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       Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
       6:30 pm

Feasting Ecologies: we keep our biologies intimate

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Feasting Ecologies: we keep our biologies intimate
February 3rd 6:30 p.m – 9:30 p.m.
6018 N. Kenmore
Rsvp by Monday, Jan. 28 to tricia@6018north.org


This evening salon – featuring a meal within an intimate setting of a house – introduces themes of food, eating, waste, and the ecologic systems that support these. Artist Kira O’Reilly asks: how do we connect with our food, its origins, our feeding habits and methods, and how does the corresponding waste affect our environments and relationships to that which we eat? Kira O’Reilly, along with her three invited speakers – The Burlesque Butcher, Nance Klehm, and Claire Pentecost – present formally and informally throughout the evening. Audience members are encouraged to explore the evening’s themes through conversation and through eating.

A salon is where knowledges and ideas can be exchanged, explored and developed in the unrehearsed setting of a social gathering.

Kira O’Reilly is a UK based performance artist participating in IN>TIME. She has been performing around the world since 1998. Between 2003 and 2004, she undertook a residency with SymbioticA, a bio-art project based in the department of Human Anatomy, University of Western Australia. In 2010 she began a three year fellowship at Queen Mary University of London called Thresholds of Performance, between body, laboratory and text. The fellowship extends her explorations across the biological arts, biomedia, and performing. O’Reilly has presented in numerous conferences and symposia about both live art and science, art and technology interfaces. This salon is an extension of the dialogue that her work engages with.

Burlesque Butcher – Anna Felicity Friedman – is a farm-to-table movement and sustainable agriculture advocate. Her meat-eating philosophy revolves around the concept of “nose to tail” utilizing every edible part of the animal and trying to make use of even the inedible parts out of the utmost respect for the life the animal gave in its conversion from creature to food. She is an interdisciplinary scholar on areas of research often neglected by traditional academics. Her main area of research is in the history of tattooing, as well as body arts, contemporary performance art, and the history of celestial cartography and rare books. She currently teaches the Reading Cultures sequence in the University of Chicago’s Humanities Core. Previously she taught for many years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Claire Pentecost is a Professor in the Department of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has realized numerous projects, essays, lectures, and seminars on art, agriculture, the state of interconnectedness that we call “nature,” and the state of disconnection in the current definition of “knowledge.” She is widely traveled in alternative universes. Her work has been shown in galleries in Chicago, New York, and Europe, and was recently included in dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel, Germany.

Nance Klehm is an ecological systems designer, landscaper, horticultural consultant, and permacultural grower, as well as an in demand consultant, speaker, and teacher. She is respected internationally for her work on land politics and growing for fertility. From 2005 – 2010 she designed, help to build, and managed the Pacific Garden’s Greenhouses of Hope – a large scale, closed-loop vermicompost and farming project that trains residents of the shelter on horticulture, gardening, and composting techniques and tools. She has presented at the MCA, UCLA Hammer, and the CCA, Montreal, among others, and is a resident of the Center for Land Interpretation’s off-the-grid site in Utah. She recently was named 2012 Utne Reader Visionary.

6018NORTH is a green, non-profit platform for experimental culture, performance, sound, and installation art. Located at 6018 NORTH Kenmore in the Edgewater neighborhood on Chicago’s North side, 6018NORTH creates unique experiences by connecting people, bridging disciplines, and supporting artistic excellence and innovation. 6018NORTH mission is to employ art, ideas, and public policies to reinvigorate the potential of a community (Edgewater) while building a local and international cultural dialogue to enhance and sustain Chicago’s creative community.