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