Many urban, migrating, wild edible plants - growing over abandoned lands, parks and wasteland, appearing in the cracks of pavements - are very valuable in terms of nutrition and healing. Among them there are many species classified as invasive - they are often placed on the lists of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) or "One Hundred of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species" (as part of the Global Invasive Species Database). The decision regarding classification of the species as invasive sometimes happens to be arbitrary - the non-native species may be considered invasive - and therefore foreign and harmful to the local environment, economy and health or considered valuable and included in the area of local biodiversity.
We would like to invite you to the feast and the lecture performance which offers an antidote to fears related to migration and (bio)diversity.
In the menu there are migrating wild plants, among others: Fallopia japonica (Japanese knotweed), Rosa rugosa (Japanese wild rose) and Robinia pseudoacacia. The dishes-experiments let trace the history of migration of wild edible plants, the impact of human activity on the migration of species, as well as media messages and the official and unofficial scientific discourse accompanying it.
The culinary performance is the result of a research expedition in search of surprising, unnoticed, forgotten, rarely used natural urban food resources. An artistic action and a research project, transforming the daily ritual of preparing a meal into a critical community experience, inspire to reflect on how politics defines the nutritional system and vice versa - how food-related choices affect the shape of the world.
The feast is a coded culinary action not only about the migration of species, but also about human history.
Tracing the history of migration of the chosen plant constellation, we will reflect on the social and political aspects of species management and human coexistence with plants and on the relationship between these processes and individual and social identity.
“The Edible Map of Migration" is the part of the practice of Dagna Jakubowska, author of critical culinary events - actions at the intersection of art, science, gastronomy and socio-political activities - proving that our menu is defined by the most important problems of the modern world, and kitchen has always been the space of performance, innovation and subversive activity.
Tickets: 50 PLN