Story Residency with Meech Boakye

A story residency with Active Cultures’ Instagram

Meech Boakye, Sheep at Sour Milk School, 2023.

Commissioned by Active Cultures as part of its ongoing series The Garden, Boakye’s Research Poems lives online and will be complemented with the artist’s occasional takeover of AC’s Instagram Story Residency throughout the year. Following their residency in Spring 2023, Meech will be featured as a resident once more from February 5-9, 2024, culminating their long-term project, Research Poems.

Meech Boakye’s Research Poems is a digital garden and artist project that will grow and flourish through four seasons. Over the next year, Boakye will investigate four different plants, foraged and gardened, in DIY cheese-making experiments. Beginning with Stinging Nettle and an introduction to foraging, each plant-centered chapter is grounded in transdisciplinary research shaped by the artist’s real-time exploration of the metonymic relationship between the digital and the non-digital. As the project continues, they will tend to this garden with notes from the field; poems written collaboratively with AI; recipes; sonic outpourings; and more. Herein, Boakye explores how gardens can offer a framework for cultivating experimental knowledge systems, embedded in the fragmented and temporal. Together these shifting parts generate a kind of “commons,” an assemblage of the digital, the speculative, and the ecological, to be explored with each visit to the garden.

About the Artist

Meech Boakye
Meech Boakye (Hon. B.A. in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto) is an artist and writer currently based in Portland, Oregon. Their practice is rooted in relationships with floral, fungal, and microbial kin as armatures for learning how to be in community. Material research functions as a formal conduit...
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Active Cultures’ programs are made possible through the generous support of its Board of Directors; the Gatherers Annual Fund; the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture as part of Creative Recovery LA, an initiative funded by the American Rescue Plan; and by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture.

Active Cultures is a member of and supported by the Los Angeles Visual Arts (LAVA) Coalition.

Event Details

DATE: February 5, 2023



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