Culinary Cultures of the Kinder/Garden

Performance Description

Is the kitchen the original laboratory? Is food BioArt? Is the garden the primordial site of technology integrated with nature? For Visualeyez, we (Kelly Andres and Alison Reiko Loader, Montreal) will explore the unseen processes of plant and bacterial life through a kitchen/lab installation and a series of performances and workshops based on our recent research at the Concordia University rooftop greenhouse in downtown Montreal. Our work comprises three strands: growth & movement of the non-animal, the assisted reproduction of plants, and the kitchen as laboratory.

Artist Biographies

Kelly Andres
Kelly Jaclynn Andres is a interdisciplinary artist fascinated with ecologies and energies; those of living cellular species such as plants and animals and those of electronic media such as radio waves, and transmission devices. Through her work she creates installations and sculptures that are participatory, alive and often quite playful. Encouraging interactions between electronic mediums and species such as yeast, bacteria, poultry, plant, and human, Andres deploys simple systems, objects and performances that allow participants to explore their immediate environment. Andres’ work has been exhibited at the Science Gallery, Dublin (with the Grafting Parlour), M:ST Performance Art Festival, Calgary, Free Radio Banff, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Babel Art Gallery, Norway, ISEA 2008, Singapore, Signal and Noise, Vancouver, CONFLUX 2007, New York, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery and Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge. Andres has had residences at Media Lab Prado, Madrid, e-MobiLArt (Greece, Finland, Austria), ISEA 2008, Singapore, Studio XX, Montreal, The Banff Centre and the Banff New Media Institute, and Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder in Trondheim Norway. Her work has been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Alberta Ecotrust. She is a PhD candidate at Concordia University, Montreal, in the interdisciplinary Humanities program.

Alison Reiko Loader
ilmmaker and digital animation specialist Alison Reiko Loader builds manipulated moving image installations that explore, expand and subvert viewer-screen relations. Her work questions objectivity and the gaze by highlighting mediation with old (re)fashioned optical devices such as stereoscopes and anamorphic cylinders. Loader’s installations have been exhibited in Canada and the U.S. She directed for the National Film Board of Canada and her animated films have screened in over seventy international film festivals.