We are delighted to announce Gaia Art Foundation’s support of the upcoming book The Empire Remains Shop by Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe), a London based independent duo of spatial practitioners who explore the systems that organize the world through food.
The Empire Remains Shop took place as a public installation in 2016 in London. It was conceived as a storefront display with event spaces and acted as a platform to discuss the global circulation of food and consumer choices. The concept originates from Empire Shops, envisioned but never realized in the 1920s, to promote food trade between Britain and its overseas territories.
Based on the 2016 public installation, the book catalogues and develops the installation's critical program of discussions, performances, dinners, installations, and screenings hosted at 91–93 Baker Street. The pieces in this book use food to trace new geographies across the present and future of our postcolonial planet.
Structured as a franchise agreement, The Empire Remains Shop lays out some of the landscapes, imaginaries, economies, and aesthetics that future iterations of the shop would need to address in order to think through political counter structures for a better distributed, hyper-globalized world.
Published by Columbia University Press, the book includes a foreword by Elizabeth A. Povinelli and contributions from Elisabetta Brighi, Filipa César, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Jesse Connuck, Daniel Conway, Annalee Davis, Forager Collective, FRAUD, Ros Gray, Raphaël Grisey, Nitasha Kaul, Harry Keene, Laleh Khalili, Richie Maitland, Asunción Molinos, Shela Sheikh, Shahmen Suku/Radha La Bia, Bouba Touré, and Nicole Wolf.
Click here to pre-order the book from Columbia University Press.