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Climavore – Exploring the Tees

12 May 2018 11:00 am - 12 May 2018 4:30 pm

Image credit: Climavore On Tidal Zones-2017, ATLAS Arts, Nick Middleton

Booking is essential as places are limited

Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) is a duo of spatial practitioners who explore the systems that organize the world through food.

As part of their project ‘Climavore’, we spend a day looking at, thinking and talking about the shifting ecological, social and economic landscape of the river Tees. As a group we share our experiences and knowledge of the Tees Valley through shifts in industry and society to map existing and potential uses of the waterways.

We start with an introduction to Cooking Sections and the Climavore project at MIMA. Following this, we move off-site to discover the particularities of three contrasting sites along the river Tees. Our journey starts at the old dock in Middlehaven, moves on to the Tees Barrage, and closes at the North Gare, where the river meets the sea.

We depart from, and return to, MIMA in shared transport. A packed lunch is provided. Please be dressed for uneven ground and wet weather.

Booking is essential. Please email Linda on Linda.Fulcher@tees.ac.uk with your name, contact number, dietary requirements and any restrictions on mobility.

While in the Tees Valley, Cooking Sections are working with Community Interest Company The Other Perspective, to provide a special edition of our weekly Community Lunch (Thursday 10 May, 1pm). They are also working with the Trinitiy Centre Youth Group, in North Ormesby, through The Middlesbrough Settlement, our contribution to the Greater Tees project.

Cooking Sections use installation, performance, mapping and video to explore the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture and geopolitics. While in the Tees Valley, they are intervening in our weekly Community Lunch by introducing Dulse, a seaweed product, into the shared meal. Through our contribution to the Greater Tees programme, they are leading a session with the Trinity Centre Youth Group in North Ormesby.

‘CLIMAVORE is a national research project that reads and eats landscapes following climatic alterations. Melting, heating, cooling, toxifying, drying, acidifying, salinising, condensing, rooting, diluting… New ecological cycles are appearing due to human-induced events.  CLIMAVORE is a long-term project initiated by Cooking Sections to envision new systems of food production and consumption that react to the appearance of new seasons.

Different from the now obsolete cycle of spring, summer, autumn, and winter, CLIMAVORE rethinks the construction of imaginaries, landscapes and infrastructures by looking at how climatic alterations offer a new set of clues to adapt our diet, anxieties and desires to them: how to shift to drought-resistant vegetables in a period of water scarcity, how to cope with advancing and receding deserts, or how to foster dune stabilising vegetables in times of coastal flash floods. Currently CLIMAVORE is focusing on the British seafront to rethink the contemporary environmental challenges for humans and other-than-humans along the British coastal waters.’



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