Gaia Art Foundation and Delfina Foundation are delighted to announce an open call for UK and international practitioners to participate in season 5 of ‘The Politics Of Food’ 2022. The programme will focus on the most pressing issue of our time: the climate emergency.
Agriculture alone is responsible for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions, 92% of global water use, 38% of earth’s ice-free land, and is a major source of biodiversity loss and land degradation. In our oceans, the impact of the world’s fastest growing food production system – intensive aquaculture – encapsulates the complexity of future “sustainable” diets as nutritional, policy and environmental factors rub against one another. Addressing how and what we eat is critical to the survival of both human and more than human species.
Since 2014, ‘The Politics of Food’ programme has worked with artists, activists, agronomists, artisans, bakers, butchers, chefs, economists, farmers, fermenters, foragers, historians, scientists, policy makers, nutritionists and more, delivering over 100 residencies with public programmes taking the format of meals, exhibitions, walks, talks, pickings and a pop-up cafe. The first book dedicated to the topic was published at the end of 2019 and is distributed by Sternberg Press.
For this open call, Gaia Art Foundation and Delfina Foundation are open to a variety of responses to our sub-theme, but we are particularly interested in interdisciplinary collaborations between artists/curators and researchers seeking to evolve ideas beyond this residency and traditional art spaces. In addition to creative practitioners, we are keen to receive applications from researchers, including but not limited to traditional knowledge holders, academic researchers, scientists, ecologists and gastronomes alike, who are interested in this form of collaboration. Opportunities will be available for in-person residencies and virtual engagement, as well as public programme events. This open call should therefore be considered as an expression of interest to participate in a range of ways.
Before applying, we strongly encourage applicants to look at Delfina Foundation’s previous seasons of The Politics of Food and book, as participants will be selected based on how they are building on and complementing our existing body of work.
To apply please head to the Delfina Foundation website and complete the application form.