Sunday, 11 April 2010

Prison Cookery at the OP Shop

Our friend Brinton Holland will be in town to demonstrate cooking methods in U.S. prisons at the OP Shop in Hyde Park for his forthcoming book titled Prison Cookery. Part of the demonstration will be interactive. All ingredients paid for.

Saturday, April 17th 14:00-16:00
@ The Op Shop
1530 E. 53rd Street, Chicago, IL

"Brinton Holland (b. 1984) is a classically trained chef interested in the possibility of an everyman's molecular gastronomy. He creates food experiments using everyday objects to alter taste and presentation of traditional dishes. In the past he has used numbing agents in cakes so that its taste lasts only for a few minutes. He is also interested in the effects of subjectivity and memory on how a dishes are perceived. His current project revolves around the cooking methods and flavor profiles present in the U.S. prison system. In many cases due to rival gang members preparing kitchen food etc, prisoners are left only with prepackaged food from the commissary to survive on. They must resort to a minimal and innovative set of cooking methods to prepare their meals. These are often representational, even akin to the single egg pizza recently produced by Moto's Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche. Holland has been interviewing ex-convicts (and sometimes eating nothing but these dishes for days) for his forthcoming book also titled Prison Cookery. It will outline a brief history of cooking in prison cells, discuss cooking methods and trickle-down techniques taken from interviews in its appendix as well as discuss new possibilities for prison cooking based on ingredients found in a standard U.S. commissary.

On April 17th (14:00-16:00), Holland will be giving a demonstration of several dishes commonly prepared from commissary foods. These include burritos, pizzas, nachos and desserts. He will also be offering a participatory demonstration of selected spreads, allowing audience members to prepare their own foods on the spot. All ingredients and tools will be provided.

Brinton Holland lives and works in Waco, Texas.
This event is sponsored by It Takes Two To Stereo and hosted by the OP Shop."

"The Opportunity Shop is a transitory, experimental project space for contemporary art in Hyde Park.

The Op Shop is dedicated to creating alternative sites of exchange around art in vacant urban spaces. Come be a part of its second iteration at 1530 E. 53rd Street, Hyde Park, where local, national and international artists come together to creatively facilitate conversation and community interaction in a dynamic art environment.

This large one story building, made available by The University of Chicago, offers a chance to create innovative encounters between artists and audiences, and new ways of connecting art to urban change."