Britta Riley

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2009FHonorary Resident
SHonorary Resident

Britta Riley’s work plays with current structures for innovation in our culture and celebrates the wisdom of ordinary people. By means of a process she calls R&D-I-Y (research and develop it yourself), she applies a pedestrian mentality to intractable global issues to surprising effect. The resultant artifacts conjure lifestyles of a future sustainable society that are startlingly within reach. She brings the proposals to the public for further innovation thereby inviting ordinary people to participate in solving big environmental problems immediately through mass collaboration. Her DrinkPeeDrinkPeeDrinkPee project, in collaboration with Rebecca Bray, helped people turn their pee into fertilizer for their houseplants through kits, events, and an installation. Her current project, Windowfarms.org, helps New Yorkers grow food in their apartments year-round by means of hydroponic window curtains. Her projects have been featured as part of MoMA’s Earth Day, the Venice Biennale 2008, Ars Electronica 2009 in Linz, on the Discovery Channel, Artnews, Art in America, We-Make-Money-Not-Art, Domus (Italy), and Grist.com. She is a graduate of Tisch’s Interactive Telecommunication Program at NYU and St. John’s College’s Great Books Program.