Anti-Litter Project

by Peter Christenson

"Social practice art" mapping project and activist intervention tracking non-sustainable practices and litter habits in an attempt to reshape environmental practices.

Individuals are invited to serve as creative researchers and "social practice artists" through the GPS mapping, photographing of, and removal of litter in highly trafficked or vacant areas in their communities. All data, including photographs of garbage, will be pinned on an evolving online map via smart phone or browser and then showcased as a multimedia installation at a variety of art galleries and museums. Project functions as a call for activism to target, document, and clean-up particularly litter-heavy areas and welcomes individuals to serve as socially and environmentally conscious artists, researchers, and most significantly, as agents of change in their respective communities (More info: http://www.littertrail.com) and (http://finearts.wsu.edu/faculty/pchristenson.html).

Data will be used for ongoing academic and creative research and "social practice art" mapping of litter and non-sustainable practices. User location data (and photographs) will be pinned on a map API via a social network website and will also be showcased in a variety of art forums including galleries and museums.

To ensure no unauthorized access to OpenPaths data, we will follow all university confidentiality and security procedures in the execution and distribution of our research and creative projects and exhibitions.

Goal is to produce online research website, multimedia installations, and academic publications related to findings. Project's objective is to engender an ongoing "social practice art" mapping project and community-based intervention tracking non-sustainable practices and litter habits in an attempt to reshape environmental practices and promote clean-up and eco-activism. We will make links to all publications, press, and gallery exhibitions available on our personal websites.