DIANA GEORGE, GERRY SHIKATANI
January 29–April 9, 2002
The Office for Soft Architecture is curating Food and Death; a series of talks discussing themes of food and death at Artspeak Gallery in January and at Blake’s in April 2002. The Office seeks to construct a civic forum for the discussion and ornamentation of everyday practices of transience. Mortality and nutrition supply the parentheses of corporal experience. We wish to intervene in their design, and encourage their discursive reconfiguration as radically liminal sensual sites.
Diana George: Our Postmortem Condition – January 29th, 2002 – Artspeak Gallery.
Diana George worked for several years in Seattle as a funeral home receptionist and caretaker. Her experience in the death industry led to a series of writings on the cultural and architectural history of death, in relation to modern philosophies of the subject.
Gerry Shikatani: Provisions, mes amuses-tetes – April 9th, 2002 – Blake’s.
Gerry Shikatani devotes much of his time to gastronomy. His book A passion For Food: Conversations with Canadian Chefs was chosen a favourite amongst the best food books in 1999. He has been the restaurant critic for The Toronto Star, and interviewed some of the world’s greatest chefs.