Thompson, Jeanne Van Heeswijk, Sue Bell Yank Works Progress, Amber Art & Design, a survey of new Residency Programs in Philadelphia (with Asian Arts Initiative, Village of Arts and Humanities, The Rotunda, The Hacktory, RAIR, and a dialogue with Janet Echelman which was subsequently published in Public Art Review.

The In/Out Summer symposium was co-organized with Paul Farber and Mural Arts Philadelphia around themes in 2015 (“Time”), 2016 (“Ethics”) and 2017 (“Scale”). Past symposium speakers have included: Rick Lowe, Walidah Imarisha, Torture Justice Memorials, Immigrant Movement International Corona, Helen Haynes, Denise Brown, Aaron Levy, Slought, Shira Walinsky, Selina Morales, Philadelphia Folklore Project, Neighborhood Time Exchange project, the Village of Arts and Humanities, Asian Arts Initiative, Risë Wilson, Southeast by Southeast, Southwest Roots (Bartram’s Garden and Mural Arts), West Philadelphia with Philadelphia LISC (including Spiral Q, Tiny WPA, and PEC CDC), Eastern State Penitentiary, Pablo Helguera, Art & the Public Sphere journal, Jonathan Wallis, Dan S. Wang, Anthony Romero, Michael Rakowitz, A Long Walk Home’s Girl/Friends, Salamishah Tillet, Scheherazade Tillet, Marline Johnson, Asia Willis, and Danielle, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Juntos, Erika Almiron, Cruz Romero, Sean Kelley, Louise Martorano, Lucía Sanromán, Nato Thompson, Maori Holmes, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Marion Wilson, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Jane Ursula Harris, Patricia Phillips, Keith Bowman, Taller Puertorriqueño, Rafael Damast, MAP’s Restorative Justice Voices, Russell Craig, Jesse Krimes, Dawan Williams, MAP Kensington Storefront, Parris Stancell, Al Tull, Roberto Bedoya, Beka Economopoulos, Not an Alternative/The Natural History Museum, Asian Arts Initiative, Dave Kyu, Village of Arts & Humanities, Aviva Kapust, Painted Bride, Laurel Raczka, Fleisher Art Memorial, Elizabeth Grimaldi, Magda Martinez, Candice Smith, Huewayne Watson, Phoebe Durst, Sarah Chavez, Jess Garz, Leeway , Stockton Rush Bartol, Beth Feldman Brandt, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Laura Koloski, Germaine Ingram, Jane Golden, and Patti Phillips.