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{ since 2003 }
EATING IN PUBLIC (EIP) was founded in 2003 in Hawai'i by Gaye Chan and Nandita Sharma to nudge a little space outside of the State and capitalist systems. Following the path of pirates and nomads, hunters and gathers, diggers and levelers, they gather at people's homes, plant free food gardens on private and public land, set up free stores and other autonomous systems of exchange, generally without permission. We have initiated over 1,000 projects. On rare occasions we will take part in art exhibitions in the forms of distribution centers or how-to demonstrations. We have done this at venues such as Flux Factory (Bronx), Honolulu Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, and Southern Exposure (San Francisco). Our ideas are not original. We are simply continuing the work of the 17th century Diggers in remaking the commons. Join us if you want. Or better yet, take our ideas and run with them. As far, smart, and fast as you can.


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{ news+stuff }
- "Let Them Eat Weeds." Joleen Oshiro. StarAdvertiser. August 3, 2016
- Awarded ART MATTERS grant. 2015
- "Step by Step" Honolulu Museum of Art / Spalding House (July 29, 2015 - January 10, 2016)
- "The Value of Food." St John of Divien Cathedral. New York City. (Oct 6, 2015 - April 3, 2016)
- "No Money No Problem." Noe Tanigawa. Hawaii Public Radio. February 25, 2014
- "Diggers Dinner." Commons Gallery, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu
- Basket Making Workshop with Fishcake, October 22, 2014
- "Logistical Gymnastics." Sam Francis Gallery, Santa Monica, California. )October 23 to November 21, 2014)
- Basket Making Workshop with ShareFest Honolulu, September 20, 2014
- Basket Making Workshop with Honolulu Museum Art School, February 9, 2014
- Basket Making Workshop with Tadpole Studio, December 7, 2013
- Sweat, a five-day performance at Bob Pritte Civic Square organized by Burnaby Art Gallery (Burnaby, BC), July 2013
- Around the Table: Food, Creativity, and Community, a group exhibition at The San Jose Museum of Art (San Jose, California), October 2013 / April 2014
- Basket Making Workshop with Field House Ensemble (Vancouver, BC), June 21, 2013
- Sweat, a one-week performance at the Access Gallery/Project Space (Vancouver, BC), April/May 2013
- Arte Util Lab, an 'investigative space' at the Queens Museum of Art (New York) organized by Tania Bruguera, March-June 2013
- Bike Basket Making Workshop at KickStand (Vancouver, BC), March 2013
- Basket Making Workshop at Oppenheimer Park, Vancouver Park Board (Vancouver, BC), February 2013
- Bionic Garden, a group exhibition at Flux Factory (Queens, New York) curated by Jean Barberis and Elizabeth Larison, June 2012
- Hawaii Art Now!, a group exhibition at Honolulu Museum of Art, February/April 2012
- Refuse to Reuse, a group exhibition at the Pegge Hopper Gallery (Honolulu), February/March 2012
- A video produced by AlternaAPEC on the occasion of FORUM (to) FESTIVAL, November 6, 2011
- Anti-APEC action covered by KITV News, October 26, 2011
- Included in Feeding the Future, organized by Hawaii Independent, June 26, 2011
- On the Ground, a group exhibition at Southern Exposure (San Francisco) curated by Weston Teruya - from March/April 2011 (more)
- Panel Discussion at UH Manoa. Nov 8, 2010 with Ritsuko Taho and Toyomi Hoshina
- Presented at “Revolutions in Public Practice” a Creative Time Summit. New York City. (October 9-10, 2010) See the presentation
- On exhibit at the Hawai'i State Museum from Septembe 2010 to July 2011
- Featured Speakers. Basekamp. Philadelphia (August 24, 6-8pm EST)
- Public Service Announcement 1 (April 2010)
- Artists-in-Residence. College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, University of Cincinnati (April 2010)
- Shaka Zine Olelo Television (March 2010)
- Featured in VendorBar, Artists' Book Fair, New York (November 2009)
- Pecha Kucha Honolulu Vol 6.0 - September 18, 2009
- Workshop "Con/fusing Art and Life" Transart Institute, Berlin. Summer 2009
- Interview on KTUH Hawai'i 90.3 FM with DJ Nocturna - June 27, 2009 @ 7pm
- Presentor. Asian American Studies Conference (April 2009)

{ blogs+photos+maps }
Exhibition at Saint John of Divine (New York City)
Exhibition at Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House (Honolulu)
HI-5 Bin Blog
HI-5 Bin Map
Another Food Garden Blog
Exhibition at Hawai‘i State Museum (Honolulu)
Exhibition at Southern Exposure (San Francisco)
Free Store Album
HI-5 Bin Album
March 2005 temporary Free Store (Honolulu Chinatown)

{ videos }
2015 - NYU presentation
2014 - Diggers Dinner Trailer
2013 - TEDX Honolulu Salon
2012 - Creative Time Summit
2010 - HI-5 Bins PSI

{text about us}
- "Critic's Picks". Chloé Rossetti. Art Forum. February 2016.
- "Open-Source Identities." Valerie Soe. Amerasia Journal. Volume 40 Number 2, page 2 to 24. 2013
- "Dinner Has Roots in 17th Century Movement." Joleen Oshiro. Honolulu Star Advertiser (March 5, 2014)
- "You're Invited To A Dinner For Diggers." James Cave. The Offsetter (March 4, 2014)
- "Take, Leave, Whatevas." Sonny Ganaden. Flux Hawai‘i. October 2014
- "C&C goes DIY for HI-5", (April 21, 2013)
- "Three Inspiring Urban Sharing Concepts", (June 24, 2013)
- "Seed Sharing–Take Some, Leave Some or Both!", Forest Grove Community Garden (April 8, 2013)
- "Eating in Public: Reclaiming the Commons with an Anarchist Ethos", (February 20, 2013)
- "Uncommon Goods: Global Dimension of the Readymade." Jaimey Hamilton Faris. University of Chicago Press
- "Devouring Hawai'i: Food, Consumption, and Contemporary Art." Margo Machida. "Eating Asian America." New York University Press. 2013
- "Seed Sharing Is the New Anarchy", (February 4, 2013)
- "Build Your Own Pop-Up Seed Swapping Station", (February 20, 2013)
- "Give a HI-5 to Recycling", (January 2012)
- "APECalypse Now?", StarAdvertiser (November 20, 2011)
- "Notable Works and other Shenanigans", Flux Hawaii (Summer 2011)
- "Take, Leave... Whatevas" by Richard Morse, Honolulu Weekly (June 29, 2011)
- Featured in "Artists' Books in Hawai'i: Joining Hands," Anne Hammond. The Blue Notenook, Volume 5 No. 2, April 2011
- Honolulu Weekly (December 15, 2010)
- Blogged about by Bryce Dwyer of InCUBATE on “Lantern Daily" (October 10, 2010)
- Featured "Dig in!" by Martha Cheng, Honolulu Weekly (February 3, 2010)
- Stephen Wright. "Diggers All! Copyright is for losers." Collective Creativity exhibition catalogue. Kunsthalle Fridericianum. And at n.e.w.s. 2009
- "A bed for the guerrilla gardener; questioning public space and challenged land through sabotage of the establishment." Benjamin Brace. 2009
- Honolulu Advertiser (June 6 2009)
- Featured Tinfish Editor's Blog (June 2009)
- Featured intheconversation (May 2008)
- Honolulu Star Bulletin (November 5 2006)
- Honolulu Advertiser (June 15 2005)

{other text by us}
- Gaye Chan and Nandita Sharma. “Eating in Public” in Constituent Imagination: Research and Resistance in the Global Justice Movement, Stevphen Shukaitis and David Graeber (eds). AK Press. 2007
- Gaye Chan and Nandita Sharma. “The Diggers: The Unmaking of Public Space.” Chain. Issue 11. 2004

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