Artists in Residence
Welcome to Potluck: Chicago
The Potluck has been initially imagined by London based
international arts company motiroti, as the 2011–2012 Critical Encounters
artists-in-residence at Columbia College Chicago. Alongside Columbia, a range
of partners joined the project early on to contribute ideas and planning -
including The Dorchester Project,
the En Las Tablas
Performing Arts Centre and
the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. The Southside Hub of Production and Inspiration
Kitchens also came on board, further extending our work and vision.
Together, we offered food and culture sharing workshops as an invitation to bring people from Chicago's diverse communities around the table in new ways, to exchange ideas and develop new relationships.
The fun began in November of 2011 when we convened a series of Open Space Technology-style gatherings across the sites in the city that this network enables us to access.
Our activities then expanded to include serving “stone soup” to over 125 guests and crafting sock puppet avatars with children from the Humboldt Park neighborhood.
At each event, we invited participants to offer their thoughts and ideas around a guiding question such as "How can we harness the city's diversity for the common good?" or “What strength do you bring to the table?”
The responses fueled further discussion and desire to connect.
In February, we re-assembled, adding new participants to our collective, launching Be Our Guest, Be Our Host, an initiative seeking to bring diverse people together to strengthen community and share sustenance.
Our process became motiroti’s contribution to the touring exhibition FEAST: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art. This interactive work incorporates our guiding questions about food,
self, and society reflecting our differences, commonalities, and connections.
|As Potluck: Chicago moves forward, we hope to begin to build a new network of grassroots creative activism that will be of lasting value to the city, and a model that can be adopted elsewhere. For more information, please see our blog, and follow us on Twitter (@plchicago).|
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