A multi-faceted exploration of food as a material, a commodity and as a sounding substance. …the pickle jar is her home… explores the many relationships between food and sound from their basic ephemerality to the links and metaphors that tie them as materials to be processed and transformed – from ideas of “mixing”, “chopping”, “cutting” and “blending”.
The piece is informed by the way that food, spices and materials have been and are still central to colonialism and how political exchanges have influenced food, food preparation and taste as well as peoples’ emotional investment in food as a carrier of memory and of ideas of “home”.
…the pickle jar is her home… uses recordings from the UK and India, of food being prepared and cooked, of the places where food is grown and sold, of people and companies selling food and food products and of people talking about food that reminds them of home and childhood and foods that they like to cook and how to prepare them. The composition was helped by Deja Vu a bespoke software program designed in collaboration with Ollie Bown for dealing with recorded spoken word material.
2009 Exhibited at Material Texts at Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi, India with accompanying book.
Featured in Issue 6 at Soundwalk Editions.
Thanks to all the interview participants, Srishti College of Art, Bangalore, London College of Communication, Sujata and Anurag at Rainforest Retreat.