Kitchen Club 3: Kaajal Modi

A group of people of varying ages and ethnicities sit round a table with ingredients including vegetables and herbs laid on it. The group are sat in a large brightly lit hall. They can be seen chopping vegetables, examining pickled things in jars and working with food. Over this image is a yellow rectangle with the words ‘Kitchen Club #3’ in blue text.
A Pickling workshop during PRIMARY's Nourishment programme in Nottingham

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.