Open A.I.R. 2015: D-LAB The Center for Food Perception and Aesthetics

April 15-17, 2015

The Center for Food Perception and Aesthetics is a 3-day socially-engaged collaborative project of Dialogue-Lab (D-Lab). In this iteration, D-LAB, examines food production, consumption, service, convenience, and cultural identity in 21st century Kansas through the practice of an artist researcher. The project employs local and regional partnerships to explore a range of food-related issues.

D-LAB is an ongoing project of artist Sean Starowitz. D-Lab hosts collaborative research projects, utilizing public programs and projects, conversations, workshops, and exhibitions. D-LAB aims to place artists, collaborators, and attendees into equal roles that generate socially-engaged endeavors.

The Beach Museum of Art and the Prairie Studies Initiative are grateful to several K-State departments for their support of this project. In addition, special thanks to Radina's Bakehouse, The Land Institute, and Farm to Market Bread Co.

Public events:

All programs take place at the Beach Museum of Art and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Open Cookbook: recipe Exchange and Archive

April 15-17, 2015, during museum open hours

In the Center throughout residency people are encouraged to take and leave 4x6 recipe cards.

Drop-in Discussion: The Convenience of Uniformity

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 10:00 am - noon

Join the conversation about the convenience of uniformity; looking at forced serving size in the context of coffee, bread, other beverages and foods (12 oz, 16 oz, 24 oz).

Drop-in Discussion: Platforms for Food Sustainability

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Join the conversation about the platforms for food sustainability; thinking about access and the future of real food.

Drive Thru Nation

Thursday, April 16, 2015 10:00-noon

Join Sean for an interactive workshop and presentation on car culture and food.

Sean Starowitz will be joined by current graduate students in landscape architecture.

Roundtable Discussion: The Art of Fermentation

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Join the artist for a roundtable discussion about The Art of Fermentation. Roundtable topics include beer brewing, sourdough and yeast bread making, and cheese making.

Artist talk by Sean Starowitz

Thursday, April 16, 6:00 pm

Artist talk by Sean Starowitz in the UMB Theatre, followed by a reception.

Interpretive performance by Jui Mhatre

Thursday, April 16, 7:00 pm

“Happy Meals” an interpretive performance by Jui Mhatre.

Informal Roundtable Discussion

Friday, April 17, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Stop in for an Informal Roundtable Discussion with leaders from the Rural Grocery Program, the Global Food Initiative, and the Land Institute.