Open Kitchen: Shapes of Arrival - Common Scents: Edible Installation & Conversation

August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm


Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.

Open Kitchen (OK) re-opens its cross-cultural, regional, seasonal food and thought exchange with the public with a series of events that explore the diasporic experience. These participatory events emanate from the project residencies Open Kitchen hosts here in Milwaukee. The Shapes of Arrival events will take place in and around an Open Kitchen installation on Lynden’s grounds.

Open Kitchen residents Patricia Nguyen, John Lee, and Hai Minh Thi Nguyen compose a Milwaukee-Vietnam index of aromas, flavors, and textures in the context of the ideas and beliefs of a diasporic experience. What is the taste of home? The smell? Throughout their residency, the collective will be working on Sống, a cookbook and archival project of the Vietnamese American community of Chicago. Sống translated means to live, liveliness, and raw. Song is an active verb reflecting the liveliness of the people and stories that will be featured in the book. In addition, Sống works with the raw material of people's stories and the fresh ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine to capture a taste of the homeland while fusing in new flavors. The cookbook will include interviews, recipes, photographs, drawings, and a history of Vietnamese migration to Chicago.

As an adjunct to this collective residency work, Open Kitchen has also invited a group of Chicago- and Milwaukee-based projects and individuals—Inga, Michelin, Kim Khaira, Angela Kingsawan--to a co-lecture and conversation on imagining a sensual archive. This is a Call & Response event.

Commen Scents: Edible Installation & Conversation
with Patricia Nguyen, John Lee, Hai Minh Thi Nguyen, Angela Kingsawan

As part of their Sống cookbook project, Patricia Nguyen, John Lee, and Hai Minh Thi Nguyen will be joined by Native herbalist Angela Kingsawan. Kingsawan will lead participants in collaborative research into Lynden’s herbs. These herbs will be used to create essential oils in a distillation installation. Hai Minh This Nguyen will share food from her cumulative residency kitchen experiments.

Event Schedule
1:00pm - 2:30pm: Herb walk/talk with Angela Kingsawan, Patricia Nguyen, John Lee, Hai Minh Thi Nguyen
2:30pm - 3:30pm: Distillation of herbs
3:30pm - 5:00pm: Edible Installation with Hai Minh Thi Nguyen

Participants are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy artist Rosemary Ollison’s outdoor fashion show, Beyond Fashion, which begins at 5 pm.

More on Scents of Home, a project of Axis Lab:

Open Kitchen: Shapes of Arrival Events

Scents of Home: Sensorial Workshop, August 10, 1-3 pm
Common Scents: Edible Installation & Conversation, August 24, 1-5 pm
The Sensual Archive of Diasporic Peoples in Relation to the Naming of Things: A Lecture and Conversation, August 31, 1-3 pm

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