Critical Environments - Visual Cultures Public Programme Spring 2015 - is a series of lectures and events, which engages with the apprehension that we are living in end times through a wide variety of thematic and disciplinary perspectives.
Critical Environments Visual Cultures Public Programme Spring 2015
The logic – or perversion – of the notion of origin has been linked to different imaginaries and economic regimes of nation-states; to such an extent, that it is no longer clear who constructs whom, if it ever was. In this lecture- performance, geocultural understandings of origin will be tasted through food as method to understand whether a territory is defined by its original produce; or whether origin itself might have eventually superseded the geography that was supposed to define it. The analysis of quality and standards in relationship to a created original serves as a basis to explore how food empires construct perceptions of space and time as other forms of power.
Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) is a duo of spatial practitioners that emerged out of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths. It was born to explore the systems that organize the WORLD through FOOD. Using installation, performance, mapping and video, their research-based practice explores the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture and geopolitics. Their work has been exhibited at the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin; Storefront for Art & Architecture New York dOCUMENTA(13); Peggy Guggenheim Collection; CA2M; TEDx Talks, Madrid; Fiorucci Art Trust; ACC, Weimar; 2014 Biennale INTERIEUR, Kortrijk; OFFICEUS, the exhibition for the U.S. Pavilion, 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale; and have been residents in The Politics of Food at Delfina Foundation, London. They have recently been awarded a Jumex Fundación de Arte Contemporáneo grant to research Islands of Food and Desire in the Caribbean.
‘Critical environments’ names several senses. If the (Greek) krinein is to sift and kritikos is the ability to discern, then we are faced with the work of interpretation. Yet if we turn to the Latin criticare, then those environments are diagnosed as gravely ill. We know that what we call the ‘environment’ is indeed in a state of crisis – acidification renders the oceans increasingly inhospitable to life; deforestation threatens both local ecologies and global climate maintenance; the appetite for meat eats up land as well as nonhuman life. Many of us choose not to know this, or perhaps maintain the fetishistic logic of knowing that comes with simultaneous disavowal. Corporate interests ranging across agriculture, pharmaceuticals, fossil fuels, and the super-saturation of all forms of media hamper the work of interpretation and the possibility of agency and intervention.
Organised in collaboration with the Centre for Research Architecture
The event is free, no booking is required and all are welcome.
Series chairs: Lynn Turner & Wood Roberdeau
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|26 Mar 2015||5:00pm - 7:00pm|
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