2021 seminar



ENG (See Spanish below)

8 Online Sessions - 180€
Every Monday from 19:00 to 21:00 UTC+1
Starting May 17th until July 5th

All classes are in English

For Inscriptions send an email to studies@instituteforpostnaturalstudies.org


        An online course pursuing the reconceptualisation of the world through food. We aim to establish food and cooking as inherent signifiers of human culture, and therefore ideal material for the world-making process. We will justify cuisine’s crucial role for the human being as a social individual and demonstrate how society’s structures of power and hierarchy throughout history can be discussed using the dinner metaphor. We find food the best platform to talk about politics.

        With the backdrop of the Anthropocene - a raging climate crisis, a world-wide pandemic, systemic racism and social inequalities, all wrapped neatly in clean, shiny plastic-coated capitalism - this course explores food as beginning, middle and end, in circular symbiosis. Departing from a study of food and cooking as kosmos, we will discuss the value of cooking as world-builder and society-maker, whilst investigating artists who, across history, have used food as material, subject and metaphor. This course will look at how colonial practices, religion and capitalist structures of power have shaped the way we eat and relate to food, and conversely how it has shaped us - proposing practices such as fermentation, foraging, communal seed keeping, herbal knowledge and regenerative agriculture as radical acts of care and togetherness in the face of global homogenisation.


Session I & II
  • Food & cooking as kosmos
  • Food as genesis of society

Session III
  • Table manners
  • Chaos

Session IV & V
  • Agriculture and civilization
  • Cuisine and cultural appropriation & race

Session VI

Session VII & VIII
  • Food in the Anthropocene 
  • Food and autonomy


        Nora Silva (b. Madrid) is a Spanish-Chilean researcher and artist based in London and Madrid. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in July 2017, and, as an artist, has performed at leading UK institutions such as Tate Exchange, Design Museum and Camden Arts Centre in London. Nora uses performance as a signifying tool, active process in the genesis of alternative cosmologies, as a mechanism to resist imposed subjectivities. As a researcher, Nora is interested in the role of food in the arts, the postnatural and contemporary socio political theory. She also co-directs The Gramounce, an exhibition supper club, and MilesKm, an arts collective for the research of collaborative practices within the arts.

        Inês Neto dos Santos is a multi-disciplinary artist, born in Lisbon (1992) and based between Brussels and London. She completed an MA in Visual Communication at Royal College of Art (2016) and a BA in Graphic and Media Design and Illustration at London College of Communication (2013).
        Her practice stands between performance and installation, using food, people and spaces as metaphors and prompts for discussion and conversation. She creates contexts and frameworks through which to explore sustainability, narrative, collaboration and togetherness. Alongside her art practice, Inês teaches, writes and cooks - to inform her work in a variety of ways. Her work has been exhibited in London, Lisbon, Madrid, Kuwait, Athens and Porto.

    Yurika Imaseki is a curator currently pursuing MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London. Previously based in Tokyo, she has worked for Yokohama Triennale 2020 in a curatorial team and done Internship at the National Art Center, Tokyo. Her research deals with power dynamics, social issues, and politics. Research areas thus include colonialism, material culture, and food politics. Recently, she has been concerned with the global tea trade and its relationship to identity and colonialism, aiming to create a platform for the production of non canonical narratives. Yurika’s recent and upcoming curatorial work includes Whisper Zone, held at Goldsmiths, Centre for Language and Literacies; Regroundings, a film programme supported by the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art; Set The Table, held at St. John’s Park as part of Deptford X.


8 Sesiones online · 180€
Todos los lunes de 19:00 a 21:00
Desde el 17 de mayo hasta el 5 de abril

Inscripciones en el correo electrónico: studies@instituteforpostnaturalstudies.org

Todas las clases son en inglés.

        Food Cosmogonies es un seminario online que persigue la reconceptualización del mundo a través de la comida. Nuestro objetivo es establecer los alimentos y la cocina como símbolos inherentes de la cultura humana, y por lo tanto material ideal para el proceso de creación del mundo. Entenderemos el papel crucial de la cocina para el ser humano como individuo social y demostraremos cómo a lo largo de la historia las estructuras de jerarquía y poder en la sociedad pueden ser discutidas usando la metáfora de la cena. Apostamos que la comida es la mejor herramienta para hablar de política.

        Con el telón de fondo del Antropoceno —una crisis climática, una pandemia mundial, el racismo sistémico y las desigualdades sociales, todo ello envuelto en un limpio y brillante capitalismo recubierto de plástico— este curso explora la comida como principio, medio y fin, en simbiosis circular. Partiendo de un estudio de la comida y la cocina como kosmos, discutiremos el valor de la cocina como constructora del mundo y creadora de sociedades, al tiempo que investigaremos a los artistas que, a lo largo de la historia, han utilizado la comida como material, tema y metáfora. En este curso se examinará la forma en que las prácticas coloniales, la religión y las estructuras capitalistas de poder han configurado la forma en que comemos y nos relacionamos con los alimentos y, a la inversa, la forma en que nos han configurado, proponiendo prácticas como la fermentación, la búsqueda de alimentos, la conservación comunal de semillas, el conocimiento de las hierbas y la agricultura regenerativa como actos radicales de cuidado y unión frente a la homogeneización mundial.


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