Disorganising Metabolisms

Disorganising, is a project between West Space, Liquid Architecture and Bus Projects; an open and expanding conversation that looks to experiment with divergent ways of organising and creating. It is a practice of coming together and collectively building an arts ecology that sustains us and our communities. for this project Food Art Research Network & School of Instituting Otherwise produced a series of conversations with artists who have food “instituting” projects.

We spoke with are with Mariana Martinez Balvanera one of the founders of Cocina CoLaboratorio who meet across tables to create spaces of biocultural diversity in Mexico and Malini Kochupillai who is founder Tenacious Bee Collective based in Himachal Pradesh, India. They each bring scientists, researchers, artists and community together to restore and care for indigenous foodscapes.

We then spoke with Ira Barker (Gunditjmara and Barkindji) who works with indigenous growers Murnong Mummas on Djadja Wurrung Country and Kathrin Böhm founder of Company Drinks, a foraged drinks company in Barking and Dagenham in the east end of London. The final interview with Grace Banu of Manthithoppu Milk Coopertative Society in Tamil Nadu will be shared in text form as part of our new writing platform.

disorganising isn’t a project, it’s a way of living.

– Meenakshi Thirukode

Madeleine and Meenakshi interviewed friends and colleagues in different contexts that are creating long term artist-led infrastructures that address environmental and economic urgencies. We wanted to find out about how artists care for each other and the earth.  To learn more about practices that challenge art world hierarchies and invent new modes of circulation.  We asked what are the creative, governing and methodological practices that nurture shifts away from capitalist production and that care for the more than human biosphere we share. We are hugely thankful to those that have taken part in these conversations.

We also produced a collaborative text which is part of the disorganising workbook. And we led a workshop with an incredible contribution from Linda Knight on mapping our mouths while collectively eating a meal. disorganising metabolisms asked how we can disorganise our relationships with global economies through our metabolisms?

Disorganising workbook
This conversation is with Malini Kochupllai who is part of the amazing team that run Tenacious Bee Collective who bring scientists, researchers, artists and community together to restore and care for indigenous bee keeping practices. https://tenaciousbee.com/our-team
This conversation is with Mariana Martinez Balvanera who is part of the amazing team that run Cocina CoLaboratorio in Mexico who bring scientists, researchers, artists and community together to share knowledge over a kitchen table.

This conversation is with Ira Barker who is part of the amazing team that run Murnong Mummas on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in Central Victoria. They are part of an indigenous led catering and native plant growing local enterprise.
This conversation is with Kathrin Böhm who is part of the team that run Company Drinks in Barking and Dagenham who have started a community led drinks company. Kathrin Böhm is also an artist who is part of my villages, she facilitates Centre for Plausible Economies and brings artists and rural knowledges into dialogue.

Disorganising is a project between West Space, Liquid Architecture and Bus Projects; an open and expanding conversation that looks to experiment with divergent ways of organising and creating. We are thrilled to be part of this conversation with the School of Instituting Otherwise and the Food Art Research Network.