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Collective Visioning is both a process and a space to share resources and ideas, develop stronger relationships, participate in workshops and skill-shares, and ideate collaborations as part of a process that leads to a related project in the Commons Space at Vox Populi. Starting in April, members of the Vox Populi collective will initiate this undertaking with an ecologically-focused process to design and construct “The Dream Machine,” an indoor hydroponic medicinal herb garden that is watered by a solar-powered irrigation system, which pumps collected and purified stormwater as part of the forthcoming Future Ecologies exhibition, opening in Fall 2021.
The Collective Visioning studio space offers an experience that encourages mindfulness, curiosity, and hands-on experimentation. In the studio space, there is a large sky mural painting, a cloud table on wheels, an expanding library, a set of planetary mood boards with questions created for the public to answer, along with other modular elements. With special emphasis placed on intersectional environmentalism and undoing human supremacy, the Vox Populi collective will draw inspiration from plant and animal life, traditional craft skills and hand building techniques, soundscape ecology, and environmental remediation.
The project aims to reorient our relationship to the natural world, institutions, and our sense of collective and personal well-being. Through “visioning” together as a collective and a community, we hope to recover a sense of purpose and concrete possibility after experiencing the shared wounds of 2020.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Maddie Hewitt is a dreamer who addresses social issues in her work through abstraction and play. She primarily uses video, performance, sculpture, and sound to produce creative research projects, often involving collaboration. Collectivism, and the interconnectedness of humans and environmental systems drives her investigation. Her work also alludes to the traditional association of women with care-taking of the body and of our living spaces.