Kitchens, traditionally the centre of domestic life, served as innate sites of cultural, social and knowledge production. It is in the kitchen where habitually, the universal and essential ingredient of all meals was utilised; time.
Yet time is progressively a fundamental element missing from our everyday kitchen and food encounters. Approaches to cooking and eating are increasingly mobilised, with a preference food that quick to make and consume. In reducing time from our kitchen activity, complex recipes involving multiple processes, often embodying familial, cultural and sentimental value of preceding generations, are at risk of disappearing. The kitchen becomes a thoroughfare, a temporal relationship.
Things We Miss is a durational performance by Kim Siew and Eleni Christou, concerned with the artist’s experience of ephemeral culinary exchanges with place and time in the past and present. Using domestic objects from their own homes, Kim and Eleni will recreate the intimacy of the domestic kitchen at Thirning Villa, where they will prepare a variety of time intensive dishes. During this period, visitors are invited to add their own temporal element to the installation by joining the artists at the kitchen table, observing or participating in the preparation. The menu of recipes will be released closer to the date.
Kitchen is open from 11am – 4pm, Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th February. All are welcome.
Community Feast: Saturday 15th February 6-9pm – free food and drinks provided to all.
On Sunday 16th to close the four days of cooking Eleni and Kim will host coffee and treats for an informal and intimate chat in the kitchen from 2- 4pm.
Things We Miss takes place on the stolen lands of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation. We acknowledge the ongoing spiritual and cultural ties of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nartion to the waterways, land and sky since time immemorial and we wish to pay respects to elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.