Ever wonder what Toronto tastes like? Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton, who have been creating public art projects for the better part of a decade, invite you to find out.
As part of the Luminato Festival, they collected plant life in three iconic Toronto neighbourhoods and turned their finds into tasty, community-specific popsicles at The Theatre Centre.
They’ve had two great visits to the Luminato Festival hub (King St W & John St) this past week, sharing their chilly treats with the public and you have one more chance to catch them there this Sunday, June 28th, 1-4pm.
Hunter, Gatherer, Purveyor is presented in collaboration with Why Not Theatre and The Theatre Centre.
Eric and Mia shared some pictures, videos, and anecdotes from the “Purveyor” portion of their explorations in Toronto. Check it out below and then taste their final product at the festival!
If you missed the first instalment of their “Hunter, Gatherer, Purveryor” pictures, click here.
A handy map of Toronto illustrated the boundaries of Malvern, Mount
Dennis and Rosedale. We tried something new and asked participants to mark their home on the map, which was colour coded to indicate which neighbourhood they tasted.
Melanie grew up in Malvern and was eager to taste her childhood haunt!
Included in each iteration of Hunter, Gatherer, Purveyor is a written reflection on our time foraging, walking and processing. Personal history and narrative is woven together with historical research we do about the neighbourhoods, plant identification information and recipes.
Our favourite part of the project is having conversations with people about their city.
A page from Mia’s sketchbook with a drawing of alfalfa.
Our bike and trailer set the stage for conversations and popsicle eating.
The Theatre Centre cafe was the perfect place to process the plants we collected. These are the chicory roots found in Mount Dennis, just before they were cleaned and roasted.
Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton are award winning interdisciplinary visual artists, facilitators, and community organizers. By combining the playfulness of childhood chums with the scrutiny of ethnographers, they create community-specific, relational, and participatory works that invite audiences to become active agents in the creation of community. Throughout the last seven years, they have developed a collaborative practice that operates in both a gallery and post-gallery context. Their projects, workshops, artist talks, and lectures have been presented in formal and DIY festivals, galleries, and post-secondary institutions throughout North America and in Europe.