Objects for Collective Engagement

Erin Johnson and Amanda Eicher's Objects for Collective Engagement are tools modeled on methods of street organizing and direct action and available for wide and unspecified use. Object #1, meant for groups, is a large canvas circle with 16 handles that has been used for a variety of purposes including carrying props for a labor rights street theater troupe and as a wheelbarrow extension for an Occupy movement farm.

Later, when asked to create an arts intervention for University of California, Berkeley's Arts Research Center's screening of the Creative Time Summit, Eicher and Johnson used the opportunity to reflect on the kinds of care seen in the Occupy Movement, namely the sharing of meals. Object #2, text-filled lunch boxes with screen-printed napkins and vegetables grown by activists in the community, linked protest movements of peoples worldwide with the Occupy movement.