A is for Apple project looks at the ever-changing world around us by focussing on the apple tree, its history and its cultivation. It questions the systems humans have put into place in relation with nature.
The project consists of three stages that are in conversation with each other. The first is three artist residencies across apple farming locations in England that initiate the discovery of different farming systems and the personal stories within them. The second is a panel discussion co-organised with Food Research Collaboration at City University London that considers the importance of art within food research. A is for Apple culminates with an exhibition named CULTIVATE: 7500 Stories at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning in London. It will bring to light our fantastical, historical, economic, biological, geographical and spiritual relationship with the apple. Through the stories of migration, production, perpetuation and conservation of the apple, the project questions whether the central drivers and systems set up in our society are working collectively and efficiently for the future.
“It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Wild Fruits: Thoreau’s Rediscovered Last Manuscript
︎ VISIT: National Fruit Collection
︎ VISIT: Somerset Cider Brandy
︎ UPDATE: Commercial Apple Farms
︎ MAKE IT: Compressed Apple Terrine with Cider Vinegar Caramel (Vegan)
︎ VISIT: Trumpington Community Orchard
︎ MAKE IT: Frozen Apple + Caramel Slab
︎ VISIT: Lathcoats Farm
︎ GEN DOY: Lathcoats Farm update
︎ GEN DOY: Pomonas
︎ JAMIE HARPER: There are no apples here. The apples are over there.
︎ INTERVIEW: Karen Liebriech from Abundance London
︎ LUCY STEGGALS: Wild type red
︎ JAMIE HARPER: Resilience
︎ INTERVIEW: The Orchard Project
︎ BBC Pictures | When is an apple not an apple?
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