the civil appetites – dinner event

dinner event with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

dinner event with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

dinner event with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

dinner event with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

dinner event with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

dinner event with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

dinner event with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

dinner event with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

The Civil Appetites dinner event was a success. We had 25 participants throughout the night – tasty foraged food and an interesting conversation! While Matthew and Iain (spurse) cooked and led the discussion, I was happy to document the event and chat with participants. The dinner took place during First Friday and several RoCo visitors that entered the gallery were curious as to what was going on – it was nice chatting with them about the project. Thank you to everyone who participated! -MC

eating place: an urban foraging workshop

foraging workshop with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

foraging workshop with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

foraging workshop with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

foraging workshop with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

foraging workshop with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

foraging workshop with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

foraging workshop with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

foraging workshop with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

foraging workshop with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

foraging workshop with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

foraging workshop with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

foraging workshop with spurse | The Civil Appetites | May 3, 2013

Last Friday spurse (Matthew Friday and Iain Kerr) and I spent the day with a great group of participants. The photos above are from the foraging workshop. We started at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) and made our way to the river first. From there we cut over to the railroad tracks and finished back at RoCo. I used the app MapMyWalk on my iPhone to track our movements – we walked 4.66 miles to forage our dinner. We found Japanese Knot Weed, Wild Onions, Chick Root, Dandelions, and more!

Eat It artist Brady Dillsworth joined us for the workshop and took some beautiful black and white photos of the event. You can see those images on his Facebook page.

I’ll be posting photos from the dinner event later this week. Thanks for reading! -MC

schedule of events – may 3, 2013

spurse

Today is the day! Join us at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) for a day of foraging and conversation!

10AM – 4PM Eating Place: An urban foraging workshop
Join us for a gleaning walk to share knowledge and sense a world of pleasures under our feet. Is it possible to map new habits and ways of being in the city? How can sensing our environment activate non-consumer patterns? We will collect edibles from parks, dumpsters, restaurants, markets and create a “freegan” picnic. Dress code: be ready for a little dirt and adventure. Meet us at RoCo at 10am. 137 East Ave.

7PM – 10PM: The Civil Appetites
Taste the local with food gleaned from the streets of Rochester. Come celebrate the launch of spurse’s experimental cookbook Eat Your Sidewalk and join in the discussion!

additions to the installation

additions to the spurse installation - Eat It @ RoCo

additions to the spurse installation - Eat It @ RoCo

additions to the spurse installation - Eat It @ RoCo

Monday I added to the floor piece. More branches, scrap wood, a pinecone, and even a bowling ball! I also hung an educational poster for spurse’s Eat Your Sidewalk project. The exhibition Eat It: Artists Explore Food & Consumption is open through May 12th at RoCo, so you still have time to go see it! -MC

Q: What does all that “trash” on the gallery floor have to do with food?

A: One of the main objectives of our project is to get people to realize that most of our eating is based on the logic of consumerism, where the food we get is produced miles away from where it is eaten. This distance reinforces what we call the logic of “having” where food is not thought of as part of a complex an inter-related system – we don’t know who made it and under what conditions it was made, nor are we able to feel the way those systems are producing new worlds. Eating your sidewalk means becoming directly accountable to your immediate environment and the trash you see on the gallery floor is as much a part of this ecosystem as are the dandelions, burdock and ferns straining through the sidewalk. When you eat a dandelion from the street you are also eating everything it has encountered.

[More Qs answered on the FAQs page!]

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our invitation for dinner – may 3rd

spurse installation - Eat It at RoCo

Dear friends and fellow experimenters,
Please accept our invitation for dinner.
To eat more than you can: Ideas, Practices and Foods.
To give more than you know.
We wish to explore and invent with you a world that is already everywhere: the commons.

We wish to explore and invent with you a world that is still to come: the commons.

And so we invite you to an experimental dinner event aimed at exploring future food ways and commons. Please join us on Friday May 3rd for the following events:

10AM – 4PM Eating Place: An urban foraging workshop
Join us for a gleaning walk to share knowledge and sense a world of pleasures under our feet. Is it possible to map new habits and ways of being in the city? How can sensing our environment activate non-consumer patterns? We will collect edibles from parks, dumpsters, restaurants, markets and create a “freegan” picnic. Dress code: be ready for a little dirt and adventure. Space is limited, please RSVP to Matthew Friday at: rodechenko@yahoo.com.

7PM – 10PM: The Civil Appetites
Taste the local with food gleaned from the streets of Rochester. Come celebrate the launch of spurse’s experimental cookbook Eat Your Sidewalk and join in the discussion!

Visit our Facebook Event for more information.


Our fundraiser is nearly 50% funded! THANK YOU to everyone who has donated and helped spread the word. Please consider donating, every $1 helps! Thanks! -MC

eat it

spurse installation - work in progress

Just a reminder that the opening of Eat It at Rochester Contemporary Art Center is tonight from 6pm-10pm! Above is a work in progress shot of spurse’s installation posted to Instagram. I’ll be sharing photos from the opening tonight as well as installation shots tomorrow. If you’re going to be at the opening tonight be sure to use #thecivilappetites if you’re on Twitter and/or Instagram. We would love to see what you have to say! -MC

planning our installation

The Civil Appetites @ RoCo

Hi! Megan here. As previously mentioned, The Civil Appetites is in conjunction with the exhibition Eat It at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo). While our dinner event takes place towards the end of the exhibition, we will have an installation up for the duration of Eat It to compliment, and lead up to, our event.

Next week I will be installing our project at RoCo. Matthew and I have been working on our plan for the installation via email and phone calls. Progress is being made! I will be sure to post photos of the finished installation ASAP.

the civil appetites

spurse
>> photo courtesy spurse

The Civil Appetites is an experimental dinner event with research and design collaborative spurse, aimed at exploring future food ways and commons.

This event is taking place on May 3, 2013 during First Friday and we invite the public to stop in and participate!

Co-curated by Megan Charland and Matthew Friday. Produced by Megan Charland.

The Civil Appetites is in conjunction with the exhibition Eat It at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) April 4 – May 12, 2013.

This site will serve as both documentation of the project and a place for participants to collaborate. Join the conversation!