Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Film and Media Studies

First Advisor

Andrew Demirjian

Second Advisor

Veronique Bernard

Academic Program Adviser

Andrew Lund


The Collaborative Urban Resilience Banquet (The C.U.R.B.) is an interdisciplinary art project consisting of citizen science experiments, community events, and social media storytelling that collectively examine critical issues of environmental, social, and food-based justice as we face oncoming climate crisis. The project explores lessons learned about/with/from Brooklyn's feral edible plant and animal species, many of whom have long and complicated relationships with humanity. Artist Candace Thompson of The C.U.R.B. forages and processes these beings into food and medicine, and conducts DIY remediation experiments with them in an attempt to mitigate any contamination found therein. She shares her fndings via an Instagram handle and at a series of community meals made from these foraged foods. Overall this project seeks to reconnect urbanites with the (un)natural world that surrounds us. The weedy beings who survive and thrive in human wastelands can serve as resilience role models, teaching us to be better global citizens and better neighbors. The C.U.R.B. postulates that there may still be time for us to eat one another away from the brink of extinction.



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