Finks 2017 - 2020
Grazer Kunstverein
Graz, Austria
A recurring kitchen studio in the art space Grazer Kunstverein in Austria.

Gathering knowledge through making meals and conversations with people about local recipes and wild and cultivated plants, collecting, preserving, fermenting, pickling, dehydrating and grinding. Every season I made a powder to be distributed to visitors to the space, a pulverised trace of the activities of the time before, both human and non-human. We hosted workshops by local producers and purveyors, including vinegar making with Anita König and laundry detergent from chestnuts by Das Gramm. We hosted, experimented and revived leftovers. Finks was a way to bring food and bodies right into the centre of the institution and it’s programme and an opportunity to collaborate with artists - gingko biloba tea from the park for a research project, digestive seeds, birthday cakes and vegetable peel pie for a performance by Emily Mast,a fragmented landscape for a talk with Sylvia Schedelbauer, sustenance for installs, events and conferences. In the last year Finks became a platform for writing for me, with two lecture / meals, ‘I remember oranges you remember dust’ with Eva de Moor and ‘How to make alcohol’, where we used the natural yeast on our palms to catalyse the fermentation of fruit.

This project happened thanks to the intrinsically caring and hospitable approach of visionary curator Kate Strain and her team especially Tanja Gurke, Christina Simmerer and Ahmad Darkhabani.

Frühling Powder 2017

I remember oranges, you remember dust
Performance,talk, workshop and meal at Grazer Kunstverein 2019
Photo by Thomas Raggam
Workshop on vinegar making by Anita König on the bar made by Studio Magic
Photo by Fiona Hallinan
Site visit to a local producer with bees wax bar used for sealing baking trays

Arranging and drying plants to blend into powder for visitors to the Grazer Kunstverein.


I remember oranges, you remember dust
Performance,talk, workshop and meal at Grazer Kunstverein 2019
Photo by Thomas Raggam

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