Throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, Spatula&Barcode will be partnering with Madison Public Library, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Dane County Farmer’s Market and University of Wisconsin to create projects that explore food systems.
For an overview of Foodways Madison visit the blog post: Introducing Foodways Madison
Details for Fall 2017 activities visit: Foodways Activities
Feeding Farmers was one of the most satisfying components of the Foodways: Madison project. We coordinated more than thirty pairings of area artists with local farmers, with the artists preparing meals for the farmers. The piece began with the simple image of reversing the usual flow of food, and then we realized that this was an opportunity to leverage our art community and our interest in local agriculture, including our decades of shopping at the Dane County Farmers Market. The meals happened in many ways, with artists adapting to the interests and needs of the growers. Some artists visited farms and cooked with farmer’s ingredients, while some others prepared simple and convenient meals that could be eaten at the market or carried home for later. While the project resulted in some beautiful documentation, we’re also very happy with simply on the conceptual and relational levels. Feeding Farmers also deepened our relationship with the farmers we know and led us to a lot of thinking about the similarities and differences among farmers and artists.