Public Communal Jam Event

Public Communal Jam Event

Faith Durand
Aug 12, 2008

A week ago a couple hundred people showed up to a gallery in Echo Park, fruit in hand, excited to make some jam with the guys behind Fallen Fruit.

Every year Machine Project in Echo Park hosts their annual Jam Making Session, which they started up with This year there were way more people than they could have anticipated and we're sorry we missed it. Thankfully Mark Allen, head operative at the gallery, filled us in.

Here was the assignment:

"Bring along your home-grown or public fruit and any clean, empty glass jars you have. At the end everyone will leave with a jar of communal jam. The kinds of jam we make will improvise on the fruit that people provide. The fruit can be fresh or frozen. Fallen Fruit will bring public fruit. We are looking for radical and experimental jams as well, like basil guava or lemon pepper jelly. We'll discuss the basics of jam and jelly making, pectin and bindings, as well as the communal power of shared fruit and the liberation of public fruit."

And did they ever make jam. Something like 400 jars of jam were made and a couple hundred people showed up altogether filling the sidewalk and the gallery.

Machine often hosts fun events that blur the line between art, food, electronics, flowers, and fun. Keep up with them on their website.

Did anyone make it? Were you there? What kind of jam did you take home?

-- LA Event Report from Laure of AT:LA. Thank you Laure!

Related: On Small and Unmarked Jars of Jam

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