Temporary Spaces, Edible Places: Vancouver. Burrard Marina Field House CAG (Contemporary Art Gallery)
19 April 2015
On the 3rd of April I hosted a picnic event at the Burrard Marina Field House, the first in a series that will form part of the project I am creating through the CAG (http://www.contemporaryartgallery.ca/events/keg-de-souzatemporary-space-edible-places-vancouver/)
The picnic was comprised of ‘typical’ Canadian food, including Kraft Dinner, a boxed macaroni cheese dish that is apparently the most common food item sold in Canadian grocery stores but also included more geographically specific items, such as traditional First Nations healing teas. This menu was formed by speaking with various Vancouver residents interested in local food including; urban gardeners, food justice groups and farm to table restauranteurs. The menu was not meant to be a definitive assemblage of ‘Canadian food,’ but rather a starting point for the discussion. Perhaps what was missing or what the picnickers disagree with as being local is more interesting than what the actual food is.
The resulting map, I created throughout the picnic by mapping out the conversation as it unfolded onto the flooring, left some interesting connections, opinions and observations about food. This map will be transformed into a print, documenting the picnic.