Visiting Lecture | Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe, Cooking Sections: When [Salmon Salmon [Salmon]]

Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 12 - 2pm

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Image: CLIMAVORE On Tidal Zones, Cooking Sections. Courtesy of Nick Middleton, 2017.

Image: CLIMAVORE On Tidal Zones, Cooking Sections. Courtesy of Nick Middleton, 2017.

This event will be conducted through Zoom. Please register in advance here. Zoom account registration is required.

In their lecture Cooking Sections trace the construction of salmon—the colour of a wild fish, which is neither wild, nor fish (nor even salmon). Colour is a vector that composes forms, entwines species, and signals environmental changes. From the Isle of Skye, Cooking Sections document how industries are changing the planet’s metabolism, redefining the shades we live in, censoring our sensitivity to the Earth and its hues, while constructing new extrativist territories. Salmon usually feed on red-pink crustaceans, like shrimp and krill, making them metabolise the colour that tints salmon salmon. But farmed salmon have become [salmon], which are deprived of the substances that should otherwise salmon their bodies. 

These fading colours are just another signal of the new architecture of the climate emergency. 

A live public discussion and Q&A will follow with respondents Austin Wade Smith and Lydia Kallipoliti.

Cooking Sections—Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe—is a duo of spatial practitioners. Since 2015, they have been working on multiple iterations of the long-term site-specific CLIMAVORE project, exploring how to eat as humans change climates. Cooking Sections was part of the exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion, 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Their work has also been exhibited at the 2019 Los Angeles Public Art Triennial; Sharjah Architecture Triennial and 13th Sharjah Biennial; Manifesta12, Palermo; Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Columbia University New York; Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York. Upcoming solo exhibitions will take place at Tate Britain, SALT Istanbul, and Bonniers Konsthall Stockholm, as well as a new commission for P.5 New Orleans Triennial. They currently lead a studio unit at the Royal College of Art, London. In 2019, they were awarded the Future Generation Special Art Prize. Daniel is the 2020 recipient of the Harvard GSD Wheelwright Prize for the research project Being Shellfish. 

This lecture and discussion is free and accessible to the public.

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