Curated by Christine Tohme, organized by Ashkal Alwan
SHARJAH BIENNIAL 13, TAMAWUJ / ACT II BEIRUT
EATING INTO FUTURE-PAST COSMOLOGIES
Gathering, preparing and eating food has been our most prominent everyday activity since the birth of humanity, and as such, has played a profound role in the historical shaping of every aspect of our being. Through a series of foraging walks in search of unique plants in Beirut, the SPURSE collective invites participants to experiment, cook and dine together. Every aspect of this act will be considered from the perspective of how we are fundamentally shaped by the methods of gathering and eating, as we attempt to develop new techniques of transforming our metabolic cosmologies.
October 12 and 13 | 11am (duration 2-3hrs)
About two million years ago, our pre-human ancestors joined the migrations of species that moved in and out of Africa via the Levantine corridor. We left Africa as an entangled system of habits, tools, conceptual schema and species – including bacteria and viruses, plants and animals. Join SPURSE on a walk through Beirut as we collect and taste edible plants and discuss the complex ways in which migratory species and diverse eating practices have shaped our path along the Levantine corridor.
Cooking Towards the Cosmological
Saturday Oct 14 | 10am (duration 3hrs)
The culinary is not simply a symbolic or metaphorical space to investigate, but a fundamental practice that influences how various ecosystems and cultures come into being. The goal in this experimental cooking exercise is to utilize several techniques and ingredients in order to investigate the emergence of different modes of being through the sensation of taste.
Tasting The Future
Culinary performance by SPURSE
Saturday Oct 14 | 2:30-4pm
Join SPURSE for a meal comprised of small courses, each offering a distinct experimental encounter with our entangled multi-species and cosmological histories. The meal will attempt to reconcile the culinary eco-history of the region with its present transformations and ecological demands, as we imagine a new system of pleasures and politics of food, beyond species.
Image credit: Eat Your Sidewalk Cookbook, 2015. Photo by Iain Kerr. Courtesy of the artists.