RE: Application for the ISLAND RESIDENCY by Piotr Chizinski and Ryder Richards (for the Summer of 2012)
We propose a 6 week social experiment with the Island Residency. Utilizing the official protocols identified by the FEMA disaster handbook, “Are You Prepared,” (sections 1.3 and 1.4) we will attempt to directly engage Zittel’s built space and the larger residency and community in a conversation that “examines the daily needs of contemporary human beings.” 
Forced restrictions brought about by environmental disasters produce a previously unconsidered relationship between individual and surroundings. We will attempt to replicate this relationship engaging 3 levels of living conditions: emergency shelter (a constructed, temporary floating workspace/studio), temporary shelter (the island), and temporary housing (the pavilion). Each level provides a different set of restrictions, exposure to the elements, alteration of personal routine, and availability of modern luxuries.
We have further discussed utilizing the existing message system by attaching waterproof containers for small objects while also implementing a “donation box” or alternate method of delivery for larger items such as food. Similar to existing disaster relief plans implemented on a national basis the “donation box” would create another layer of interaction and reliance between the isolated artists and the regional community.
We hope these contributions –a floating garden/emergency studio, modular furniture, public liaison center, and community oriented donation component— will be worthwhile to future residents. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Piotr Chizinski & Ryder Richards