Collaborative Creative Resistance is a participatory performance and demonstration led by B Stephen Carpenter II, professor of art education at Penn State, with assistance from members of reservoir studio. The performance is a form of public pedagogy in response to the global water crisis. Carpenter has conducted similar performances at universities in California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Using clay, sawdust, colloidal silver, and a hydraulic ram press, the performance demonstrates the production of ceramic water filters made of clay and sawdust.
The photograph was taken during Collaborative Creative Resistance (2102), a workday-long public performance. In addition, a temporary exhibition of ceramic water receptacles created by Penn State School of Visual Art students accompanied the performance. Visitors learned about the global water crisis and the production of affordable approaches to render bacteria-contaminated water potable.
The performance was supported by an Individual Faculty Grant from the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Penn State, reservoir studio, Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Program, the School of Visual Arts, and the College of Arts and Architecture. As is the case with all Collaborative Creative Resistance performances, this event was free and open to the public.