Multimedia artist and Green Patriot Posters contributor, DJ Spooky, said imagination is the most renewable source of energy humans have.
In August 2011, I got involved in a multimedia design campaign, Green Patriot Posters, in order to explore the process of art and social practice. This campaign, created by The Canary Project, brings together the strongest contemporary graphic design promoting sustainability and the fight against climate change. It aims to encourage citizen participation in building a sustainable economy.
Through print media, public space and digital culture, the campaign has reached five million people since 2008.
I completed a Kickstarter campaign for a short documentary about Green Patriot Posters, and came on as a producer of the film. I helped the team to overcome many challenges to get the film made and bring the message of hope and strength for the environmental movement to the public.
The film features interviews with renowned artists and creatives Shepard Fairey, DJ Spooky, Michael Beirut, Dmitri Siegel, The Canary Project and Matthilde Fallot. It was shot on location in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Ventura, New York, Paris and Stockholm.
There have been preview screenings in New York and in Los Angeles, where two ZERO WASTE events were produced in partnership with Sustain LA, to raise awareness, model and educate audiences about sustainable practices.
In the fall of 2012, the film was officially included in the Green Patriot Posters campaign and it will be featured in a traveling solo exhibition of the posters launching at Design Museum Boston in 2014.
In addition, during the spring of 2012, I worked with the curatorial team, Edward Morris, co-founder of The Canary Project and Green Patriot Posters; Susannah Sayler, co-founder of The Canary Project; and Ken Miller, to promote the first solo exhibition of the posters, Public Notice: A Green Patriot Salon, at Ed.Varie in NYC.
Participating in the Green Patriot Posters campaign has been very transformative. My life is more sustainable in many ways, from the choices I make about the food I eat, to reducing my intake of consumer goods and finding new ways to lower my carbon footprint. My ultimate goal is ZERO WASTE and while I’m not there yet, I get to practice every day.