Since September 2019, a new three-year programme has been launched: RECONCILIATION
We are aware of the challenges of LA CUISINE's relationship with its territory and its inhabitants, and it is the demand to take into account the context and the issues related to food, eating and cooking that make it unique.
This year, the issue of climate change has imposed itself on us. Nature is inviting itself onto the stage, into our debates and we have chosen to welcome it. In an article entitled Enriching our sensitivity to life through art, Estelle Zhong asks the question: "What can art do in the face of the contemporary systemic ecological crisis? "She continues: "This question may seem incongruous, almost irrelevant: why ask art to play a role in a situation that appears to be primarily political, economic or militant? And how can we think that art can have an effect on this crisis, which is unfolding on such a large scale and covers so many different issues? Our hypothesis is as follows: the ecological crisis is to be understood first and foremost as a crisis of sensitivity; and for this reason, art can play a decisive role in enriching and transforming our relationship with nature and the living. "
So today the question arises of the reconciliation between nature and culture, how are we humans, artists, designers, architects, inhabitants, people, going to rebuild our relationship with the living, what alliances should we create with the soil, the earth, the plants, the trees, the living, the non-humans, so that we are no longer in a relationship of exploitation but of collaboration and exchange?
On a macro scale, can art help us to reconcile the art and design centre, the totem of modernity, with its environment?
Today we want to create in Nègrepelisse a field of experimentation for reconciliation. In a triple gesture, we will question the stakes linked to the climate crisis and to the relationship of La cuisine to its territory by inviting artists, researchers, farmers, cooks, local associations, designers and students.
"Redesigning cities from our kitchens: such a proposal may seem extremely trivial and even vulgar. Yet the kitchen is the place where we show that the city is not just a collection of humans. As William Cronon and Carolyn Steele have shown, from the point of view of the kitchen, the city has different boundaries from what we imagine: all the nonhumans we usually exclude must be part of it. Without wheat, corn or rice, without apple trees, pigs, cows, lambs, human cities are impossible. It is mainly the non-humans who make our cities habitable. It is time to give each of them citizenship. To free the house from patriarchy and architecture is also to start thinking that the city is not the house of men. We are used to imagining that since all non-humans have a home away from the city, in 'wild' spaces, cities are the legitimate space for human settlement. We forget, therefore, that every city is the result of the colonisation of a space occupied by other living beings and a consequent genocide that has forced other species (with a few rare exceptions, dogs, cats, mice and certain ornamental plants) to settle elsewhere. A kitchen is, after all, the black hole of our homes, the place where their monastic essence is reversed into spaces of mixing: the boundaries between things and people are suspended and the opposition between humans and non-humans is reversed into a festive fusion. It will always be impossible to be a monk in a kitchen. Considering the home and the city as large kitchens means reversing the patriarchal and patriarchal relationship into a space of care and not only in the form of food. The act of cooking is only the basic form of the act of care: the form in which it is impossible to separate the care of oneself from that of others. The home is only the place where something and someone is cared for. "