Survival Guide & Kit

2010-11

Site-specific installation

Media: Photo mural, oil drum, mannequin, survival kit supplies, survival guide (book with survival tips, recipes for vermin and invasive species, philosophy, 50 pages)

Dimensions: 3m x 1.5m x 3m

Fictitious retail outlet providing tools for surviving a range of catastrophes. Tools include first aid kit, gas mask, anti-nuclear pills, water purification tablets, maps, compass, binoculars, woodcraft knife, trenching tool and pick, portable chainsaw-in-a-can, flint tool, self-powered weatherband portable radio, waterproof shoulder bag, hermetically sealed non-hybrid seed bank, etc. Survival Guide & Kit was adapted to the varying locations where it was installed, including: Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, 2010, curated by Nick Tobier; Western New York Book Arts Center and Albright-Knox Art Gallery Bookstore, Buffalo, curated by John Massier as part of Beyond/In Western New York 2010; Convenience Gallery, Toronto, 2010; Wharf, Centre d’art contemporain de Basse-Normandie, Hérouville-Saint-Clair, France, 2011, curated by Gilles Forest; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, 2018. Survival Guide & Kit is in the collections of the Burchfield Penney Art Center and Wharf, Centre d’art contemporain de Basse-Normandie.

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