"Mercenaria mercenaria" exists because of
a series of ongoing gifts that have been set into motion by various
individuals and organizations. My thanks go out first and foremost
to all the clambake participants for having fun while in fact being
treated like guinea pigs in an experiment. The project relied heavily
on donated labor, donated food and donated space. Deidre
Hoguet, Christopher Quirk, Amy
Madden, Emily Walsh, Dyami Bryant,
Hope Ginsburg and Jaime Snyder,
among others, all worked diligently by my side and the project would
have been a catastrophe without their help. I am indebted to them
all. Deidre Hoguet and Emily Walsh
also took most of the great photos that you see on this webpage.
Elizabeth Zans was kind enough to let me borrow
her car, an act of generosity that saved me a lot of hassle. Thanks
also to Satre Stuelke.
Many thanks go
to curator Sara Reisman and the Socrates staff,
including director Alyson Baker and Lisa
Gold, for their hard work and support. Allowing me to make
use of such a beautiful waterside park added an important measure
of context to my project. Artist Jean Shin's lovely
sculpture Penumbra was a joy to have floating above the
whole performance and Austin Thomas's El Camino
mobile platform Perchance: A Floating Scenic Overlook helped
make the clambake a real party.
at Captree Clams gave me a great deal on the clams themselves
and it was a pleasure meeting him. Fresh Direct
made a much welcome contribution of vegetables and bottled water.
Thanks to them all.