Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) is a London-based duo of spatial practitioners created to explore the systems that organise the WORLD through FOOD. Through installations, performance, mapping and video, their research-based practice explores the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture and geopolitics. Cooking Sections was part of the exhibition at the United States Pavilion in the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Their work has also been exhibited at the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York; dOCUMENTA(13); Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; Q21, Vienna; UTS Art, Sydney; CA2M, Madrid; ACC Weimar; the HKW Berlin; and the 2014 Biennale INTERIEUR Kortrijk. In addition, they were residents in The Politics of Food at the Delfina Foundation, London.

For centuries both human and non-human migration discourses have used the figure of the ‘non-native’ or ‘the alien’ as a negative input for equality and local inhabitation. Intertwining advantages and disadvantages of spaces of ‘sameness’ and ‘otherness’, the public sphere has created many fictions to generate more or less hostile, or hospitable, environments for newcomers. However, in the very basic idea of evolution, ‘the alien’ is inseparable from hybridisation and growth. In this sense, the use of fiction, and counter-fiction, is itself inside and outside a very valuable tactic for challenging abusive narratives and eventually re-thinking the future condition of a democratic society.

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