August 24, 2020

The Chaos Within Podcast: Ep. 23 – Wayfinding with Creative Blocks

by joeyphoenix

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“This is our collective community and public art allows us to share in that space a little bit more.” – Lauren Smedley, Creative Blocks.

Jacob DeGeal and Lauren Smedley of Creative Blocks are the new Artists in Residence for this year’s cohort on Artists’ Row. With more than 10 years of experience in their respective fields, Lauren in museums and Jacob in interactive design, the two have been plotting ways for Salem residents to engage with social distancing in a way that’s playful and inviting, rather than disconcerting.

They join Joey Phoenix on the podcast to talk about the importance of getting feedback from the community when designing popup infrastructure and functional public art and what it means exactly to be Wayfinding Artists.

Mentioned in this Podcast

Dérive Architecture
Guy Debord
Artist’s Row
UT Austin
Copenhagen Garbage Can Project – iNudge
Tactical Urbanism

About The Chaos Within

Hosted by Joey Phoenix, The Chaos Within is a podcast celebrating the weird, the wild, and the creative – featuring makers, doers, artists, and oddballs exploring the unknown and tapping into their creative energy.

The Chaos Within is produced by Creative Collective and is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

The Logo was designed by Anton Presents, the intro music is by Paul Senn ( using the Theta-U Creative Circuit System, and the outro music by Chris Wilson Sound using one of Joey’s maternal Grandmother’s haunted music boxes.


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