MMMMM...Gendai Kitchen

Aug 1, 2016 - Aug 1, 2017 @ Various locations

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A year-long seasonal art multiple subscription service and series of responsive events

Summer 2016 - Spring 2017

With Mitchell Akiyama, Diane Borsato, Lesley Loksi Chan, Myung-Sun Kim, Lisa Myers, Ed Pien, Stu Sakai, and Karen Tam

Gendai Gallery invites you to participate in MMMMM...Gendai Kitchen, a food-art subscription service that delivers culinary-themed art multiples to your kitchens and stomachs. With food-inspired artist multiples, responsive performances, and critical texts, the program unfolds over the course of this four-season cycle, with one artist multiple delivery and corresponding opening event each season.

Multiples will be created by artists Myung-Sun Kim, Mitchell Akiyama, Ed Pien, and Karen Tam. Each multiple will be celebrated with a public event where partnering artists, Lisa Myers, Diane Borsato, Lesley Loksi Chan, and Stu Sakai will perform delectable responses to open each season. In all cases the artists explore the social, historical, and material dimensions of cooking and eating practices from critical, convivial, and culturally specific perspectives.

The multiples—produced in a limited edition of 50—will arrive at your door uniquely packaged, accompanied by a signed certificate that includes text about the object as well as special information on its care. By subscribing you will receive an early-bird edition of the Gendai Kitchen Almanac, FREE! (Available at the end of the project in 2017).


$250 (+shipping):


Only 50 Subscriptions available until August 27th, 2016 - or while supplies last!


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As an artistic alternative to food delivery services, and a critique of foodie culture and a culturally appropriative culinary industry, MMMMM...Gendai Kitchen weaves together five “M’s” for the project—Mapping, Myth, Mobility, Magic, and Migration—as maxims for a deeper, complicated and historical engagement with contemporary food politics, economy, and place. The goal is to intervene in our everyday cooking practices, eating lifestyles and cultural traditions and create new food for thought for our stomachs, kitchens, and social spaces.

Derived from Gendai Gallery’s new model for survival and sustainability, we are expanding on our previous experiments in modularity with a projects that takes on a fermentative approach - using bacterial culture as a guide and metaphor for our upcoming creative endeavours and organization’s reevaluation. As a mobile arts organization without a fixed location or operational funding, we feel no need to reproduce ourselves in the image of a traditional artist-run institution.

MMMMM... Gendai Kitchen is our attempt to reinvent ourselves in the form of a distributed kitchen and collaborative digestive system. Bacteria, good and bad, is found in our guts. When there is good bacteria, there is fermentation. When there is bad bacteria, there is rot. Our guts control digestion and intuition, and acutely respond to their environmental surroundings. Gendai is now thinking from the inside out, and we’re following our gut intelligence to map new trajectories of being.


One artist multiple will be shipped to subscribers each season after each public opening. The following is the program at a glance:

Summer 2016
Multiple by Myung-Sun Kim
Response by Lisa Myers
August 28, 2016
Artscape Gibaltrar Point

Fall 2016
Multiple by Mitchell Akiyama
Response by Stu Sakai
More info soon!

Winter 2017
Multiple by Ed Pien
Response by Diane Borsato
Guest Curated by Su-Ying Lee
More info soon!

Spring 2017
Multiple by Karen Tam
Response by Lesley Loksi Chan
More info soon!

PREVIEW of Summer Season multiple by Myung-Sun Kim will be available at Art Metropole on August 16.

Opening events are free and open to the public. Contact us at KITCHEN@GENDAIGALLERY.ORG with “opening news” in the subject line to receive advanced notice of dates, times and locations for each season.


Food sponsor:
PAT Central 한국식품
Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival/T&T

Venue sponsor:
Artscape Gibraltar Point

Emily Fitzpatrick and Maiko Tanaka, with the support Chris Lee and Serena Lee of Gendai’s Programming Committee

Guest curator: Su-Ying Lee

Programming Intern:
Xirui Xu (OCAD University)

Morris Lum

And Also Too

Thanks to:
Art Metropole
Tad Hozumi
Yan Wu
Carlos Yep

Gendai Gallery would like to acknowledge the support of Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, the Centre for the Study of Korea at the University of Toronto.

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