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This project is from the Summer of 2010 and is now archived. Visit the IMA Island page for the next related project.


Q: Is it hot out there?
A: Yes. However, it is not as bad as you may think. The lake water gives off cool air into the island, which is well-insulated. The white color of the island reflects the sun away from the island instead of absorbing the heat, and the door and window provide nice air flow. You would be surprised how comfortable the island really is.

Q: How do you go to the bathroom out there?
A: We have 24 hour access to the Visitor’s Pavillion where there are restrooms, but we also have an emergency sawdust bucket for late-night bathroom needs.

Q: Is it scary when it storms?
A: Actually, it is quite amazing.

Q: Are you two dating?
A: No. We were classmates and we had a similar direction we wanted to go conceptually with the project so we collaborated.

Q: How long will you stay on the island?
A: We will be on the island for six full weeks, so we end at the beginning of August. At least one of us will be on the island or on IMA grounds at all times.

Q: Did you design the island?
A: We did not design the island itself. The island was designed by Andrea Zittel and the Barnacle Brothers helped build it. Check out Zittel for her concept of freedom/autonomy and how this influences her environments and furniture.

Besides the island and the sink area it came with, we designed and built the rest of the furniture, gardens, bike generator, message pods, etc. for our project, Give and Take.

Q: What is the island made of?
A: fiberglass and foam

Q: Do you swim?
A: Swimming is not permitted in the lake for multiple reasons, but we can swim well.

Q: How did you get the idea for Give and Take?
A: Andrea Zittel gave us the island for us to take and use for our own living needs and artistic concept. In return, we want to give back to the public and have them give and take with us as well as leave their own mark on the project. From this general concept, we developed our ideas for trade, messages, and the blog.

Q: How do you cook?
A: We use a solar oven, small grill, and a cooler for food preparation.

About the Authors

Michael Runge is the founder of Know No Stranger (KNS), a community building artist collective set on engaging the citizens and bringing creative projects to their city. He has curated and coordinated many of their projects... More

Jessica Dunn attends the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, IN and will graduate with a BFA in Sculpture and Painting in May 2011. She finds inspiration from many sciences including... More