COOP ~ Banquet X: Climate Change and Speculative Gastronomy from Month to Month
Seminar 3: 13-16 January 2019
In this third week of our Banquet X coop we will be working into fields of fermentation, earth work and the literal aesthetics of extreme representational precision.
Bassam El Baroni will attempt to articulate a way of looking at the complex relationships between industrial food production, site, infrastructure through the concept of simulation. Taking some works by the artist John Gerrard as an example and entry point, the idea is to unfold how “there is no continuity of simulation.[…] There is instead a simulation of continuity insofar as meaning is embedded in material operations that thought continuously has to abstract, anticipate, deduce, hypothesize.” (Luciana Parisi, Simulations) The session dedicated to Gerrard’s work will use Robin Mackay’s text "Speculative Liter[e]alism" and its reading of historical precedents (American Precisionism led by Charles Sheeler) to Gerrard’s hyperrealist simulations and how they captured the economical and political infrastructural spirit of their times. How can works such as Gerrard’s Grow Finish Unit (near Elkhart, Kansas), 2008 help us better articulate the simulative processes that are shaping new production, consumption, and culinary patterns?
In continuation to previous Banquet X meetings, we will collectively organize another kitchen session to work with fermentation and DNA extraction and contemplate models for carrying out a long term earthwork project on site in Sardinia. We will also continue to expand our collaborative investigation of banquet-related practices by starting the week with a sharing session of brought materials: we will each share (a) prepared item(s) for a common banquet, later a film will be screened (TBA) and we will read and discuss the following text:
Keller Easterling, Medium Design (2018)
And further reading material that will be drawn on during our teaching sessions is:
Eugene Thacker, “Spiritual Meat: Resurrection and Religious Horror in Bataille,” Collapse VII (2011).
Seminar 2: 9-12 December 2018
In this second week of our Banquet X coop we will be working through the scales and generative unfoldings of single celled organisms and spices.
We will be visited by artist Jenna Sutela who works with words, sounds, and other living materials. Her installations and performances seek to identify and react to precarious social and material moments. Our conversations might span from cognitive and spatial dispositions of organisms such as the many headed slime mold Physarum Polycephalum, to hygienic practices involved in preparing space colonization in accordance with the astrobiological ethics of planetary protection. We will also continue to expand our collaborative investigation of banquet-related practice. Dai student Risa Horn is offering a session on spices and spice mixing based in Ayurveda. We will speculate (and perhaps experiment) with its influence on the gastronomy of the DAI. To start the days together we will each share (a) prepared item(s) for a common banquet, later a film will be screened and we will read and discuss the following two texts:
Elvia Wilk with Jenna Sutela (2017) Slime Intelligence
Benjamin Bratton (2015) The Orchid Mantis of Sanzhi
Seminar 1: 12-15 November 2018
In this first week of our Banquet: X coop we will open up a broad focus on temporality and climate change. Diakron will present our ongoing project Primer as well as our upcoming exhibition on imaginaries related to climate change. From there we will dig a bit more into the recent genealogy of international climate change response, theory of contemporary objects and speculatively discuss the field of geo-engineering. In a workshop format we will work together on establishing foundational layers of interests across climate change, organizational change and culinary research, that will guide our collective research process. We will also set up our collaborative research platform(s) for working throughout the year.
Each member of the coop will present a short version of their interests and practice, as well as the particular areas of interests or practical traction they bring to Banquet X.
We will read and discuss two texts, that have been helpful in our conceptualization and formulation of the Banquet: X coop:
Anne-Francoise Schmid (2012) On Contemporary Objects
Augustin Fragniére & Stephen M. Gardiner (2016) Why Geoengineering is not “Plan B”