marisa jahn: recipes for an encounter

Editors: Marisa Jahn, Berin Golonu, Candice Hopkins
Publishers: Western Front & REV-

Recipes for an Encounter (Fall 2009) functions as a literary or discursive extension to the group exhibition “Kits for an Encounter” that was on view at Western Front April 25 to May 31, 2008. As instructions that foretell of future culinary moments based on those from the past, the act of writing a recipe always occurs as a deliberate pause, temporally displaced from its actuation.

Consider, for example, computer viruses whose execution might result in a technological disaster; the architectural plans for a utopian city based on its existing infrastructural and schematological remains; instructions on making the ideal Molotov Cocktail; or preparatory directions for the antidote to a life-threatening poison that is otherwise tenuously passed through speech over millennia. For these written constitutions that are intended to change or preserve the future, their adherence only enunciates the interpretive space between writing and enactment. Through an interdisciplinary lens that brings together art, architecture, literature, and political science, “Recipes for an Encounter” explores the anticipatory nature of recipes together with their promise of what will unfold, take place, be consumed.

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