Kitchen Club 3: Kaajal Modi

Kitchen Club brings together people who care about food including its circulation and production, to collectively reflect on what it means – culturally, socially and environmentally – to prepare, share and consume in the kitchen. 

 
Each month artists and cultural practitioners will share their practice connected to food, and engage participants in sensory experiences around a kitchen table.
 
Kitchen Cultures: Tasting Ecology with Kaajal Modi
 
Join us for an experimental sensory workshop where we will taste foods from around the world that are "cooked" through human and microbial collaborations. As we do so, we will ask, what are the climates, critters and colonies (human and otherwise) involved in the production of our food? Can we taste our relationship to these other beings, and in doing so, become more mindful of our responsibility to care for them? 
 
Kitchen Club is a new series of workshops connected to Arts Catalyst’s Emergent Ecologies programme. The first season of Kitchen Club is co-curated with artist Harun Morrison in the context of his project Mind Garden.  
 
Tickets are free but please reserve a place to help us manage capacity. If you can no longer make it, please request a refund so your place can be reallocated. Book via Eventbrite. 
 
ACCESS: The workshop takes at Sheffield Mind, which is accessible for wheelchair users with a disabled toilet.  Regular bus services are in place along London / Abbeydale Road. 
 
If you are attending in a wheelchair or for more information please email: admin@artscatalyst.org 
 
We are taking extra precautions to manage the risk of COVID-19.
 
We ask everyone attending this event to wear a mask indoors unless exempt. We are limiting capacity to enable social distancing and the room will be well ventilated. Please wear layers should you feel the cold. 
 
We ask everyone attending this event to take a Lateral Flow Test on the day of the event if you can. 
 
Please note: If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 such as sore throat, continuous headache, dry cough, runny nose, loss of taste of smell, or high temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please do not attend. We want to keep everyone as safe as possible. Thank you for your understanding. 
 
Kaajal Modi is an artist and creative researcher developing sensory methodologies to engage diverse publics in ways that create critical encounters with the world, and invite new relationships to the others (human and otherwise) with whom we share it. 
 
Kaajal is interested in how we co-produce ecological knowledge with more-than-human communities in ways that start from eating as embodied knowledge, and how these might emerge from the landscapes that shape our bodies and food traditions. 
 
Kaajal’s PhD was in Art and Science Communication at UWE, Bristol from 2019 to 2022. For her primary research project, she worked to draw out her collaborators’ own experiences of culture, care and collaboration through poetry and storytelling, and the ecological and geographical knowledge that live in their cuisines as important climate expertise through fermenting and eating. Kaajal sees this as a way to render tangible the invisible relationships and labour (human and otherwise) on which we rely when we eat, as a way to foster more responsibility to these others in our food webs.
 
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Wet / Land / Dwellers - Screening and Performance

WET / LAND / DWELLERS asks; How do communities of humans and non-humans live with and inhabit wetlands? What is the environmental, cultural and social significance of wetlands in the face of the current ecological crisis?

 
As part of WET / LAND / DWELLERS artist duo  a place of their own (Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy) invite you to delve into the voices and sounds of wetlands during a multi-sensory evening. Featuring live performance from sound artist Gary Stewart, film screenings, and a conversation with researcher Maxwell A. Ayamba at Foodhall, Sheffield. 
 
This special event is taking place to mark the publication of new zine, Willow, about WET / LAND / DWELLERS, a project exploring both the vital role wetlands play in managing local ecologies, and how communities understand their relation to wetlands. Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy will be sharing findings from their field work in Woodhouse Washlands, Beighton Valley and Shire Brook Valley, and the stories of the valley’s caretakers and guardians they have been in dialogue with.
 
Historically, wetlands have been contentious ecological sites whose gradual disappearance and destruction is inextricably linked to neoliberal economies as well as neo-colonial extractive horizons. These are complex assemblages of environments and atmospheres, and simultaneously sites of diversity of species, stories and imaginaries. 
 
Schedule: 
 
5 – 5.15: Arrival and greetings
5.15 - 5.45pm: Live sound performance by Gary Stewart, with a screening of Myths for an Imaginary Wetland by artists a place of their own.
6 – 6.30pm: Screenings of: 
INVASION by the Unist’ot’en Camp
Our Land is Talking by West Australian Indigenous artist Rod Garlett
6.30 – 7pm: Discussion with the artists and Maxwell A. Ayamba
 
Tickets are free but please reserve a place to help us manage capacity.
 
This event is aimed at adults but parents / carers are welcome to bring young people 12+.
 
ACCESS: The event takes place at Foodhall which has level access and a disabled toilet. This event (weather being calm) will take place in the courtyard of Foodhall - so please wrap up warmly. The lighting for this event will be low level and constant. 
 
Please email us if you have any further access requests, and we'll do our best to accommodate. 
 
Content Warning - for the film 'Invasion' - structural racism, state violence. 
 
EXTRAS: Hot and cold drinks can be purchased from Foodhall's bar. Food however, will not be available. 
 
We are taking extra precautions to manage the risk of COVID-19.
We ask everyone attending this event to wear a mask indoors unless exempt, and to take a Lateral Flow Test on the day of the event. We are limiting capacity to enable social distancing and hand sanitiser is provided.
 
Please note: If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please do not attend. We want to keep everyone as safe as possible. Thank you for your understanding. 
 
Our Land is Talking, Rod Garlett, 2017
a place of their own have been in dialogue with Rod Garlett since 2019 for Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary and the Wet / Land / Dwellers project. As well as the film, Rod contributes texts to The Willow publication, and voice to the sound work made in collaboration with Gary Stewart.   
 
More about the film from makers Abandoned Suitcase: 
“In 2017, West Australian Indigenous artist Rod Garlett was commissioned by Edith Cowan University to produce an artwork for the university's art collection in response to that year's NAIDOC theme. West Australian filmmakers Patrizia Tonello and Graham Taylor (Abandoned Suitcase) followed Rod through the process of creating his painting 'Noongar Boodja Wangkiny' ('Our Land Is Talking'), filming and recording Rod as he painted it, both in Broome (where Rod was living at the time) and in Perth where the work was later completed. Rod's insightful commentary explains the fascinating symbolism used in his artwork and how it reflects his Noongar heritage. 
 
Invasion
“In this era of “reconciliation”, Indigenous land is still being taken at gunpoint. INVASION is a new film about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the larger Wet’suwet’en Nation standing up to the Canadian government and corporations who continue colonial violence against Indigenous people. 
 
The Unist’ot’en Camp has been a beacon of resistance for nearly 10 years. It is a healing space for Indigenous people and settlers alike, and an active example of decolonization. The violence, environmental destruction, and disregard for human rights following TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) / Coastal GasLink’s interim injunction has been devastating to bear, but this fight is far from over.”
 
WET / LAND / DWELLERS is collaboration with Sheffield-based artists Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy (a place of their own) & art organisation Arts Catalyst as part of the Emergent Ecologies programme. 
 
a place of their own is an experimental contemporary art and spatial practice, conceived by artist duo Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy, that investigates contemporary conditions and create new spaces, imaginaries and subjectivities. Based in Sheffield, UK and Ballyshannon, Ireland, together they make performances, spatial interventions and audio-visual art and research. Their projects explore the transformative potential of art and spatial practice to suggest other worlds yet to become.
 

Maxwell A. Ayamba is a PhD research student in Black Studies at the Department of American & Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham/M4C-AHRC. His research explores the trajectory of ‘race’ ecology and environmental justice in the UK He is an environmental journalist, former Associate Lecturer/Research Associate at Sheffield Hallam University. Maxwell is founder/Director of the Sheffield Environmental Movement, and co- founder, the 100 Black Men Walk for Health Group (2004) which inspired production of the national play, "Black Men Walking” by Eclipse and Royal Theatre Production Company in 2018/19.  Maxwell was the first Black person on the Board of the Ramblers Association. He was also Portfolio Advisory Board Member of the Imperial College’ Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) Explore Nature project and has published research papers, chapters in books, articles in the media and has also delivered national and international talks in relation to Black & Ethnic Minority communities and the environment in the UK. Maxwell was the recipient of the National Lottery Heritage Award for 2021 and named as one of the 70 most remarkable people in the history of the Peak District National Park in 2021.  

 
Gary Stewart is an artist concerned with social and political issues, particularly with reference to history, identity and culture, working across sound, moving image and performance. Collective practice is key to his work using experimental media practices and technologies to explore the unique spaces emerging in public spaces, art galleries and museums formed by the shifting intersections and blurred boundaries between audiences, authorship and participation. Currently Lecturer in Fine Art (Studio Practice) at Goldsmiths, University of London, he is a founder member of interdisciplinary artist, research and performance group Dubmorphology and Artist Associate at People's Palace Projects based in the Drama Department of Queen Mary University of London working with activists and academics on projects that address a wide range of social justice and human rights issues.
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Sabu Kohso and Jason Waite: Confronting a Catastrophic World

Political and social critic, scholar and activist, Sabu Kohso, will give a lecture and then be in conversation with curator Jason Waite, a member of the Don’t Follow the Wind curatorial collective. Kohso regards the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor meltdown and release of radionuclides into the environment as an ongoing and unfolding disaster, one among many disasters across the globe caused by the intensifying development of extractive capitalism across the planetary body. As such, it embodies the collapsing world and the omnipresent life-as-struggles on the earth.  


Sabu Kohso is a political and social critic, translator, scholar, and a long-time activist in the global and anti-capitalist struggle. A native of Okayama, Japan, Sabu has lived in New York City since 1980. He has published several books on urban space and struggle in Japan and Korea, and has translated books by Kojin Karatani and David Graeber. He has written extensively on the Fukushima disaster from the perspective of global anticapitalist struggles.

Jason Waite is an independent curator focused on forms of practice toward forming agency across diverse fields such as art, society, politics and critical theory. He has co-curated Don’t Follow the Wind, an ongoing project inside the uninhabited Fukushima exclusion zone, The Real Thing?, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Maintenance Required, The Kitchen, New York, and White Paper: The Law by Adelita Husni-Bey at Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht where he was curator.

 

 

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Project Fukushima!

Project Fukushima! was instigated by musicians Yoshihide Otomo and Michiro Endo, as well as the poet Ryoichi Wago, all born or residing in Fukushima. The initiative is a network for trying out new social forms with artistic activities as their basis. It reflects on problems that confront the region after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The project was begun in May 2011. In August of that same year came the first “Festival Fukushima!” which attracted more than 10,000 visitors. The activities of the network also include the internet broadcast station “Dommune Fukushima!”, the “School Fukushima!”, a place for further education, as well as the fund-raising initiative “DIY Fukuahima!” This is meant to provide a financial basis for the long-term continuation of artistic activities.

Filmmaker Hikaru Fujii accompanied the activities and discussions during the preparations for the “Festival Fukushima!” with his camera over a period of seven months. The documentary film precisely and unpretentiously observes the different attitudes of the participants, also illuminating the areas of conflict between the protagonists.

The film is 90 minutes in length. During the exhibition the start times will therefore run throughout the day at 12pm, 1:30pm, 3pm and 4:30pm.

Supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Arts Council England.
With special thanks to NPO S-AIR, Project Fukushima!, Art Action and IKLECTIK

 

The artist and filmmaker Hikaru Fujii, confronts political and social problems whose roots lie in history. Rather than presenting his research into past events just as it is, he has continued to use his work to attempt reinterpretations of the issues from contemporary perspectives.
Hikaru Fujii creates video installations that respond to contemporary social problems. He makes use of extensive research and fieldwork investigating existing systems and structures, based on the idea that art is produced out of the intimate relationship between society and history. His work explores modern education and social systems in Japan and Asia as well as the nature of museums and art museums.
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A Public Hearing – Cromer Street Lyric

As part of Everyday Urbanism: Architecture as Social Process postgraduate students from Goldsmiths Centre for Research Architecture, University of London have been in residence at Arts Catalyst’s Cromer Street Centre throughout May and June 2016. During this time, they have developed a project titled A Public Hearing in which they have used the form and function of the public hearing as an aid for investigating a number of contemporary experiences. This has produced a eight channel sound installation, and a range of events examining different aspects of speaking and listening.

For the final event of the project on Saturday 25 June the group have invited local choir groups, singers and musicians for a new lyric to be composed; distilled from conversations with local people and sounds heard in and around the environs of Cromer Street in King's Cross.

This final installation of A Public Hearing, organised by students from the Centre for Research Architecture, looks at oral histories and the means by which knowledge can be altered and passed along. The process for composition will be collaborative – dialogue, consensus and disruption will be made evident in the final choral arrangement. Simultaneous to the performance a live recording with feedback will play in an adjacent room suggesting the configuration of Arts Catalyst as a sensing organ attuned to and bearing witness to unfolding events.

Event schedule

Saturday 25 June, 12 noon – 7pm
12 noon – 6pm Exhibition and performance
5pm – 7pm Closing Drinks reception

This event is FREE no booking required


Support:

A Public Hearting is supported by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England. 

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A Public Hearing – How to Speak

As part of Arts Catalyst's current programme A Public Hearing, MA students from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, host a workshop exploring different ways of speaking in public with vocal coach Christopher Holt and local Kings Cross barrister Ousman Noor
 

Drawing on procedural documents from public hearings* as a starting point, this workshop, organised by students from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, looks at the conditions and protocols under which public speaking is conducted. Beginning with a review of speaking in formalized settings – such as court, council chambers or in parliament – we will then look to different, informal, modes of speaking – such as gossiping, complaining, whispering – and invite participants to draw up an alternate set of instruction manuals that give priority to such forms of speech. The latter part of the workshop will review how formal instructions are registered and performed, revealing the impact this has on what gets said and who gets heard, and how architecture changes the register of sound, affecting the ways speech is delivered and supported.

*Public hearings originated from the process of the enclosure of public lands in Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries. They were held in order to create a petition to parliament to enclose the land, and then later to hear objections to the act created by Parliament. Today, public hearings are still used when dealing with both public lands and private properties.

This workshop is aimed at residents and workers of the Kings Cross Area. Open to all ages but 16+ preferred unless accompanied by an adult.

Event Schedule


1pm Lunch (Free)
2pm Workshop (Free)
Vocal exercises, discussion and rewriting manuals plus an introduction on court procedures. 

Biographies

Christopher Holt is an actor, a theatre director, a lecturer, a voice coach and a disability arts practitioner, and he has a 20 years experience in teaching, training and developing singing and speaking voices. Holt has lead vocal workshops and taught voice for professional actors, singers and dancers, students of theatre and groups of senior citizens.

Ousman Noor is a Barrister with extensive experience in representing individuals in immigration detention, making bail applications in Immigration Tribunals on their behalf. This experience led to a strong conviction that immigration detention was often performed unlawfully with insufficient transparency or accountability to the rule of law. In 2014 he set up The Habeas Corpus Project, a non-profit organisation that provides pro-bono legal representation in challenging unlawful detention of individuals in the UK.

Arts Catalyst's Centre will be open to the public for A Public Hearing as part of Everyday Urbanism: Architecture as Social Process
Thursday 2 June – Friday 24 June 2016
Thursdays & Fridays, 12noon – 6pm

 

 

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A Public Hearing – Technologies of Belonging

Calling all residents, workers and communities of Cromer Street and Kings Cross, come and share your stories at the first event in the A Public Hearing series

Saturday 28 May is the first in a series of events to explore the technologies of hearing and the point of mediation between the hearing and listening. It will be used as a foundation to lead into the events on the Saturday 11 June and Saturday 25 June that will continue to develop and explore these concepts and materials in more depth and alternative ones.

Technologies of Belonging investigates how hearing and vocalising are rehearsed. Presenting hearing as narration and storytelling rather than confession. Non-oral bodily sensing and an exploration of the non-human on variety of scales presented in an evolving exhibition as multi-speaker installation, with a collaged sequence of the recent interviews collected by the group with live elements fluctuating between different temporalities, histories and sounds.

Personal hearings

Through a series of informal conversations and discussions the group are inviting you between 1pm–3pm to come and contribute to a developing archive of material.

This event forms part of the first phase of Everyday Urbanism: Architecture as Social Process, where postgraduate students from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London will be in residence at Arts Catalyst’s Cromer Street Centre throughout May and June. During this time, they will use the form and function of the public hearing as an aid for investigating a number of contemporary conditions.

Public hearings originated from the process of the enclosure of public lands in Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries. They were held in order to create a petition to parliament to enclose the land, and then later to hear objections to the act created by Parliament. Today, public hearings are still used when dealing with both public lands and private properties. Adopting the device of the public hearing, the Goldsmiths group will consider how diverse experiences and events are communicated through speech, vocalising, hearing and listening. Whose stories are heard and whose not? What other forms of nonhuman expression - animals, plants, industrial, atmospheric - are heard, and what new modes of sensing are needed? In short, who speaks and who listens, and with what technologies?

Arts Catalyst's Centre will be open to the public for A Public Hearing as part of Everyday Urbanism: Architecture as Social Process
Thursday 2 June – Friday 24 June 2016
Thursdays & Fridays, 12noon – 6pm
With events on Saturday 11 June and Saturday 25 June 2016
 
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Kota Takeuchi in discussion with Eiko Honda

Artist Kota Takeuchi in conversation with curator and writer Eiko Honda chaired by artist Kaori Homma from Art Action UK

During his time in the UK, Kota Takeuchi will be researching the deep time concerns of monuments, site markers and memory around the UK and Belgium. He will undertake field research at the Belgian underground research laboratory for the geologic storage of radioactive waste in partnership with Z33 and the Belgian nuclear waste agency NIRAS / NIROND.

On Saturday 16 July curator and writer Eiko Honda will be in discussion with Kota Takeuchi, chaired by artist Kaori Homma from Art Action UK. Kota Takeuchi's residency has been organised by S-AIR in Japan in partnership with Arts Catalyst, supported by the Sasakawa Foundation and Agency for Cultural Affairs, the Government of Japan.

Event schedule
 

3pm – 4pm KotaTakeuchi Open Studio

4pm – 5pm Eiko Honda in conversation with Kota Takeuchi, chaired by Kaori Homma.

5pm – 6pm Discussion and drinks

 

Biographies

Kota Takeuchi is an artist based in Tokyo / Fukushima, Japan. He produces performative videos and oil paintings about how we physically view images of public scenery, social events, and their memory. His work explores the loop of digital image capture and distribution.
His solo exhibition Open Secret, 2012, explored the labour problems at the Fukushima Dai’ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Takeuchi acts as the agent for Finger Pointing Worker (a man who pointed at the public live camera at the Fukushima power plant after the disaster in 2011). 
 
 
Eiko Honda is a writer and curator of contemporary art and transnational intellectual history. She is the 2013-2016 curatorial fellow of the Overseas Study Programme for Artists, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan. She is a contributor to The Nuclear Culture Source Book, edited by Ele Carpenter, forthcoming September 2016. Recent papers include: 'Political Ecology of Art and Architecture in Japan: 100 Years Ago and Now' in Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Intellect, 2016). Her curatorial work is driven by the idea of history as an enquiry that unravels potential new understandings of the planetary past, future and present. Recent exhibitions include Saya Kubota: Material Witness, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London; and Missing Post Office UK, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. 
 
Kaori Homma is an artist and co-founder and co-ordinator of Art Action UK. Homma is Associate Lecturer at University of Arts London at Central Saint Martins and Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges (CCW), her art practice includes social engagement, fire etching and video exploring time, and reflecting on nuclear concerns. Art Action UK was established in response to the 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami and subsequent Fukushima nuclear fallout. The project supports artists who have been affected by natural and manmade disasters to undertake residencies in London including: Kyun Chome, Yoi Kawakubo, Komori & Seo, Hikaru Fujii, and Kaya Hanasaki. 
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KOSMICA Mexico 2015

KOSMICA is an international festival for earth-bound artists, space engineers, performers, astronomers, musicians and anyone interested in space

KOSMICA Mexico 2015 addressed a central theme of war and peace in space, and ethical issues facing space exploration. The program included more than 15 international guests to reflect upon these issues through workshops, performances, cinema, music and talks.

Kosmica Mexico 2015 is presented thanks to the support of: British Council México, Año Dual UK – Mexico, Fundación Telefónica, INBA / Laboratorio Arte Alameda. Associates: Arts Catalyst, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Agencia Espacial Mexicana, Cine Tonalá, Otoño en Hiroshima, Ovnibus, ITACCUS and Ambulante. Media associates: Vice – The Creators Project, El Fanzine, Pijamasurf.
 

Programme of events

Thu 17 September, 7pm – 11pm

Chris Welch (GB) – Talk
Enrique Jezik (AR) – Performance
Aleksandra Mir (SE) – Talk
Music by: Alias 616, Radiador (MX)
 
Fri 18 September, 7pm – 12am
Jon Bonfiglio (GB) – Talk
Agencia Espacial Mexicana (MX) – Round table
Louise K Wilson (GB) – Talk
Music by: Rob Anaya + guest, Dolphin Star Temple, Monairem
 
Sat 19 September, 7pm – 11pm
Lizzie Wade (EUA) – Talk
Arcángel Constantini (MX) and 220 (MX) – Performance
Miguel Ángel Fernández Delgado (MX) – Talk
Music by: Isaac Soto, Un rêve
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Material Nuclear Culture Roundtable Discussion

A discussion about art and nuclear culture will take place in the centre of the Material Nuclear Culture exhibition bringing together artists, submariners, and members of the Submarine Dismantling Project Advisory Group (SDP-AG) and NsubF Nuclear Submarine Forum in the South East.

Participants include: Les Netherton, chair of the SDP-AG; Mark Portman, WO1, Royal Navy (Submarines); Carien Kremer, Curator, William Morris Gallery; artists: Nick Crowe, David Mabb, Kota Takeuchi, Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead; Ele Carpenter, Curator; Nicola Triscott, Artistic Director of Arts Catalyst.

The discussion will take place around a reconstruction of James Acord’s roundtable that he built in his Hanford studio, USA 1999, to bring together environmentalists and people from the nuclear industry to discuss the clean up of nuclear materials at the Hanford site.

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