Tuesday: Technology for Green Communities

Dearest Poopers, First off, thanks so much to all those who made it out to Dixon Place for the work-in-progress premiere of Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World. Ironically, I was quite artistically constipated in the weeks leading up to the premiere, and then filled page after page with text in the days just before the show. It was a little messy in the end, but what do you expect from crappy art? Looking forward to future revisions and a finished piece in the new year.

I also enjoyed my first radio interview this past Monday with Danny Valdes of Radio Provacateur. If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen in HERE.

It was fun to be the one answering questions, but now I'm looking forward to heading back into the moderator's chair this Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6:30-8:30 for the penultimate panel in the Fall Speaker Series with the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek, "Technology for Green Communities."

Join me for presentations and a panel discussion with special guests:

Michael Heimbinder, creator of HabitatMap, an online mapping and social networking platform that connects citizens to their communities.

Shai Lauros, helping New York City's buildings go green with sustainable building methods and materials as Executive Director of GreenHomeNYC.

Gennaro Brooks-Church from Eco Brooklyn, a full service design and building firm creating Brownstones with zero waste, zero new materials, and zero energy to run.

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

Tuesday, October 25 6:30-8:30pm Visitor Center at Newtown Creek in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (Click here for directions.)

Looking forward to seeing you there, and peaceful pooping.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner

Eat $h*t

Dearest poopers, There's a lot to be excited about around The POOP Project right now.  An article I wrote about the swaddled American experience, "Huggies for Hanukkah," just came out in Alef: The NEXT Conversation. This Monday night from 10-11 EST, I'll be giving an interview to Danny Valdes on Radio Provacateur. And this Wednesday at 7:30pm, my new one man show, Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World will premiere as a work-in-progress in the lounge at Dixon Place.  It's FREE!

Imagine a world that utilizes our most natural bodily function instead of flushing doo into our drinking water. This renewable resource can fertilize fields, build homes and power cities, while we confront an international sanitation crisis that kills a child every 20 seconds. But to do this, we’re gonna have to own our $h*t.

Journey from kitchen to commode for an uncensored look at the imbalanced bowels of an American society consuming itself.

Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street 7:30-9:00pm FREE! Light refreshments will be served.

Created and Performed by Shawn Shafner Developed with the help of director Simon Hanukai, dramaturg David Carter and chef Amanda Melpolder.

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