2006-2008 The Pie - named for a listing in Roget's thesaurus under Participation: to stick one's finger in the pie
The Pie was a project aimed at creating a more active sense of community within the art department at the University of New Mexico. An abandoned courtyard in the main art building was transformed from dust and trash into a thriving garden. Tables and benches were built, and weekly lunch-hour events were held. These events always included pie, and were scheduled as skill-shares, with participants volunteering to share a specific skill that they knew with one another. Visitors from other areas of the University began to attend, as well as individuals who did not even attend school but were interested in being involved.
The once-neglected courtyard became a site that people were happy to use. Class critiques began being held there, people met and took breaks together in the space, spontaneous planting and weeding happened.
So many amazing people were a part of making The Pie happen. After tending the space and holding events for a year and a half, we created a book that documented the many skills and experiences that were shared together. Main collaborators and supporters of The Pie were: Lisbeth Pelsue, Erin Kawamata, Larry Bob Phillips, Juan Marietta, Chris Reiz, V, Amir, Steve, Elo, Kat, Craig, Sophia, Andrew Crooks, Ben, Joy, and many other generous participants