Critical Cooking Show - Ayşenaz Toker and Merve Tuna - object*oriented*magic


Ayşenaz Toker and Merve Tuna


Ayşenaz Toker and Merve Tuna, the manual of object*oriented*magic, 2020.

Critical Cooking Show
November 2020

An antidote to our relationship with the material world—generally framed by a rationalist apprehension of reality—object*oriented*magic creates new superstitions drawing from vernacular folk beliefs, psycho-magic, witchcraft, alchemy, and astrological methods. Everyday objects become the ingredients for ritualistic assemblages, and in the process become recharged with magic, mystery, and myth, revealing their inherent vibrancy.

Three recipes from the manual of object*oriented*magic are featured, offering guidance to the lost souls of the modern world as they confront familiar problems. *Divided They Fall* transposes a folk spell into the work environment, using office objects along with cats and dogs to disperse colleagues who are against you. A spell to increase the chance of mating, *Winds of Change & Weeds of Sex* directs the energy of sexual residues to the spellcaster with the help of common artifacts. *Delivering the Proof in the Policy of Truth* uses kitchen tools to expose hypocrites, peeling off their masks and feeding their skin back to them. By introducing a layer of irrationality, o*o*m suggests alternative narratives that go beyond normative human-object relations, reframing the meanings assigned to the things that occupy our environment.

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.

Food & Cooking, Memory, Rituals & Celebrations, Object-Oriented Philosophies, Folklore & Tradition, Human - Nonhuman Relations
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Ayşenaz Toker is a product designer and instructor, working with the implicit language of things and the meanings and histories surrounding the objects.

Merve Tuna is a designer and an artist who focuses on crafting prosthetic objects and their narrative potential, working in various mediums including film.


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