Fall Speaker Series Starts Tuesday

Dearest Poopers, Thank you to all those who came out to Club Make and Do's show this past Thursday. It was a smash! And I got a chance to show off my new hat.

But that's old news now. And I know you crave more. More!  MORE!!!

So get your calendars out, because here's what's coming up:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20: panel conversation about urban farming at the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek
  • Saturday, Sept. 24: performance lecture on the history if shit at the Vent Festival
  • Saturday, Oct. 1: tabling at the NEW New York D-I-Y Block Party
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4: The Clap is featured as part of Adult Education
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19: the premiere of Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World at Dixon Place
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25: panel conversation about technology for green communities at the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1: panel conversation about composting at (you guessed it!) the Visitor Center

But it's a Saturday, so for now here's details on just the first two.

The POOP Project is proud to once again play moderator for a series of panel events at the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek, the city's largest wastewater treatment plant. Join us this Tuesday, September 20th from 6:30-8:30pm for presentations and conversations all about urban farming!

Featuring guest speakers:

Annie Novak, who feeds Greenpoint from the Eagle Street Rooftop Farms and teaches urbanites where their food comes from.

Dr. Dickson Despommier whose vision, The Vertical Farms, would enable cities to feed themselves from skyscrapers.

Inger Staggs Yancey from Brooklyn Greenroof, using thirsty plants to transform city roofs into ecological mega-machines.

For more information about and directions to the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, CLICK HERE or on the poster above.

Now if you've got something to say (and who doesn't?), consider joining me next Saturday for the Vent Festival at Gowanus Studio Space!

The POOP Project is pleased to join the Vent Festival from 6-9pm to fume about The Agony and the Excrement, a humorous performance lecture about the history of sanitation and the social factors that lead to "shameful shitting." If you missed this lecture at Adult Education earlier this year, now's your chance! The line-up will also include Damali AbramsDanielle AbramsAisha Cousins, D'LuxeJason Gaspar and the Rant Van.

PLUS come early (from 3-6pm) to make your own cider with Atom Cianfarani, encounter Nurit Bar-Shai's growing organisms, witness Coral Short's 1000 Sighs and more!

THEN come back the next day for a 1pm performance workshop with veteran performance artist Rob Andrews and a 4pm artist's conversation  featuring Danielle Abrams, Rob Andrews, Coral Short, Aisha Cousins and D'Luxe. Moderated by Maya Suess, the beautiful, brainy and benevolent curator of the whole darned thing.

As a bonus, I'd like to leave you with a video from another project I'm involved in that generates applause for the public good. We call it The Clap because the joy's contagious. You can learn more on the Facebook page.

Wishing you a great weekend and, as always, peaceful pooping.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner

 

Shit and Share

Dearest Poopers,

I admit it: I love poop. There's so much to love! Behind the closed stall door lie fascinating conversations about design, architecture, history, privacy, theories on the body, on dirt and socialization. Intellectually speaking, it's the gift that keeps on giving.

That said, I'm not very interested in sharing my shit in person, in pictures or in smell-o-vision. I understand that not everyone feels this way, which has given rise to websites like (WARNING: Not for Work!) Rate My Doodie and ShareMyShit. The latter is a social network (and Twitter feed) for people who want to...well, you know. Its creator, Jeff, and I emailed a few months ago, and it turns out there's more to it than what meets the big, brown eye:

I am artistically fascinated by the concept of taboo. The unspoken social contracts around certain subjects highlight the dark aspects, the shadow of human identity that most would rather not think about. Individually and culturally, we try to repress our shadow selves, only to find darkness slipping through the cracks in unexpected, unintended or destructive ways. A healthy mind is one that embraces all aspects of our humanity, even the less-convenient ones, and this involves thinking about things that make us uncomfortable.

Professionally, I am fascinated by social media and how it is changing the nature of some of those unspoken social contracts. So ShareMyShit is just a convenient marriage of some of my interests.

We've already opened up our personal lives, thoughts and pictures to the internet--perhaps this is the next step?

What I do share on a regular basis is art. Once a week, in fact, I meet with six other artists as part of Club Make and Do, or c(mad). C(mad) is a dynamic collective of artists working in different mediums who commune weekly to share, dialogue and support each other's practice. And we're having a sharing tomorrow night with beautiful images, performance art, music, wine and more!

Thursday, September 15, 7:30-10:00 The Soho Gallery for Digital Art (138 Sullivan Street between Houston and Prince) $5-10 sliding scale, refreshments will be served.

I'll be showing a short preview of Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World, an interactive cooking show (no poop, I promise!) where we'll journey from kitchen to commode for an uncensored look at the imbalanced bowels of an American society consuming itself. (The full show performs one night only, Oct. 19 at Dixon Place!)

ALSO FEATURING!

Danielle Abrams – has two cats, sells fish, and performs her New York City lineage of European Jews and African Americans. www.danielleabrams.com Zhenesse Heinemann - creates Living Dioramas and character driven video art. She has shown in varied spaces such as John Connelly Presents, English Kills Gallery, Grace Exhibition Space, Scope Art Fair NYC, and at Banzai in the Red Room. www.zhenesse.com Glenn Marla – is a theatre performance artist and fat tranny superstar.  www.facebook.com/glennmarla Robert Pearre – is a video artist living in Brooklyn. www.robertpearre.com Franny Silverman – may be the nicest person you’ll ever know, or the craziest. She’s a Gemini, an actor/theatremaker/activist with a thing for make believe, narwhals and baked goods. www.frannysilverman.com

Looking forward to seeing you there and, as always, peaceful pooping.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner

A Poo-pular Time

Dearest Poopers, The next few weeks bring you a few chances to get a load of The POOP Project.

THE POOP

1. Sat, Sept. 10 from 1-6pm: Come play "Toss the Turd" at the 9th Annual West Side County Fair!

2. Thurs, Sept. 15 from 7:30-10pm: The POOP Project is in a group show with Club Make and Do!

3. Help send us to The NEW New York Block Party, Sat, Oct. 1st!

4. SAVE THE DATE! Wed, Oct. 19 at 7:30 pm for the premiere of my new one-man show, Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World at Dixon Place!

THE SCOOP

1.

Enjoy a little country in Manhattan with live performances, carnival rides, a petting zoo and more at Summer on the Hudson’s 9th Annual West Side County Fair, a park-wide event on Saturday, September 10, from 1-6pm. Stop by The POOP Project's table to try your hand at Toss the Turd. If you can get three faux-ces into the composting toilet, you can win our prize: A PRUNE! Click the link above for more info and full band lineup.

Riverside Park South is located on the Hudson River between 59th and 72nd Streets with entrances at 59th, 68th, 72nd Streets

2.

 

An evening of video art, music, performance and wine brought to you by Club Make and Do* members Danielle Abrams, Jane Cramer, Zhenesse Heinemann, Glenn Marla, Robert Pearre, Shawn Shafner and Franny Silverman.

Thurs, Sept. 15, 7:30-10:00. The Soho Gallery for Digital Art, 138 Sullivan Street in NYC. $5-10 sliding scale, refreshments will be served. See it on Facebook.

*c(mad) is a dynamic collective of artists working in different mediums who commune weekly to share, dialogue and support each other's practice.

 

3.

 

As of this moment, GreenHomeNYC has already raised $910 to bring five amazing, eco-conscious organizations including The POOP Project to The NEW New York block party, Oct. 1. That means we only need to raise $192 more! And I bet you've got a few nickels clinking around somewhere... Donate to the ioby campaign today, enjoy a lifetime of good karma. It's just that easy!

 

 

4.

SAVE THE DATE! Wed, Oct. 19 at 7:30 pm for the premiere of my new one-man show, Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World at Dixon Place! We will be talking about poop, baking cupcakes, and washing away the dirty stains of shame. Stay tuned for more details soon!

Looking forward to seeing you soon, and wishing you peaceful pooping until then.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner