Through the act of cooking, kitchens establish implicit, visceral understandings of the world. No recipe is neutral; no tool universal. Since the advent of social media, and particularly since lockdown, people around the world have opened their personal kitchens to the unknown viewer. As an intimate, geosocial, critical space, kitchens are places for stories to be told; for new kinships to be made, and new alliances to be forged.

 

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The cooking show is as old as television itself. But why do we like watching the making of a meal that most of us will never cook, let alone eat?...
Asako Iwama, Iris Lacoudre, and Camille Sineau
Kitchen tools offer a support structure that generates social, environmental, and spatial situations, due to the gestures they involve and...
Olive trees hold the living knowledge of Mesopotamia. Since ancient times, they represent life, peace, and solidarity in the region. Soil...
Laura Wilson
In Laura Wilson’s Trained on Veda , a malted loaf and evolving artwork connected bakeries and galleries through veda bread. This film departs...
The New World Syrup & The Fever Hand is a performance lecture inspired by the return of yellow fever in South America. This old disease is...
Zuri Camille de Souza
Filmed during and just after a two-month lockdown in Marseille, Let Us Heal Together is a visual exploration of a chalky, herbaceous landscape,...
Nelly Ben Hayoun and Rabah Ourrad
In Moon Cook , Nelly Ben Hayoun and chef Rabah Ourrad both prepare a traditional North African dish, couscous royal, from their respective...
Luiza Prado de O. Martins
Danças is a meditation on the employment and preparation of three ingredients that connect the cuisines of Turkey and Brazil—okra, chilies, and...
Ben Goldner and Emma Leigh Macdonald
Consider the space of your kitchen. Who do you share it with? Are they human? Non-human? Could others be let in? Softening Cultures takes...
BUREAU, Walter el Nagar, and Filipe Felizardo
To be contemporary might mean to re-learn how to dwell in instability, in uncertainty. Now that the notion of progress (or capitalist modernism)...
2050+ and -orama
Riders Not Heroes investigates the precarious conditions of food delivery riders in Milan. It makes the case for riders as essential workers,...
depatriarchise design, Mayar El Bakry, and Romi Lee
In a long, narrow, modernist kitchen, Mayar El-Bakry, a Swiss-Egyptian designer, is cooking. Using anonymously designed cooking tools and objects...
Ilana Harris-Babou
Nature is Healing presents the reflections of a character who has fled Brooklyn for the countryside during the spring of 2020. The protagonist...
Ayşenaz Toker and Merve Tuna
An antidote to our relationship with the material world—generally framed by a rationalist apprehension of reality— object*oriented*magic creates...
Linda Schilling Cuellar
A confluence of forces—human invention, neoliberal economic legislation, a wellness food trend, and patents taken out on nature—have led to the...
MOLD and Yardy World
Broadcasting from Crown Heights, Your Mouth Has Power is a collective message from Brooklyn about food sovereignty, resilience and culture...
Mariana Sanchez Salvador and Rain Wu
Empathy begins with acknowledging the position of our body in the world, not simply towards a different body, but also across time and dimensions....
Valeria Meiller and Agustin Schang
The Case of Meat explores manifold stories behind the meat industry in Argentina. Taking off from the personal narrative of Tata Moya, an...
Nick Axel, Nikolaus Hirsch, Mariana Pestana, Sumitra Upham, and Billie Muraben
Critical Cooking Show is a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the Istanbul Design Biennial within the context of its fifth edition,...
Category
Nature & Ecology
Subject
Food & Cooking, Plants & Forests, Folklore & Tradition, Community, Human - Nonhuman Relations

Critical Cooking Show is a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the Istanbul Design Biennial within the context of its fifth edition, Empathy Revisited: Designs for more than one.

Contributors
  • Nick Axel, Nikolaus Hirsch, Mariana Pestana, Sumitra Upham, and Billie Muraben Editorial
  • Valeria Meiller and Agustin Schang The Case of Meat
  • Mariana Sanchez Salvador and Rain Wu As Above, So Below
  • MOLD and Yardy World Your Mouth Has Power
  • Linda Schilling Cuellar The Avocado Toast
  • Ayşenaz Toker and Merve Tuna object*oriented*magic
  • Ilana Harris-Babou Nature is Healing
  • depatriarchise design, Mayar El Bakry, and Romi Lee Cooking with Stories
  • 2050+ and -orama Riders Not Heroes
  • BUREAU, Walter el Nagar, and Filipe Felizardo Mush Rooms
  • Ben Goldner and Emma Leigh Macdonald Softening Cultures
  • Luiza Prado de O. Martins Danças
  • Nelly Ben Hayoun and Rabah Ourrad Moon Cook
  • Zuri Camille de Souza Let Us Heal Together
  • Vivian Caccuri The New World Syrup & The Fever Hand
  • Laura Wilson Veda
  • Mutfak مطبخ Workshop Gold Water: Landscapes of Olive and Olive Oil
  • Asako Iwama, Iris Lacoudre, and Camille Sineau Hands Correspondence
  • Dirty Furniture The Cooking Show with Dirty Furniture
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