• Fri 14 09 2018 •
Urban Feast: the Edible Map of Migration Dagna Jakubowska


Venue: Christuskirche, Dorothee-Sölle-Platz 1, 50672 Köln
In english language

Limited seating.
Please reserve a seat by emailing by 9 9 2018.

The event accompanies the opening of Floraphilia. Plants as archives exhibition.

Many wild, urban, migrating edible plants – growing over abandoned parks and wasteland, appearing in the cracks of pavements – are valuable in terms of nutrition and healing properties. Among them there are many species classified as invasive, which often appear on the lists of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and 100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species (as part of the Global Invasive Species Database). Decisions to classify species as invasive sometimes happen to be arbitrary. A non-native species may be considered invasive, and therefore harmful to the local environment, economy and health, or it may be considered valuable and included in areas of local biodiversity. We would like to invite you to a culinary performance and workshop which offers an antidote to fears related to migration and (bio)diversity. The migrating wild plants on the menu include: Fallopia japonica (Japanese knotweed), Rosa rugosa (Japanese wild rose) and Robinia pseudoacacia (Black locust). Cooking experiments let us trace the history of migration of wild edible plants, the impact of human activity on species migration, and media messages and official and unofficial scientific discourses accompanying them. The performance is the result of expeditions in search of surprising, unnoticed, forgotten and 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, it aims to inspire reflection on how politics defines the nutritional system and vice versa – how food-related choices affect the shape of the world.

The Menu: Dagna Jakubowska, Niko Willborn
The Chef: Niko Willborn
Graphic Design Collaboration: Aleksandra Przegalińska