Pie Social retools an historic and worthy 19th century rural American social tradition – offering home-baked pastries to bring people together – encouraging conversations and understandings in efforts to raise money to support the larger community. Made by the artist and a group of volunteers during a four-day public performance event, 30 pies were baked and displayed in public at Katie’s Café in Limerick, Ireland as an official venue of the 10th UNFRINGED Festival in 2007.
Employing the services of trained auctioneers, home-baked delicacies – apple, pecan, lemon meringue, banana crème, and pumpkin pies – were publicly auctioned to the highest bidders. Around 1000 Euros were raised and donated to charities supporting aid organizations in Ireland. Though the gesture was a modest one, Pie Socialhelped promote a sense of openness and goodwill. The basis for the project is in the belief that generosity is an individual action, often carried out on a very small scale. But such actions tend to promote other similar deeds, activating a chain of goodwill which has the potential to extend infinitely.