Critical Cooking Show - Asako Iwama, Iris Lacoudre, and Camille Sineau - Hands Correspondence
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Critical Cooking Show
February 7, 2021
Critical Cooking Show

Hands Correspondence

Asako Iwama, Iris Lacoudre, and Camille Sineau, Hands Correspondence, 2020.

Kitchen tools offer a support structure that generates social, environmental, and spatial situations, due to the gestures they involve and relations they create. In this work, the tool is reduced to its most archaic form—the hand, and by extension, the body. Rather than inventing new tools, the focus is placed on the tactility of making and sharing food, in the most simple, intimate, and domestic form.

The conversation between Asako Iwama, Iris Lacoudre, and Camille Sineau unfolded in their separate kitchens, in front of screens, in three different cities. Their initial idea—to prepare a shared meal around a large sofra, as a way to celebrate the hand as a tool—was suddenly impossible. They were cut off from one another, prohibited from moving, touching, or sharing. What should have been a public gathering and performance moved to the intimate sphere of their respective apartments. The very absence of that dinner revealed that everyday cooking gestures are shared across borders, beyond the confines of private kitchens.

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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.

Asako Iwama is an artist and cook based in Berlin. Her practice has developed around the idea of the ontology of eating, referring to the social aspects of eating as a metaphor of our relation to nature. She previously worked at Studio Olafur Eliasson, where she co-created the cookbook Studio Olafur Eliasson: The Kitchen.

Iris Lacoudre is an architect based in Paris. Her work spans research and practice, establishing no hierarchy between scales or disciplines, interacting with daily behaviors through simple drawings, objects, and spaces. She currently teaches at the School of Architecture of Paris-Est.

Camille Sineau is an architect and anthropologist based in Torino. He explores other ways of practicing architecture with anthropology or ecology, focusing on the relationship between skills, dwelling and inhabitation practices. He is currently a teaching assistant at EPFL Lausanne alongside Assemble studio.

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