Have you ever enjoyed a meal together with friends and strangers alike?
Can you imagine a square hosting a big table that neighbours share for dinner in summer nights?
Is it possible to raise awareness and fight food waste by launching a public banquet prepared out of leftovers?
In recent years numerous initiatives worldwide have arisen using food to challenge the way people engage in urban public spaces. Combining various backgrounds such as art, architecture, activism or anthropology, this interventions have been put into practice without any commercial purpose but holding multiple intentions that range from enjoyment and celebration to education or political protest.
City Cook Book is a collection of initiatives enhancing public spaces by bringing people together through food culture. It aims to explore how food can be an effective tool to both transform our common spaces into sites for encounter and social interaction, as well as to engage with larger issues that shape our everyday urban life. Through its digital platform and its print-it-yourself publication, City Cook Book intents to visualize this phenomena, reflect upon it and inspire other initiatives.
City Cook Book is a non-profit initiative developed by Claudia Sánchez and Íñigo Cornago.
Proyecto financiado por Ayudas Creación Injuve
Project funded by Ayudas Creación Injuve
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The project is tasting river water as soups. Familiar soups, like miso soup for Japanese people, were cooked in the river water. And then, the soups were shared with the people. This project is practised as a video work, workshop and guerrilla performance in the city.
In this project, the soups appeared as identities of each culture. Almost every culture has soups. Through sitting around a table and sharing the soups, the project proposes to share the cultures and the issues on the dirty river water in the city.
We should not forget that all rivers are connected to the ocean. We all share the ocean with all creatures on earth. The human life, various cultures, histories and also battles began in waterside, and our ancestors lived a simple way of life when people didn’t have any borders of countries.
Born in Japan in 1985, Miku Sato studied at Musashino Art University in Tokyo. Currently her work involves moving among different cities in order to develop research based projects through engagement and practices with local people in different cultures.
Her approach towards the intervals and spaces that exist between the public and private domains, between the active and passive, proposes new perspectives on our society and generates alternative forms of communications among our community.