The Bakery Of Slow Ideas was born out of a years post graduate artistic research at the Institute of Apass in Brussels. The practice is based around the process of fermentation focusing predominantly but not exclusively on the act and timescale involved in sourdough bread baking.
The Bakery Of Slow Ideas (BOSI) is a durational participatory art practice, a sourdough bread baking process, and dialogical platform for slow consideration and digestion. It was born out of concerns surrounding the cultural norm of hyper-productivity and resultant (collateral) physical, psychological and ecological damage. This mode being propagated by what Timothy Morton coins Agro Logistics: a fundamental tenet of which states that production is more important than any consideration of the quality of the product. BOSI calls for the urgent reinstatement of ‘re-sensitisation to the will of other’, for empathic dialogical practice and ritual as a mode of deeper listening.
The use of the time scale, metaphors within and throughline of this long-form fermented bread baking, facilitates in-depth and ritualized contexts for dialogue, reflection, digestion of ideas and for sharing of outcomes.
It is hands-on and very gentle.
The feeding of the mother - the time given for ingredients to activate, to bubble, to excrete, to annihilate, to procreate, to create colonies, - The adding of more raw ingredients to further feed the mix - the binding of materials through mixing, giving air, pushing and pulling - the resting period, the time, the ferment - the gentle folding and re-energising - The shaping and more time - the intense heating, the baking - the breaking & eating.of the bread, the sharing of the newly transformed nourishment.
The metaphor of Fermentation, of cultural diversity within the microbiome, increased nourishment and the extended timescales of these fermentation practices reflect the proposed necessity to deviate from this hyper productivity-obsessed state that we are engaged in and are complicit with.
This is a process of deconditioning. An open dialogue attempting to expose the collateral damage justified by a system that consistently prioritizes product and production over quality and process.
RItual is a very important element of the work. A recognition of the importance of going deeper into consideration not spreading wider in focus. I have designed a couple of fermentation/art processes that engage ritual, a conscious relationship to the language that we use, and 'spell making' as necessary processes of deconditioning and personal political empowerment.
The Bakery can take many forms. It can be a residency that spans a week to a month, setting up in a shop, in a community, housing various processes including community bread baking alongside more themed dialogical, ritual and creative processes discussed previously. It can also be a one-off process that spans one or two days and occurs in a more specific context, harnessing the specialization of a specific group: artists, thinkers, community activists etc.
The bakery can be themed on a specific issue from Micro organic perspectivism and the necessary awakening of a new ecological awareness to Men Baking Bread and talking about harassment (Tromso, Norway June 2019, Funding pending), or it can look at the overarching themes of the practice (discussed above)and hold space for ideas relevant or urgent to those participating.