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Thursday, July 27 • 3:15pm - 4:45pm
The Gastronome in You | David Szanto
In 2013, David Szanto’s close friend and colleague Gigi Frassanito died of stomach cancer, a particularly cruel experience for a man who cared so intensely about what he put in his body. At his memorial celebration, Gigi’s mother gave pieces of his twenty-year-old pasta madre (sourdough starter) to all of his friends and family. “The Gastronome in You” is a multi-phase research-performance project centered on this yeast culture. Through breadmaking, art installation, and storytelling, the work continues to explore themes of death, memory, the microbiome, and the persistence of humanness. For the Kneading Confererence, David will lead a workshop about this project, including a short performance and presentation, several hands-on activities, and a Q&A/discussion about merging practice and theory within food practice.

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David Szanto

Researcher, Artist, Teacher
David Szanto is a researcher, artist, and teacher, taking an experimental approach to food scholarship through design, ecosophy, and performativity. From 2007 to 2017, he worked for Italy’s University of Gastronomic Sciences, most recently as professor-at-large and director of the Eco-Gastronomy Project, an international knowledge-exchange initiative about foodways and food systems. Past projects include collaborations with digital and robotics artists to examine socio-technical hybridities, curatorial work at the intersection of academia, art, and activism, and food performances that explore belonging, representation, and human-microbial dynamics. Published works include articles and chapters on food-centered research-creation, performance-based research methods, collaboration in systems visualization, emotionality in academia, and the human-material-linguistic ecologies of food milieus. He lives in Montreal... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Skowhegan State Fairgrounds 33 Constitution Ave, Skowhegan, ME 04976