Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) in conversation with James Graham and Jesse Connuck
Cooking Sections is a duo of spatial practitioners based out of London. It was born to explore the systems that organize the world through food. Using installation, performance, mapping and video, their research-based practice explores the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture and geopolitics.
During Fall 2016, Cooking Sections staged The Empire Remains Shop in London, a public installation where they hosted a critical program of discussions, performances, dinners, installations and screenings, speculating on the possibility and implications of selling back the remains of the British Empire in London today.
The storefront space featured a range of new commissions and existing works that employed food as a tool to assemble new sites and geographies, while exploring origins, destinations, and exchanges across the present and future of our postcolonial planet. Visitors to The Empire Remains Shop could taste, buy, or take part in the ongoing program that changed over the project’s lifespan.
Cooking Sections was part of the exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion, 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Their work has also been exhibited at the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin; Storefront for Art & Architecture New York; dOCUMENTA(13); Peggy Guggenheim Collection; CA2M, Madrid; The New Institute, Rotterdam; UTS, Sydney; ETSAM; TEDx Talks Madrid; Fiorucci Art Trust London; ACC Weimar; SOS 4.8; HKW Berlin; Akademie der Künste, Berlin; 2014 Biennale INTERIEUR Kortrijk; and have been 2014 residents in The Politics of Food at Delfina Foundation, London. Cooking Sections was part of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale and 2016 Brussels ParckDesign. Their work has been featured in a number of international publications—Lars Müller, Sternberg Press, Volume, Frieze Magazine amongst others.
Organized by Columbia GSAPP.