"Untitled Emergency Survival Tactics"

2009 - present

The Emergency Survival Tactics are on ongoing sereis of site specific gestures and temporary installations in which Glebes's uses a self-designed and built water filter to engage the public with questions of the urban/suburban environment, the creative process as dilletantism, chronic survival scenarios, and boundaries. Glebes collaborated extensively with other disciplines to ensure her "science" was correct before these works were executed, and her research has become a critical component of the performative aspects of this endeavour.

Untitled Emergency Survival Tactic #8 (expertise vs. dilettantism in potability, trust, and personal purity


materials: harbour water, self-designed and built filter (clear pvc pipe, rocks, gravel, sand, plant, soil, cotton, activated carbon, water bottle), chain, ladder, champagne flutes, cook pot, propane stove, non-rigid pvc tubing, scintillation vials, bleach, syringes, paper, bucket, hand pump, audience participation

project description: In this work, presented at the 2010 Transmodern Festival’s Pedestrian Services Exquisite, Glebes filtered Baltimore’s inner harbour water with a self-designed and constructed water filter, treated it for microbial and viral contamination using only water or bleach, then invited viewers to drink the water from champagne flutes or take away purified water in vials as a true souvenir of the city. A tally was kept of those who drank, and from which treatment process.

---thank you to jill fannon and fred scharmen for their photographs

Untitled Emergency Survival Tactic #10 (Ramen Made From the Pond Water for the College Survivalist)


project description: In “Ramen from Pond Water,” A battery was charged by riding stationary bicycles in the gallery. The battery was then transported to the outdoors where Glebes filtered then, using an electric kettle powered by the battery, boiled water collected from the stormwater retention pond at the heart of a college campus during lunch hour, then used the boiled water to make ramen noodles, which were fed to students under full disclosure of the process. This work was executed in collaboration with Jaimes Mayhew for inclusion in the CADVC’s IMDA MFA Exhibition.

---thank you to Jaimes Mayhew for his photographs

Untitled Emergency Survival Tactic #6 (Solar Still)


materials: plastic tarp, vacant lot, bucket, non-rigid pvc tubing, rubble

project description: In (Solar Still), Glebes assembled a solar still based on wilderness-survival techniques in a derelict yard as part of the Fall 2009 Axis Alley exhibition. Potable water condensed on the plastic tarp covering the large hole dug in the ground, then drained into a bucket at the center of the hole, and was pumped out via the tubing.

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