Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2015-16

(Brooklyn, NY)Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint

Project Description

“EdibleEcologies” is a series of social sculptures that work collaboratively with local communities (human, microbial, and ecological) to revive endangered food practices and remediate a cultural memory disorder that the artists call “industrial amnesia.” The performances work with participants to resuscitate cultural food memory embedded in landscape, imagine food-based prescriptions to heal Industrial Amnesia, and revive ancient, microbiological rituals of food preservation. “EdibleEcologies'” participatory scenarios generate lived knowledge and embodied memory to bring the intense complexity of contemporary food politics and public health into the realm of psychic unsettling, affective perception, and poetic visibility.


Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint investigate evolutions of food, ecology, media, and memory in the digital age. Their artworks have taken form as architectural interventions and urban wilderness tours, net art and public performances, scholarly articles and poetic essays. They have earned support from Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Center for Land Use Interpretation, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, K2 Family Foundation, Culture Push, and numerous academic fellowships. Their work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center,, of New Radio & Performing Arts, and Cornell University Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art.