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Cooking Sections lecture

When: Wed 9 March, 6.30–8pm
Where: RMIT Design Hub, Building 100, cnr Victoria & Swanston Streets, Carlton, 3053.
How much: Free
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London-based spatial practitioners Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe, aka Cooking Sections, are obsessed with food and the huge and complex infrastructures behind its production. Daniel and Alon present these structures through installation, performance, mapping and video, with their research “overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture and geopolitics.”  The pair met at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmith University of London and have since gone on to exhibit as part of the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014, with works shown at the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Storefront for Art & Architecture New York, dOCUMENTA(13), Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Bartlett and TEDx Talks Madrid, among many others.

Presented at the RMIT Design Hub by RMIT Interior Design with SIBLING, Cooking Sections will deliver the lecture ‘Flood, Rats, White Ants, All Seem To Conspire Against Us’, taking the audience on a journey through Cooking Sections’ long-term project ‘The Empire Remains’, which explores colonial Britain and the specific infrastructure and cultural imaginaries set up by the British Empire to promote the food and agricultural industries between home and overseas territories through powerful visual arts, film and graphic propaganda. By looking at bananas, sugar, rum, tobacco, cacao, fruits, and spices, the lecture explores the spatial legacy of such trade networks and how they affect the world we live in.

Original image: Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe of Cooking Sections. Photo by Eva Ellersdorfer-Meissnerová, via Museumsquartier Wien