Becoming CLIMAVORE - Open Now!

Dear friends, lovers and seaweeders, 

Exciting news today! Becoming CLIMAVORE, the Cooking Sections project for the 2021 Turner Prize exhibition, opens at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry. It consists of a collaboration with 21 museums across the UK that have removed farmed salmon from their menus and introduced CLIMAVORE dishes instead. Alongside this transition, at the Herbert we present a new installation, Salmon: Traces of Escapees. That and much more below. 

Becoming CLIMAVORE explores the gap between the appearance and the reality of salmon—their inability to escape intensive farms. For this UK-wide project, 21 museums have removed farmed salmon from the menus of their cafés and restaurants, and introduced CLIMAVORE dishes made with ingredients that improve soil and water quality, and cultivate marine habitats. This move continues a multi-year collaboration between  Cooking Sections and restaurants in Skye and Raasay since 2017. 

From today, you can taste CLIMAVORE dishes at: 
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
BFI Southbank, London
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry
Holburne Museum, Bath
London Transport Museum
Manchester Art Gallery
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Royal Museums Greenwich
Science Museum, London
Science and Industry Museum, Manchester
Serpentine, London
Tate Britain, London
Tate Liverpool
Tate Modern, London
Tate St Ives
The Whitworth, The University of Manchester
Turner Contemporary, Margate
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Wellcome Collection, London

And in Skye and Raasay:
Edinbane Lodge
Isle of Skye Baking Company
Loch Bay
Raasay House
Rosedale Hotel
The Ferry Inn
Three Chimneys

Visitors can taste a CLIMAVORE meal and collect one of the postcards from a twelve-part mosaic at participating restaurants.  

Interested in Becoming CLIMAVORE? Go to  

Following the exhibition Salmon: A Red Herring at Tate Britain this year, in the 2021 Turner Prize exhibition you will find the installation Salmon: Traces of Escapees, the second chapter of the salmon trilogy, which explores the environmental impact of salmon farms in Scotland through the traces they leave beyond the circumference of open-net pens. Excrement, drugs, synthetic colour and parasites billow out, polluting the surrounding waters. But even if the nets break, farmed salmon remain captive; they can no longer escape their own modified bodies. Salmon: Traces of Escapees is a recognition that nothing can be removed without leaving traces, no divestment can be disassociated from extractivism, and no domestication comes without the colonisation of the gut. 

Becoming CLIMAVORE was developed as a Back to Earth campaign at the Serpentine in collaboration with Benugo. SUCH A Big Thank you to all those who have supported its realisation.

Project team: Katharine Barrington, Dani Burrows, Shona Cameron, Remi Kuforiji, Rosa Whiteley
Graphic design: An Endless Supply

Salmon: Traces of Escapees team: Jesse Connuck (text editing), Gemma Brockis (voice), Antonia Luxem (film editing), Richy Carey (sound), Gareth Watkins (voice recording), Nick Middleton (aerial footage and sound recording)

This work could not have been made possible without the research and writings of: Alex Blanchette, Stefan Helmreich, Hannah Landecker, Martin Lee Muller, Marianne Elizabeth Lien, James Merryweather, Alexandra Morton, Reviel Netz, Susan Schuppli, Nicole Shukin, Corin Smith, Heather Swanson, Zoe Todd, Elizabeth A. Wilson.

Special thanks: Hamish Anderson, Atlas Arts, Emma Bal, Tuur van Balen, Benugo, British Art Show 9, Revital Cohen, Danny De Ruiter, Martin Dibben, Gaia Art Foundation, Nicoletta Fiorucci, Shane Kavanagh, Emre Keskin, Tomas Kolkus, Nathan Ladd, Rebecca Lewin, Tonderai Maboreke, Sophie Mccready, Emma Nicolson, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Meriç Onur, Rita Pacheco Da Conceição, Lucia Pietroiusti, Theodor Ringborg, SALT, Serpentine, Amy Sherlock, Tate Eats, The Otolith Group, Tyra Tingleff, Kelly Tsipni-Kolaza, Ben Warner, Eyal Weizman.

Salmon : Traces of Escapees. Cooking Sections, 2021 Turner Prize Exhibition, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry. Installation view.

CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones 
Weekend Celebration, Isle of Skye 
8-10 October 2021
Climavore: On Tidal Zones, Cooking Sections, 2017. Atlas Arts. Photo: Nick Middleton

After five years of meals, workshops, discussions, recipe sharings, and talks we’re saying a fond farewell to the Oyster Table as we are growing and developing new ways of being CLIMAVORE across the island. Come along for one final celebration at the table, where we will reflect on the last 5 years, and share what the future holds for CLIMAVORE. 

For the full programme, click here.

SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul
April 7 – October 24, 2021
WeatheredSeasons Made To Drift, Cooking Sections, SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul. 2021. Installation View. 

CLIMAVORE: Seasons Made to Drift continues for a final few weeks at SALT Beyoğlu. This exhibition proposes a journey into the seasons that once were, the regions that no longer are, and the shores that may be. 

Exhausted (2021), one of the new site-responsive projects developed for the exhibition, undoes the tales of soil and human fertility from the Neolithic age in the so-called Fertile Crescent, to explore the crisis of infertility and the subsequent expansion of IVF facilities and treatments in contemporary Istanbul. A collection of artefacts are displayed in anachronic order, counter-narratives around (in)fertile bodies, exhausted soil, misinterpreted figurines, records of controlled reproduction, engineered hyper-fertile grains, state policies and visions of family planning, synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, and herbicides, and how all these technologies eventually 'domesticated' humans. 

Over the course of the exhibition, this scenography is used for a series of lectures that create diverging narratives of soil and bodily exhaustion. An online series of commissioned essays by Elizabeth Hoover, Onur İnal, Calvin Po, Sharmila Rudrappa, Rickie Solinger, and Rami Zurayk expands these contemporary frictions around in/fertility.

Previous lectures include Gülhan Balsoy and Ulaş Karakoç, and are available via the Exhausted website

Upcoming lectures: 
Disruptive Animality: The Productive Infertility of the Freemartin
Lucy Beech and Tamar Novick, followed by a conversation with Cooking Sections
2 October 2021, 2pm Turkey (12pm BST)

James C. Scott in conversation with Cooking Sections
6 October 2021, 7pm Turkey (5pm BST)

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Salmon: A Red Herring, Cooking Sections, Art Now, Tate Britain, 2020. Installation View. 

Upcoming Lecture Performance: 12th October, Bergen Kunsthall, 6 pm CET (7pm BST) 

Salmon is usually thought of as “salmon pink”. Today this farmed fish should be grey, but synthetic pigments added in their feed make them the desired salmon colour, changing the tones of their flesh. In this lecture performance we explore the relationship between our diet and the climate emergency and redress our assumptions around food production and consumption.


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