A Moveable Feast 1

Thu Jul 12, 2012 - 7:30 pm - Thu Jul 12, 2012 - 11:59 pm @ Gendai Workstation Backyard

Join us at the backyard of soon-to-end Gendai Workstation on July 12th for A Moveable Feast before Gendai evolves into a mobile organization later this summer. For this site-specific fundraiser we invite you to engage in playful modes of 'investment' in Gendai alongside the workers, artists, designers, architects, performers and writers who have embarked on this new trajectory with us. Come and be our guests as we serve sensibilities and speculations towards Gendai's future through food, performances and good company!

When and Where
• Thursday July 12th, 2012
Gendai Workstation, 1265 Bloor Street West (Bloor and Lansdowne)
Arrival 7:30pm. Dinner 8pm.

How much
• $155/person
• 3 Romantic Tables: $310/table for two
(Purchase ticket at the bottom of the page or call to confirm 647.200.6161)

A glimpse into the fun night

Chef Nathan Isberg and his Atlantic
On July 12th, Chef Nathan Isberg will harbour the Atlantic Restaurant at the Gendai Workstation and open up its operation to the public. The Atlantic makes food that makes the most of a restaurant’s role as mediator of farms and hungry people by trying to support the former by purchasing seasonal and local produce at market prices and the latter by cooking these things with care. Nathan cooks everything to order and by hand so this is inherently slow food; the dishes are served as they are prepared and we encourage sharing dishes as they come. Slow food is also about taking your time eating too…

"We exist in a world we don’t see. Everywhere we go we are immersed in a sea of life- bacteria, yeasts, spores, and pollen circulate around us looking for hospitable hosts to propagate. In the right context, this invisible world creates complex cultures that transform the mundane (water, milk, flour, leafy greens) into complex expressions of ingredients and their environment. To work with these microorganisms, we have to create the conditions for them to thrive and we have to be receptive to how they develop in a particular place. If this is done with care, the results are sublime. As a gallery, Gendai has pulled the unvisible into a small space on Bloor, drawing out the inherent potential in it, helping create new culture. To reflect this work, and their rhizomatic movements to new locales, we will be preparing a meal that draws on traditions of fermentation as expressions of time and location. Kombucha, sourdough bread, nuka pickles, cheese, &c. p from various locations as well as ingredients hand-picked from close by will all be incorporated into a Japanese omakase menu of 12 courses accompanied by local sake and other fermented drinks. The meal will explore the spontaneous, collaborative and reciprocal relationships of places, objects & subjects to create a refined artistic work that references East Asia, thus embodying Gendai Gallery’s ongoing mandate."

- Chef Nathan Isberg

Servers Wanted
A Moveable Feast presents a special edition of service by artist: Mitchell Akiyama, Yam Lau, and Stu Sakai. They will be your servers for the meal and deliver you a night of delight. In addition, Gendai Board president, Marilyn Jung will serve as our Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening.

Romantic Table
In addition to the communal tables designed and built by the ArchitectureDJs-in-Residence, Anne Ehrlich and Jonathan Wong in collaboration with Guest Builder, Isaac Flagg in the backyard of the Workstation, three romantic tables for two are available for your moments of intimacy. Reserve your spot at the communal or romantic tables soon!

CN Tower Liquidation: the Leaky Deck
Three young men believe they have constructed a ship or vessel out of salvaged wood from the Gendai Workstation. They have, in fact, constructed a multi-level tree-house with spectacular views of neighbouring backyards. The Leaky Deck goes great with beards, salt water, white hair, mirrors, and fish.

Nuka is special pickle bed of bacterial culture that needs to be stirred every day. Artist Stu Sakai led an internal workshop in Nuka making at Gendai and the pickle will be served at various Gendai events, beginning with A Moveable Feast. The Nuka bed will be continually maintained by Gendai staff. Since it is bacterial, the Nuka can also be shared with others to begin “children” Nuka beds.

Gift of Future
Souvenirs from the feast will be available to take home with you: a place-mat with a speculative map of Gendai's mobile future and a keychain made of found materials at the Workstation for your future emergency.

Just in case you don’t know us very well…
Gendai was founded as a not-for-profit art space in 2000 to promote excellence in contemporary art and design with an emphasis on work made by Canadian and international artists of Japanese ancestry and the broader East Asian community. In 2009 the mandate of Gendai was shifted to cultivate dialogue through contemporary art, focusing on experimental collaborations with contemporary artists and organizations for the production and dissemination of artwork from East Asian perspectives.--> http://www.gendaigallery.org

Gendai Workstation (Aug 2011 – Aug 2012) is a shifting site of collaboration which harnesses installation, improvisation and curation as tools for spatial transformation. Artists, architects, builders, magicians, chefs and gardeners contribute to the ongoing evolution of the Workstation, inviting the public to join in the playful interrogation of traditional artistic and architectural practices.--> http://www.gendaigallery.org/workstation/blog

Lastly and importantly,
All proceeds of the event will provide vital funds to Gendai's future programming, support and mobile maintenance. We need you! For any questions, please contact Haley Uyeda at haley.uyeda@gmail.com.

see you at the feast?

Yours sincerely,

*Gendai Fundraising Committee

* Gendai Fundraising Committee consists of Gendai Board of Directors Stephanie Barnes, Maria Coates, Marilyn Jung, Louise Noguchi, June Pak, and Maiko Tanaka, Programme Director, Yan Wu, and Gallery Coordinator, Haley Uyeda.

Gendai sincerely thanks all the participating artists and contributors for their generosity and support.

Event sponsor: Ontario Spring Water Sake Company

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