Book launch "The Empire Remains Shop"
Friday 22 Jun 2018 from 5pm to 7pm
Join us for the Paris launch of The Empire Remains Shop (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2018), Cooking Sections first book following the eponymous ongoing research and installation that offered a postcolonial framework to negotiate the relationships, imaginaries, and economies the United Kingdom bears with its former colonies.
The “Empire shops” were first developed in London in the 1920s to teach the British to consume foodstuffs from the colonies and overseas territories. The Empire Remains Shop, conceived by Cooking Sections, speculates on the possibility and implications of selling the remains of the British Empire in London today. It lays out some of the landscapes, imaginaries, and economies, that future iterations of the shop would need to address in order to think through political counter-structures for a better distributed, hyper-globalized world.
The event will take place in English.
Often engaged in long-term research driven projects, Cooking Sections examines the systems that organize the world through the politics of food. Using installation, performance, mapping and video, their work explores the overlapping boundaries between geopolitics, visual arts, and the built environment.
Cooking Sections’ work has been presented at Lafayette Anticipations in Paris (2018), Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York (2017), the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin (2014), the U.S. Pavilion for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, and DOCUMENTA (13) in 2012.
Cooking Sections is part of Manifesta 12 in Palermo. Their writing has been featured in a number of international magazines including e-flux magazine, Frieze magazine, and Volume as well as publications such as OfficeUS (Lars Müller) and Forensic Architecture (Sternberg Press). Their book The Empire Remains Shop (2018) is published by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City.