Tattfoo Tan, Miso Vegetables Soup (left) and Fried Rice with Beans, Corns and Snow Peas (right), 2013.
As climate change poses increasing threats to our agriculture, artist Tattfoo Tan challenges us to reduce food waste by rethinking what produce should look like. On Creative Time Reports, Tan shares creative techniques for salvaging deformed vegetables, which, with a little love, are transformed into beautiful meals.
Above are images of meals Tattfoo made for NEMRE: New Earth Meals Ready to Eat, in which he saved potatoes and carrots rejected by grocery stores. After they were cleaned and chopped, these ugly vegetables became beautiful ingredients for his meals, which he then dehydrated and vacuum-sealed.
The situation in Ukraine and Crimea has rapidly worsened, but what was happening before all that? It was only a few weeks ago that protesters in Kiev were battling in the streets, demanding for the resignation of Yanukovych and closer relations with the European Union. Artist Tomas Rafa was in the thick of it, documenting the triumphs, violence and life in the square.
See more of the front lines in Tomas Rafa’s intimate and fiery photographs and video at Creative Time Reports.
Nicolas Wills (top) and Jazael Olguín Zapata (bottom), We Were Not Born to Illustrate Books, 2013. Courtesy of Crater Invertido.
These awesome drawings were inspired by legendary Tropicália musician Tom Zé. Known for his pioneering role in Brazil’s Tropicália movement—a surge of iconoclastic art, music and politics during the country’s military dictatorship of the 1960s— Zé remains a significant influence for artists and musicians around the world today. Though Tropicália ended as quickly as it began, Zé’s music—a polytonal amalgam of styles including Western rock and psychedelia as well as Bossa Nova and Bahian Samba—reemerged from São Paulo’s fringes in 1989, when David Byrne signed him to his Luaka Bop record label.
Mexico City-based art collective Crater Invertido present a mix of songs by the legendary Tropicália musician Tom Zé, as part of a new publication aimed at disseminating Zé’s music and ideas to a Spanish-speaking audience. Head over to Creative Time Reports to listen to the mix!
For his public performance Fahrenheit 451:Reprinted, Istanbul-based artist Ahmet Ögüt worked with a crew of on-duty firemen to assemble and operate a mobile book-printing studio inside a Helsinki fire truck in August 2013. After the artist acquired the rights to reprint 20 books banned by various countries in modern times (from The Communist Manifesto to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), the firemen produced 1,500 new copies of the titles. Here, a fireman hands out a banned book as part of the performance.
For an episode of Forms of Life on Creative Time Reports, Nato Thompson, Creative Time’s chief curator, spoke with Ahmet about this project as well as community organizing beyond the art world, based on his experience of assembling the Silent University for migrants and refugees during his Tate Modern residency.