How our curiosity to discover our actual urban environment and eat from it could transform us, and our perception of the world.
Join us for an engaging on SPURSE’s North America wide urban food + ecology project: EAT YOUR SIDEWALK – a radical call to rethink what it means to eat local and be-of-a-place. Attendees will be taken on an eye-opening journey from Nome to Detroit and into the heart of NYC to re-imagine our place in the world and the role of eating. SPURSE will also be serving experimental foraged food dishes that will give participants a way to taste the actualities of Manhattan. A discussion will follow the lecture. This lecture will cap a day of events at Marymount Manhattan College including a foraging walk and film screening (details below).
11:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. “Underfoot: Urban Foraging & Novel Urban Ecosystems – a Walk Across the Upper East Side” (Note: places are limited. please RSVP by emailing Hallie Cohen firstname.lastname@example.org). Dress appropriate to the weather.
2:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. Screening of THE GLEANERS & I by Agnes Varda, and discussion at Marymount Manhattan College in the Regina Peruggi Room.
6:30-8:00 p.m. EAT YOUR SIDEWALK – A Public Talk by SPURSE in the Commons West. SPURSE will also be serving experimental foraged food dishes that will give participants a way to taste the actualities of Manhattan. A discussion will follow the lecture.
SPURSE is a collective of ecosystem designers/artists. Their work has been at the forefront of experimental ecological research and design for over the last decade. While developing ground-breaking practices, projects and events at the intersections of art, design, ecology and urbanism they have collaborated with communities from the high arctic to the inner cities in Bolivia, via projects ranging from restaurants, to wetlands to micro-biology laboratories, to effect real change. The art SPURSE makes are things like public policy papers, oral history archives, foraging guides, multi-species commons, cookbooks, environmentally engineered wetlands, restaurants, micro-biota laboratories, nomadic clothing and housing systems, research institutes to study urbanism and smart phone applications. They have exhibited and led workshops internationally. Much of their current work focuses on re-imagining place and developing urban ecosystems and multi-species foraging commons. More on SPURSE can be found at spurse.org.