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Recipes for an Encounter

A book exploring the anticipatory nature of instructionals, diagrams, and recipes.
Editors: Marisa Jahn, Candice Hopkins, Berin Golonu
Contributors: Lisa Anne Auerbach, Adrian Blackwell, Center for Tactical Magic, Max Goldfarb, Karen Hakobian, Janice Kerbel, LIGNA, Jaime O’Shea, Kristina Lee Podesva & Alan McConchie, Vahida Ramujkic, Francisco J. Ricardo, The Shakers of Enfield, Noa Treister, Matt Volla, Sharif Waked & Molly Keogh

About the Book

Recipes for an Encounter is a book of instructionals, architectural diagrams, and codes that explore the anticipatory nature of recipes together with their promise of what will unfold, take place, be consumed.

The act of writing a recipe always occurs as a deliberate pause, temporally displaced from its moment of realization. Consider, for example, computer viruses whose execution might result in a technological disaster; architectural plans for the creation of a utopian city; instructions for a Molotov Cocktail; or preparatory directions for the antidote to a life-threatening poison. Each of these are written with the intent of preserving the past or changing the future. The recipes themselves are written either in the moment preceding or succeeding the act they describe.

In keeping with the book's inquiry into the promissory and regenerative nature of instructionals, Recipes for an Encounter concludes with directions on how to blow up the book itself by lacing its pages with flowers of sulpher, saltpeter, and charcoal. The result: an energetic recombination of words! A new book of irregular dimensions in seven seconds!

Book Launch

In Vancouver (1/26/2010): READ Bookstore at Emily Carr

Berin Golonu, Candice Hopkins, Marisa Jahn, Glenn Lewis, Kristina Podesva & Alan McConchie

In San Francisco (1/28/2010): Southern Exposure

Center for Tactical Magic, Berin Golonu, Candice Hopkins, Marisa Jahn, Matt Volla, Jerome Waag

In San Francisco (1/30/2010): Studio for Urban Projects

Larry Bogad, Amy Franceschini, Michael Swaine, and Marisa Jahn

In Toronto (3/11/10) Extra-curricular: Between Art & Pedagogy 2, JMB Gallery + Toronto Free Gallery

Adrian Blackwell, Dave Dyment, Berin Golonu, Marisa Jahn, Candice Hopkins, Kristina Lee Podesva, and Alex Snukal

In New York City (3/13/2010): EFA Project Space

Berin Golonu, Marisa Jahn, Karen Hakobian, Candice Hopkins with live music by Ferrum Virgo (Tianna Kennedy and Hannah Marcus)

Project Details


DATE : 2009

ISBN : 978-0-920974-47-6

BUY :Printed Matter (NYC) or Art Metropole (Toronto)

TAGS : Design/Communications

PRESS : SF Weekly (1/30/10), Art Practical (3/11/2010), Canadian Art (Fall/2010), Art Practical (9/2010)