The Empire Remains is a long-term project by Cooking Sections that started in 2013. It explores the infrastructure and cultural imaginaries that were set up by the British Empire to promote the food and agricultural industry between home and overseas territories through powerful visual arts, film and graphic propaganda. The Empire Remains attests to the ways global food networks have evolved up to today and affected the construction of the natural and built environment – like the relationship between megaports and invasive species or between greenhouses and the end of traditional seasons. By looking at bananas, sugar, rum, tobacco, cacao, fruits and spices, Cooking Sections explore the spatial legacy of such trade networks and how they affect the world we live in.
Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) is a duo of spatial practitioners based in London. Their practice was born out of The Centre for Research Architecture (Goldsmiths, University of London) to explore the systems that organize the WORLD through FOOD. Using installation, cooking performance, mapping and video, their research-based practice explores the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture and geopolitics. Cooking Sections have exhibited their work at the U.S. Pavilion, 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale; the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin; Storefront for Art & Architecture New York; dOCUMENTA(13); Peggy Guggenheim Collection; Q21 Museumsquartier, Vienna; HKW Berlin; and Victoria & Albert Museum, London. They have also been residents of The Politics of Food at Delfina Foundation, London.
Date: 6.30pm – 8.00pm, Wednesday 9th March
Venue: RMIT Design Hub: Building 100, Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets, Carlton
Presented by RMIT Interior Design, RMIT Design Hub and SIBLING architecture.