Faculty/Instructor Session
2:20: Carrie Ida Edinger, "On the Line and Community Engagement"


On the Line was part of the University of California, Riverside and the Community of Riverside public programming that included art, performance, and research that explored ecology and the relation of clotheslines with the environment. The project had a unique format for cross disciplinary collaboration that enabled artist and anthropologists to present and generate new work through public engagement at local libraries in Riverside, California. My public raffle concept was intentionally used to promote engagement with the 2015 California statewide legislation of the “Right to Dry” that makes it legal to dry laundry outside. In creating the public raffle concept, I viewed the libraries as an environment of public accessibility within a community structure, while offering a way for UC, Riverside anthropology students to engage in conversations about California ecology and to collect laundry stories. The On the Line and Community Engagement lecture is from an artist’s perspective of how the programming and a curricular integration with socially engaged art played a role in the community building between academic disciplines, the academic and local Riverside community, along with concepts relating to a statewide community and the environment.


Carrie Ida’s projects with interdisciplinary practice investigate cross-discipline approaches and new media. A few of the disciplines she has borrowed from are material culture, curatorial methods, and the social sciences. Carrie Ida draws from several digital sources such as video, web presentation and social media sites. She has published and given research-related presentations with art and anthropological professional organizations. She was a 2015 opinion columnist for Anthropology News with her column entitled Crossing Disciplines: Art and Anthropology. The New Media Caucus (NMC) publishing platforms Media-N Journal and the HUB blog are other sources for her contemporary art writings.

As a participatory element, her public raffle concept was included in the Spring 2016 On the Line program. On the Line is part of the University of California, Riverside and the Community of Riverside programming that includes art, performance, and research to explore ecology and clotheslines. Her Collection Project was included in OUT OF CONTEXT an online exhibition curated by Heit & Haikes with a limited engagement for Philly Tech Week 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Most recently, 10 Yrs. Later, her sound art piece was included in Digital America's online exhibition that is part of Sound Arts Richmond in Richmond, Virginia.