Mon, Mar 21 — Tue, Mar 22, 2022WorkshopsOCEANIC IMAGINARIES

Kitchen Island – Basicyear project
Asia Komarova

March 21-22

Rietveld’s Gym

Kitchen Island

Basicyear workshop with Asia Komarova
In collaboration with Mauricio van der Maesen de Sombreff and Mari Pitkänen

During this workshop we will imagine an underwater world, after sea level rise and global heat. What remains? Where are we going? How will we live? And what does sustainability mean when there are few resources left. We learn to think critically about the future of our homes, our food and our human and non-human relationships.  

In the morning we dwell on these topics. For lunch we cook with ingredients from the sea. In the afternoon we will be designing and making future kitchen appliances, create our ‘kitchen island catalogue’ and drink from our own desalination machine.

10:00-11:00 Introduction and theoretical and historical overview

11:00-12:00 Future materials and future ingredients

12:00-13:00 Cooking spirulina pasta

13:00-14:00 Eating lunch together

14:00-17:00 Designing and making future kitchen appliances

Podcast to listen:
Anna L. Tsing:

Research on Future Materials:

Text fragment from Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet by Anna L. Tsing:
“Symbiosis is the strategy that supports life on earth. Rhizomal bacteria interact with legumes, allowing nitrogen fixation, the basis of ter- restrial life. The coral reef ecosystem and the tidal seagrass ecosystem depend on the symbionts of corals and clams. These major symbiotic webs rule the planet, and within these big symbioses are the smaller symbiotic webs of things we call organisms. And within organisms are the products of even more ancient symbioses called cells, and the products of other ancient symbioses, which we call genomes. Symbiosis is the way of life on earth; we are all holobionts by birth.”

Artist and Chief Asia Komarova is teacher Ecological Cooking at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (DogTime Department). Starting from this year she is also a resident at the Jan Van Eyck Academie. Asia has a long-term collaboration with Casco Art Institute working for the commons. She is also cooking at all these different places and investigating different Dutch landscapes and the way we eat. With the Outsiders, an organisation she founded in 2013, she is designing four different food forests in the Netherlands and working on the Traveling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills.