When Spatula&Barcode were invited to participate in the Municipal show, we knew immediately that we wanted to create a project about responses to the election. The resulting project, “Rage Grief Comfort &” used simple foods to allow the public to express emotions and then asked the question, besides being angry and fearful, what else can we do. Continue reading
Spatula&Barcode gave two lectures about the Foodways series this fall.
Feeding Farmers was one of the most satisfying components of the Foodways: Madison project. We coordinated more than thirty pairings of area artists with local farmers, with the artists preparing meals for the farmers. The piece began with the simple image of reversing the usual flow of food, and then we realized that this was an opportunity to leverage our art community and our interest in local agriculture, including our decades of shopping at the Dane County Farmers Market. The meals happened in many ways, with artists adapting to the interests and needs of the growers. Some artists visited farms and cooked with farmer’s ingredients, while some others prepared simple and convenient meals that could be eaten at the market or carried home for later. While the project resulted in some beautiful documentation, we’re also very happy with simply on the conceptual and relational levels. Feeding Farmers also deepened our relationship with the farmers we know and led us to a lot of thinking about the similarities and differences among farmers and artists.
At these links, you will find pictures and descriptions associated with the Feeding Farmers project.
This blog post will catch us up on four more meals that were completed during the the Feeding Farmers project, one from November, one from December, and two from January. Continue reading
In September and October of 2016, Spatula&Barcode were artists-in-residence at the Bubbler space in the central branch of the Madison Public Library. Our primary goal here was to engage the general public in discussions about how they understand food systems as personal, social, and global.
To this end, we could be found on site up to twenty hours a week engaged in a number of different kinds of activities: cooking, eating, conversing, playing games, diagramming, reading, looking things up, sorting ingredients and re-arranging the space. Continue reading
On 5 November, Helen Klebesadel and Danny Torres prepared a meal at the Wilkinson Homestead for farmer Mike Wilkinson, Peg Wilkinson, Kendall Wilkinson and family members Barbara Klebesadel, Sam Wilkinson, Ali Wilkinson, Leslie and Jacklyn Wilkinson and Shane, Parker and Bixley. The meal was timed for flexibility so the farmers could eat between combining corn.