URBANE: Exploring Our Urban Relationship to Food

19th-25th February 2015

Tent Gallery

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With 66% of the world’s population expected to be living in urban areas by 2050, now is the time to ask- how will we sustain these populations within the competing uses of city space? Have city dwellers lost all sense of connection with the rural, and in doing so, alienated themselves from the production of the very sustenance that keeps them alive?

URBANE is part of Edible Cities Edinburgh, a larger event that investigates food within the past, present and future context of Edinburgh.

View the digital exhibition catalogue here.

Exhibiting artists:

A Growing Exchange Alex Wilde, Annechien Meier, Gert-Jan Gerlach


A Growing Exchange film

Still from the film

A documentary film showing the influence of political, social and spatial development of urban agriculture in The Hague and Glasgow and explores the consequences and effects on both cities and their inhabitants.

Fiscal Flora: A Botanical Walking Tour of Edinburgh’s Financial District Daisy Lafarge

Audio tour

Fiscal Flora is an audio work exploring how the use of natural and holistic language and aesthetics are used in the corporate sphere to manipulate and enhance public relations. (Download available via BandCamp)

Dairy House Open Jar Collective

Public art project

A pop-up milk bar was built for the Environmental Art Festival Scotland to create a space for rumination and conversation with the public about milk and the dairy industry.

Culture Soup Sam Cook, Emily Parry, Sofia Sefraoui

Up-cycled portable food trolley

Using local and sustainable foods we are producing soup for the exhibition. The (free) soup will be situated outside the gallery space, although will serve to bring viewers in to the gallery.

Orchard City poster series (4 of 8) Jonathan Baxter and Sarah Gittins

A2 silkscreen posters

Since 2013, Dundee Urban Orchard have been working with individuals and community groups to plant and care for small scale orchards across Dundee. The posters celebrate the people and values that sustain the project.

Fruits (from: Fruits Series) Shannon McBride

Wax, pigments, faux hair, shellac, grocery container

“Fruits” allude to human interaction with nature, suggesting food politics, GMO’s and chemical agriculture. The series addresses the “artificialization” of nature, and the fine line between natural and artificial.

Raw,Cooked, Rotten Zoe Polycarpou

Bread, tin, wood

Viewers are invited to get involved in a loaf of bread’s transformation through the stages of food discussed in Claude Levi-Strauss’ ‘Culinary Triangle’: from ‘raw’ to ‘cooked’ to the inevitably ‘rotten’.

Natural Fibers Coral Mallow

Foraged candy and food wrappers, polyester thread

This is not an exercise in upcycling.

This is a reassessment of what is natural.

This is looking at the reality of our present normal.

This is what constitutes a natural harvest.

Orchard City Manifesto Anne-Marie Culhane, Fruit Routes Map Anne-Marie Culhane and The Abundance Handbook Anne-Marie Culhane & Stephen Watts featuring illustrations by Monika Mitkute & Jo Salter

The Orchard City Manifesto is based on the experience of creating the Abundance urban fruit harvesting project in Sheffield, the manifesto proposes the adoption of an Orchard City vision as a meta-narrative for future urban development.

Fruit Routes Map is a map & guide to foraging and new trees planted at Loughborough University as part of a trans-disciplinary project to develop an edible campus and a local food culture involving staff, students and the local community.

The Abundance Handbook is available in printed format or as free download from http://www.growsheffield.com

A guide to community urban fruit harvesting.

Seeds Away Ollla at Work

Postcards, seeds

Seeds Away was a participatory project developed in the neighborhood and with the community of La Nizanerie, in the city of Nantes, France.

Frame #2 Marion Preez, UrbanPioneers l Stadtpioniere

Participatory public art intervention

Workshop and art installation which takes the question ‘How can we sustain ourselves within our city spaces?’ from the gallery space onto the streets of Edinburgh. As part of this workshop 18 participants explored the city centre, investigating where and how food growing could take place by installing 21 picture frames.

URBANE was curated by The Dinner Lab and sponsored by Pickering’s Gin.

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