The Elephant in the Room Proposal for MSU Museum "Food Fight"
This interactive exhibit piece will feature a one-room structure made with plastic weavings made from animal feed bags and rice sacks collected by the artist in Northern Thailand. Inside of the room, 4 woven plastic chairs will be placed across from each other for audience members to sit on and read from 5 electronic programmable LED signs that will feature messages/data/thought provoking questions about the negative impacts of eating meat on people, animals, and ecosystems. This exhibit explores how plant-based diets are a crucial solution for multi-species justice and food security around the globe. Using Thailand as an example, the exorbitant amount of animal feed bags used for the woven walls are meant to highlight the unproductive cycle of raising and feeding animals for human consumption. The audience will be encouraged to step inside the plastic structure and address the elephant in the room--is it ethical to consume meat when the industry is responsible for 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions? What would happen if we were to grow food for humans instead of for animals? How might reducing factory farming (dairy, poultry, beef, pork, etc.) lead to the reclamation of land for biodiversity, feed food insecure communities, and address climate change?