Living cultures – fermentation as social imagination

A talk, an interactive session and the sharing of a 100 year old living yogurt culture.

Standing on the edge of a collapsing human culture many of us either go into denial or despair. We need to change but we don’t know how. To help us navigate into unfamiliar territories we need new models and narratives that will make the transition easier to imagine.

Bacteria are the most successful creatures on earth. They have remarkable survival and adaptation strategies to cope with change. They also have sophisticated and sensitive communication skills with rapid response systems that make them both highly creative and eminent collaborators as well as experts of transformation.

Inspired by bacteria, how can humans create sustainable and thriving cultures based on collaboration and symbiotic, non-linear relationships to cope with the challenges we are now facing? Can the process of fermentation in e.g. yogurt provide a model for re-imagining sustainable, human cultures?

In this unique mixture of micro and macro perspectives  art meets microorganisms to create new outlooks, social transformation and exceedingly good yogurt!


Cartographies of Hope: Change Narratives

DOX Centre for Contemporary Arts, Prague, Czech Republic

22. 11. 2012 – 21. 2. 2013

“Living Cultures – fermentation as social imagination”

An early version of my film Breath was screened throughout the exhibition and I gave a talk, did an interactive workshops and culture sharing session.

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