Jessica Mautner - Life Friendly Project
For the life friendly residency Jessica plans to explore the benign potential
of "slow". Through this she aims to open up a dialogue about giving ourselves, our projects and
others space the time to germinate and grow organically, especially in
the context of city living.
The project is inspired by Chinese
"thousand-year-old eggs": exploring this idea mainly through
cooking, as a counterpoint to 'fast food'. It is important for Jessica to
focus on basics - make suggestions and models that are available to
anyone in society, using low cost and easily found ingredients and
simple kitchen utensils, and cheap low-carbon cooking methods.
Jessica points out that "this
isn't about health, or about how the ingredients are grown or supplied
this time, but much closer to home, more about making something that
requires regular attention and nurture but also does a lot of activity
and development on its own. For me personally as an artist it is a
proposed solution to the problem of having little paid time to make work
but wanting to reach beyond fast/instantaneous production in art to
make something more considered and gradual in what feels like a more
natural process. This is an area I am particularly interested
in/struggling with in my practice at the moment and seems very apt for
the life-friendly topic".
This project will coincide with the Slow Art Day on Saturday 28 April, where the public will be able to see what foods-in-progress are being created.
Jessica will also be inviting
the other residents and also visitors to draw what some of these slow foods might