Close up of leather chair with peddles attached to the recliner
leather chair with electric generator attached to it situated in a living room

gLiving was a leather recliner with an electric bike generator welded to the frame. Participants would sit in the chair and pedal, lighting up an infinity mirror embedded in an old television set. Created in 2012 by the group gBikes, the project exemplified opposites: active consumption, or self-sustaining energy use.

gLiving invites viewers to re-imagine energy as a relationship that both gives and receives. The human body can output around 250 watts for short bursts of time which is slightly over the power required for 120 watt incandescent bulbs. By visualizing the energy required to power an LED strip, the participant can begin to build a tangible relationship with energy consumption.

The project was commissioned as an entrance piece at a UBC art gallery. It also appeared at a number of local events including eatART Powers the VAG and Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.

As of 2015 gLiving was officially retired. It lives out the remainder of its days as a coffee grinder.

A large metal syringe sticking out of a truck
A large steel syringe sticking out of a truck

Quick Fix is a giant, 150kg steel syringe constructed from three oil drums and displayed “injecting” fuel into an SUV. The project serves as a metaphor for Canadian’s relationship with oil. Created in 2013, Quick Fix was lead by Engineer and artist Hugh Patterson with his team Jon Faille, Jon Tippett, Bryant Deroy, Michael Rogers, and Dallyn Rule. Media Support from Zack Embree, Michael JP Hall, and Ben Cooper. Featured picture by Bryant Deroy.

Read an article about Quick Fix here.

Spread of magazines titled "eatART magazine - energy aware art"
On the left is a close up of "eatART magazine". On the right, a man sits in the desert looking at a bowl.

eatART Magazine (2012-2013) showcases the unique applications of renewable energy in art form in order to inspire imaginations about the potential of renewable energy. Features from artists such as Theo Jansen (Wind-powered independent walking sculptures) Markus Kayser (Solar-powered 3d printer that turns sand into
objects), Caleb Charland (Chemical powered LED photography) and eatART’s Titanaboa Project led by Charlie Brinson.

1 Issue: 2000 copies printed + digital version

Lead: Peter Holmes
Tim Lukian – Art Director
Michael JP Hall
Carolyn Hall
Darcy Smith
Leigh Christie
Ben Z Cooper

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“In one who is astonished, interest is born. Interest in its primordial form.” – Bertold Brecht

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Large gramophone on traintracks in the desert
A large gramophone attached to railroad tracks

The Gramorail (2010 – 2012) was a collaborative project which was germinated during a Vancouver Design Nerd Jam in 2010. The idea was to make a human pedal-powered
railway machine, designed to travel on rail gauge, similar to the old seesaw push carts from days of yore. eatART graciously sponsored the project, and it was built in the lab in 2011. Incorporating elements of steampunk with recycled bike components, the Gramorail consisted of two cars: a locomotive powered by people pedaling, and a passenger car which featured a huge 9-foot gramophone sprouting from its base. It could carry upwards of 10 people, and made many a passenger happy.

Gramorail was entirely human-powered. It was constructed with recycled bike parts and raw materials. Gramorail was featured in a number of local Vancouver public art events in 2011, and in 2012 it made the pilgrimage to Burning Man.

Tom Wynn
Tim Lukian
Mark Eijsermans
Natalie Ethier
Polly Tan

As of 2012 Gramorail has been officially retired.

two shipping containers stacked on top of each other in the day time
A large shipping container, covered in graffiti with a TV screen at one end

ContainR (2010)

Located at the heart of Calgary, near the Sunnyside CTrain station, containR is designed, developed and curated by Springboard Performance. It’s a pop-up arts and culture hub for people of all identities and ages championing local artistic and creative ideas. containR features an Art Park, performance series, community instigations and mural installations made of retrofit shipping containers. It is a vibrant meeting place, providing access to art and encouraging grass roots community engagement.

ContainR was awarded the Placemaking Award at the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions, and has been featured at the IETM Conference (Italy), CINARS (Montreal), Calgary Arts Congress, and York University’s Arts, Placemaking, and Policy Conference (Toronto). containR was recently awarded a CCVO Innovation Award from the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, for “disruptive, adaptive, and innovative programming”. The project was sponsored by eatART.

More info about ContainR here.

Evann Siebens
Nicole Mion
Keith Doyle
Robert Duke
Iain Sinclair
visual artists: Zak David (aka Virus) and The Dark

sculpture of a double helix with a person dancing on top
Silhouette of a double helix and the sculpture of a person at the top.

3E-ROI was a multimedia installation created by artist and engineer Charlie Brinson in 2009. The acronym stands for or Extrasomatic Evolution & Energy Return on Invested. The project symbolizes humanity’s advancements toward efficiently extract energy from our surroundings. Standing 25 feet high and 50 feet long, this project charted humanities evolution from sticks & stones to alloys & polymers using dynamic light, sound, and video elements. It was exhibited at the Burning Man festival in 2010 and decommissioned the following year.