Walker Art Center Open Field Artist Residency

Workshop: June 18–29

Kitchen Lab Public Events @Walker Open Field
Thursday, June 21, 5–10 pm
Thursday, June 28, 5-10 pm

What’s The Walker Kitchen Lab? (the short answer)
The Walker Kitchen Lab is a design research project exploring the kitchen as a site for cultural expression and social action. It’s part of the 2012 Open Field programming at the Walker Art Center. From June 18th to June 29th, a collective of researchers, designers, artists, students, and educators will work together to investigate the design and use of kitchens, and create a series of prototype objects and events that support novel ways to make and share food.

A bit longer of an answer…
The kitchen has changed. Over the centuries, it has evolved from a fire pit and a flat stone into an elaborate place for storing, making, and eating food. But in recent years, notwithstanding the rise of “the foodie,” it has devolved, for many, to little more than a microwave and a sink. We eat out or on the run, and when we do use kitchens, prep work has been outsourced to backroom workers making convenience foods, as science and technology streamline food production from field to table.

But go to any gathering or party, and you’ll know exactly where guests and hosts will be hanging out.

During a two-week residency at the Walker Art Center, Carl and Betsy DiSalvo will work with a collective of local designers, artists, students, and educators to explore the pull of the kitchen as a social space: a place for sharing knowledge, culture, and community. The Atlanta-based duo—researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology—together with Susy Bielak, Emily Stover, Erin Garnaas-Holmes, Derek Schilling, Anna Bierbrauer, and Rebecca Krinke, will research the design and use of kitchens. Working collaboratively, they will consider “the kitchen” from an array of vantage points: contemporary art, landscape architecture, craft, engineering, food systems, public health, cultural studies, theater, history, and more. As part of a public design workshop offered in conjunction with the Open Field, the collective will design and build a new kind of kitchen—a mobile, modular food “lab” that can be set up anywhere and function as a public place where people congregate for experiences with food, and in the process spark new kinds of social interaction and civic engagement.

Kitchen Lab Public Events @Walker Open Field
Thursday, June 21, 5–10 pm
Thursday, June 28, 5-10 pm
More information on these events will be posted soon!

Kitchen Lab is organized in partnership with the College of Design/ Landscape Architecture and the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Major support for Open Field is generously provided by the Margaret and Angus Wurtele Family Foundation.

For more information contact:
carl [dot] disalvo [at] gmail [dot] com
betsy [dot] disalvo [at] gmail [dot] com


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