Critical Cooking Show - Mariana Sanchez Salvador and Rain Wu - As Above, So Below
Critical Cooking Show
October 25, 2020
Critical Cooking Show

As Above, So Below

Mariana Sanchez Salvador and Rain Wu, As Above, So Below, 2020.

Empathy begins with acknowledging the position of our body in the world, not simply towards a different body, but also across time and dimensions. Food spans across all aspects of our lives, from the most profane everyday nourishment to the sacrifices that made an anthropological imprint on the collective psyche. It connects science and myth, known and unknown. The meal, the settlement, the landscape, the cosmos, down to the microbial and viral in our guts and in the air—food allows us to discover a new perspective on our world. The film makes use of archive images and microscopic photography of edible substances—fruits, vegetables, grain, fish, vitamins—as a metaphor of the macro, to create a timeless, scaleless world.


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.

Mariana Sanchez Salvador is a Portuguese architect and researcher. Her work focuses on how the spaces we inhabit are transformed by food and food activities, operating as a spatial design tool. She is the author of Arquitectura e Comensalidade (2016) and has lectured and published articles about her research.

Rain Wu is a British-Taiwanese artist and architect based in London. Her work is conceptually driven and materialises in different forms and scales from drawing, sculpture, food performance to architectural installation. Her work has been exhibited at Sharjah Biennial, Taipei Biennial, London Design Biennale. She is an associate lecturer at University of the Arts London.

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