August 2010: The sour dough starter is NOW resting in Cornwall, UK before starting out on its 2010/2011 tour.If you would like to be part of Season 2, please contact us at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to talk it through.
Cultural Capital (2009) is a distributed artwork that draws parallels between the use of bacteria and culture in traditional breadmaking and the generative condition of network art. The work is conceived as a touring artwork that accumulates bacteria and cultural capital from every venue in which it is installed, cared for by curators in gallery and non-gallery settings. Following the recipes and protocols of participation curators grow a sour-dough starter and share it with guests at a formal or informal event that they organise. As part of the work, curators document the process of caring for the sour-dough as well as the event itself.
The work emerged from our regular bread-making activities. At first we just began to notice slight disturbances in the everyday patterns and processes of baking a loaf as we realized that we were ‘caring for’ a very fragile entity. We came across a text by Alexander Galloway and Eugene Thacker that made a connection between ‘caring for’ and curating, and we began to think about the possibility of inviting curators to care for the starter.
26th February 2010 Ana Carvalho cared for the sour-dough starter in Portugal. and distributed the starter at an event which also celebrated 500 short stories written by Bronte Sisters on the blog(spot) Latido de Cachorromore