LAS Art Foundation

Observing nature through food

Artist Residency

May — August 2024

Chelsea Turowsky is our first culinary artist-in-residence

LAS Art Foundation invited interdisciplinary artist and chef Chelsea Turowsky to be in dialogue with Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg’s living sculpture for pollinating insects, the LAS Edition of Pollinator Pathmaker. Over a period of four months, Turowsky closely observes the garden and its gradual transformations, translating them into sensorial experiences.

The element of time

Our metabolism plays a decisive role in understanding the world we inhabit, with the act of eating offering an embodied interaction with the environments that sustain us. Yet, food is also an artistic medium, translating knowledge around preparation techniques, combinations of flavours, textures and nutritional qualities into a myriad of experiences. A dish as a layered blend of synergizing elements and the living artwork growing in front of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin share a common trait: the importance of time. Planting, growth, and harvest all require patience and careful tending before the elements can be gathered on the table, revealing their essence in a fleeting moment of consumption.

Artist Residency

Throughout the summer, Chelsea Turowsky explores the LAS Edition and its manifold characteristics – from blooming patterns to changing colour pallets, from growth circles of plants to the pollinators that feed on them. In this process, she is supported by the curatorial team of LAS Art Foundation, scientists from the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and gardening professionals from the Königliche Gartenakademie in Berlin-Dahlem. Based on her observations, Chelsea creates four tasting menus corresponding to four moments manifested in the garden, experimenting with preparation and conservation techniques that aim to shift away from human-centred sensory experiences.

An expanding archive

The menus are presented during each chapter of the summer programme hosted outside the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. This webpage serves as an expanding material archive of Chelsea’s encounters with Pollinator Pathmaker and the communities around it – both pollinators and humans.

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Installation|20 June 2023 — 01 November 2026

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg : Pollinator Pathmaker