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Domestic Integrities surveys local and seasonal patterns and rituals of interior domestic landscapes, the way we use what we resourcefully find around us to artfully make ourselves at home. Establishing a plant-animal-human trilogy with the Edible Estates (est. 2005) series of front yard food gardens and the Animal Estates (est. 2008) initiatives for urban wildlife architecture, Domestic Integrities turns it’s attention towards the interior environments of humans, and the ways in which local resources are digested into their homes.

PART E01: LONDON / Hayward Gallery / Jun 11 - Jul 11, 2012
PART E02: ABRUZZO / Pollinaria / Jun 2012 - May 2013
PART A01: NEW YORK / Museum of Modern Art / Sep 24 - Nov 19, 2012 (garden est. Jun 20, 2012)
PART A02: EAST LANSING / Broad Art Museum at MSU / Sep 9, 2012 - Spring 2013
PART A03: LOS ANGELES / Hammer Museum / Mar 21 - 24, 2013
PART A04: LINCOLN / deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum / Jun 15 - Oct, 2013
PART A05: MINNEAPOLIS / Walker Art Center / Aug 8 - Nov 24, 2013 (garden est. May 2013)
PART A06: BERKELEY / Berkeley Art Museum / Jan 29 - Jun 1, 2014

BEACH LAKE, Mildred's Lane / Jun 21 - 24, 2012 (beginning of the American rug)
BUDAPEST, Blood Mountain Foundation / Jun 4 - 9, 2012 (beginning of the European rug)
VIENNA, MAK / Jun 26, 2012
GREENSBORO, Gatewood Gallery at University of North Carolina Greensboro / April 20 - May, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Sundown Residence / Spring 2012

DOMESTIC INTEGRITIES are the officially selected and presented items that local residents have arranged / assembled / baked / built / canned / concocted / composed / cooked / created / dried / made / pickled / preserved / spun / stewed / woven / etc. from material harvested, foraged, gathered, scavenged, or found in their environment. These may be as simple as a carefully composed bowl of just picked ripe fruit, an arrangement of fresh flowers and herbs, an infused tea, or even a pile of rocks - or as complex as a pickled vegetable combination, a preserved fruit, a home fire baked bread, a personal table setting style, a hand-dyed woven textile, a paper made from gathered plant pulp, an invented medicinal remedy foraged from the street, or a strange artisanal soap concocted in the bathroom.

DOMESTIC INTEGRITY FIELDS are crocheted rugs of local textiles upon which the project is presented, functioning as a charged sites for testing, performing, and presenting how we want to live. These spirally stitched circular rugs gradually expand as they travel from city to city. Local resident collaborators responding to an open call make periodic visits bringing their Domestic Integrities to ceremoniously place them on low pedestals on the crocheted rug. Some may remain on display for weeks while others may change daily, but there is always something fresh to drink and eat. Visitors to the rug are invited to take off their shoes and make themselves at home, to sit down and inspect, touch, taste, and smell that day’s various Domestic Integrities, which provide a 'live broadcast' of what is happening outside and in people's homes at that moment, in that place, in that season.

DOMESTIC INTEGRITY GARDENS are circular cultivated beds planted directly outside of the interior rug installation for some editions of the project. Native plants used for foraging food, dying textiles, attracting pollinators, medicinal remedies, herbal seasoning, basket weaving, fiber spinning, or even decorative flowers are publicly tended to feed the Domestic Integrity rug with immediately available materials through the seasons.

THE DOMESTIC INTEGRITY ARCHIVE grows as it travels with the project from city to city recording, presenting, and preserving through various media. Each Domestic Integrity is tagged with hand-written details such as title, author, story, description, ingredients, and possibly instructions, also entered into the project log at the center of the archive, among other artifacts, photographs, video clips, audio stories, reference materials, and preservable Domestic Integrities themselves as an ever expanding global survey of the domestic culture of human resourcefulness to be published as book in 2014.

DOMESTIC 1a: living near or about human habitations  1b: tame, domesticated 2: of, relating to, or originating within a country and especially one's own country 3: of or relating to the household or the family 4: devoted to home duties and pleasures definition of

INTEGRITY is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions. The word "integrity" stems from the Latin adjective integer (whole, complete). As such, one may judge that others "have integrity" to the extent that they act according to the values, beliefs and principles they claim to hold.