2022 – Zürich

This series of three dinners is a collaboration between arvae, Manon Briod & Mathieu Pochon, foodculture days, TETI Group and SAE Greenhouse Lab. Together, we unfold the three chapters of the publication “Mobile Soils” by TETI Press: investigating the mineral and rooted discussions of the underground, looking at the layered and planted conversations on the ground, and finally exploring the circulating patterns across the overground.

“Underground”, the first dinner in the series, explores the invisible textures of the soil, its living organisms, and prophetic qualities. How can the unseen layers of the underground be made visible? What spectral presences insist on being revealed to the inhabitants above? How do we negotiate the pull of mythic exploration and industrial extraction, the force of the global and the lure of the local? The dinner returns to Orpheus and Eurydice, combining readings with topical dishes echoing the chapters of the first underground section in Mobile Soils. A collective incantatory address is to be produced during the event.

“Underground” was hosted by TETI Group and SAE Greenhouse Lab. With contributions by Gabriel Gee, Jan van Oordt, Rafaël Newman, Caroline Wiedmer, Gnanli Landrou, Anne-Laure Franchette. The meal was concoted by Gabriel Gee and Anne-Laure Franchette. Pictures by Stéphanie Gygax.

“Ground” was hosted by arvae and SAE Greenhous Lab, the food was proposed by Mariana Murcia, with contributions by Siavash Namehshiri, Kenza Benabderrazik, Jose Caceres Mardones and Tara Lasrado. Pictures by Garage School.

“Overground” was hosted by Foodculture Days and SAE Greenhouse Lab. The food was elaborated by Grace Denis, with contributions by Anne-Laure Franchette, Paloma Ayala, Kenza Benabderrazik and VOLUMES.
Pictures by Erika Calderon.

The scenography of the three dinners were devised by Mathieu Pochon and Manon Briod.

Project realised with the support of Pro Helvetia and of the Migros Pioneer Fund.