CLIMAVORE: What Is Above Is What Is Below

Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe)

CLIMAVORE is a long-term project initiated by Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe) in 2015. It sets out to envision seasons of food production and consumption that react to climatic events. Different from the now obsolete cycle of spring, summer, autumn, and winter, CLIMAVORE rethinks the construction of space and infrastructure by focusing on how climatic alterations offer a new set of clues to adapt our diet to them. This lecture will explore different iterations of the ongoing project situating them within a larger body of work on the remains of Empire and postcolonial structures that have dictated the architecture of landscapes of food production and consumption. Looking at recent work, the different projects will look at the relationships between human and more-than-human species, as well as the political construction of water scarcity through the possibility of thinking of alternative aqua-cultures.

Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe) is a London-based duo of spatial practitioners. They explore systems that organise the world through food and use ingredients as a performative point of departure to critically explore postcolonial contexts, speculative imaginaries, and complex ecological networks. Their work investigates the making of the built environment and the impact that man-induced environmental transformations inflict upon human and more-than-human species. Using site-specific installations, performance, mapping, and video, their research-based practice tests the overlapping boundaries between the visual arts, architecture, and geopolitics. Their work has been exhibited and circulated internationally. In 2016 they opened The Empire Remains Shop in London and the book about the project was recently published by Columbia University Press. They currently teach at the School of Architecture, RCA, London.

Image: What Is Above Is What Is Below, Cooking Sections. Manifesta12, Palermo, 2018.


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