Eat Meat Meteorite


Participatory public performance with Carrie Dashow and the Society for a Subliminal State.

Included in "The Peekskill Project" hosted by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, NY, September 2006.

Held outdoors in public spaces around Peekskill, Eat Meat Meteorite invited passers by to experience a never-before-seen meteorite collision by hijacking small meatless meatballs (compliments of Trader Joe's) and carrying them along their path from the inner solar system to the Knapp family's driveway.

On Sunday, October 9th, 1992, a meteorite went through the rear tail light of a red Chevy Malibu owned by a local high school student in Peekskill, New York. The only witness was a blind woman who lived next door. Peekskill police at first declared the culprit "must have been a very strong man." Moments before the collision, across the mid-Atlantic states, high-school football fans were videotaping games. At last twelve of of these amateur videographers tilted their cameras up to the sky capturing the meteor as it streaked through the sky. Upon hitting the Earth's atmosphere the asteroid broke apart, but one chunk lodged in the Knapp family's driveway.

The Peekskill meteorite became the first recovered meteorite to have its trajectory plotted thanks to the video footage. A fragment of the meteorite is displayed at New York City's Museum of Natural History, and the car it struck has toured internationally. Every aspect of the meteorite's journey had been documented and displayed, except for the collision itself … until now.

Kids trace the path of the Peekskill meteorite