Alive in the Kitchen began as food performance for the internet and real life, produced by Emily, Katie, Mitchell, Lyric, Val, Danny, Michelle and Chris. We produced live events and workshops with all types of new acquaintances.
Alive in the Kitchen generated Sassafras, which is a small group of artists working in art, food, ecology, and public programming. As Sassafras, we experiment with the cultivation of new relationships and socio-economic models for our environments as/and artists. We are interested in the politics of hospitality, the possibility of ecological systems, and the vehicle of art as a means to build community, share ideas, and promote new cultural models. As a nomadic collective our interest is to invite collaboration, encourage the production of public events, and to engage in long-term practices of making and researching food, culture, and social structures. Lead collaborators include Christopher Kennedy, Mitchell Oliver, Katie Shlon, and Valerie Wiseman
The three main parts of AITK (AITKTV, Pancake Social, and Foodlab) are explained below:
Alive in the Kitchen TV was five impromptu episodes of a cooking-show-gone-weird for ACRE TV's Psychedelicatessen. Here's a preview and an impromptu doc:
PANCAKE SOCIAL at SECCA
Foodlab was an after-school program with the staff and students of Jackson Middle of Greensboro, NC.