How do arts, food, and sustainability come together? As a lead-up to 70 x 7 The Meal, act LX (40) by artists Lucy + Jorge Orta, this workshop with the artists and Foodscape Collective will delve deep into four branches of this growing planetary concern by examining food production, distribution, identity and culture, giving and sharing. What conditions enable and perpetuate the status quo, and what unobserved limits do we and our social systems place on the creativity of our society to adapt to emerging circumstances, needs, and social forms? Consisting of sharing sessions and intensive workshopping with people active in the local foodscape, this workshop sets up a collective platform to raise questions pertinent to food issues in both the local and global contexts.
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Lucy + Jorge Orta (United Kingdom, Argentina/France), also known as Studio Orta, is a collaborative practice focused on social and ecological issues, employing a diversity of media to activate long-term bodies of work, structured in series: Refuge Wearand Body Architecture are portable minimum habitats bridging architecture and dress; Nexus Architecture explores alternative modes of establishing the social link; Antarctica highlights the urgent need to consider the dignity of people effected by climate change; OrtaWater examines water scarcity and the problems arising from its pollution and corporate control; HortiRecycling and 70 x 7 The Meal examines the local and global food chains and the ritual of community dining. Their work has been included in numerous biennales worldwide. Lucy Orta is also Professor and Chair of Art and Environment at the University of the Arts London, United Kingdom.
Foodscape Collective (Singapore) is a community centred on growing food well, cooking well, eating well and living well. Some are growing food, some choose to cook and eat better meals, others bring food to where it is needed, tackle surplus food or food waste issues, or simply want to tell the stories of our foodscape better. The community at Foodscape Collective envisions to grow and foster compassionate and resilient networks integral to our local food ecosystem, and explore better approaches to food and sustainability. They believe that the future needs better agro-ecological systems; better use, selection, and dissemination of information; and a more inquisitive, adventurous spirit in everyone to ask better questions on our foodscape(s).
Image credit: Lucy + Jorge Orta, 70 x 7 The Meal, act XXIX La Venaria Reale, Torino, 2008. Photo by Thierry Bal. Courtesy the artists.