12 – 9pm, Saturday 2nd June. British Library Piazza Marquee, London.
Taste locally produced food, explore sensory rituals and enjoy a range of creative activities and a very special multi-course Banquet hosted by artist Gayle Chong Kwan, in partnership with the King’s Cross Skip Garden & Kitchen.
Inspired by Chong Kwan’s research into the politics of food at the British Library and the historic role played by the site of King’s Cross in UK consumption habits. Taking place in a lavishly decorated Marquee on the British Library Piazza, this day of activity invites audiences to consider their environment through the lens of food.
During a day of free drop-in workshops and a ticketed evening Banquet, Chong Kwan asks us to place ourselves ‘at the crossroads’ of our food and lifestyle choices. These events will invite us to explore the urgent turning point we find ourselves – as a culture, country and species – as we consider how our individual and collective decisions around food are impacting on climate change and the health of future generations.
‘At the Crossroads: Microclimate Sensory Banquet and Family Workshops’ is part of ‘Under Her Eye: Women and Climate’ a summit and arts festival that explores and celebrates the role of women taking action on climate change curated by Invisible Dust, as part of the 2018 Suffrage Centenary, headlined by Booker-prize winning author, Margaret Atwood.
‘Microclimate Sensory Family Workshops’
British Library Piazza Marquee, 2nd June, 12 – 2pm. Free and open to all ages – just drop in. More info
Take part in a series of plant-based workshops, performances and immersive rituals exploring our relationship with food and our environment. Hosted by Gayle Chong Kwan and King Cross Skip Garden and Kitchen.
Ticketed Event – ‘At the Crossroads: Microclimate Sensory Banquet’ : Hosted by Gayle Chong Kwan and the Kings Cross Skip Garden and Kitchen.
British Library Piazza Marquee, 2nd June, 7-9pm. 18+
Places strictly limited. Tickets £35 – £31 available from the British Library Box Office
A multi-course banquet for the senses where guests will be invited to taste, touch and feel their environment like never before. Rituals and performances will be combined with exquisite food and bespoke cocktails served up the skilled chef team from the Kings Cross Skip Garden and Kitchen.
Gayle Chong Kwan Biography:
Gayle Chong Kwan is a London based artist whose large-scale photographic, installation, sound, participatory, and video work is exhibited nationally and internationally, both in major galleries and in the public realm. Her work is an ongoing investigation into simulacra and the sublime, which she explores through constructed immersive environments and mise-en-scenes, constructed in states of resolution and dissolution between imagined futures, alternative presents, and fictional mechanisms. Recent exhibitions this year include a public real commission for Nuit Blanche, Toronto and William Morris Gallery, London.
‘Microclimate Banquet’ by Gayle Chong Kwan, photo credit David Chalmers, 2017