The Fisher Center LAB Biennial is a thematic festival that invites and commissions artists to create new works that grapple with some of the most pressing questions of our time.
The 2022–23 edition, Common Ground, is a year-long international program focusing on the politics of land and food and taking place on four continents. We have commissioned new works from artists whose practices engage with food sovereignty, climate change, and land rights.
Together, we invite you to join them in imagining a more equitable, sustainable, healthful, and delicious future.
Common Ground includes two four-day festivals at and around the Fisher Center—one at harvest time (October 13–16, 2022), one in the growing season (May 4–7, 2023).
Cooking Sections: When [Salmon Salmon [Salmon]]
A three-part performance installation
When [Salmon Salmon [Salmon]] is a trilogy of performative installations tracing the effects of salmon farms on multiple ecologies. The three works focus on the impact of food production based on extractive systems that push the environment to the verge of collapse. Shown for the first time in North America, the trilogy portrays farmed salmon as a constructed animal, one of the most recently domesticated and industrialized species in history.
The Belly is a Garden
A lecture performance
Seed keeper and artist Vivien Sansour invites us to join her in a conversation and lecture performance that unfolds over a walk through the Bard Farm and the wild landscape that surrounds it. As we walk, we will study the diversity of plants growing there and consider how we share the world and how we interact with it.
COMMON GROUND TICKETING OPTIONS
See all Common Ground programs on the same day, including The Belly is a Garden and Cooking Sections Parts 1, 2, 3 • $20 per package, plus fees. Estimated runtime is approximately 2.5 hours.
See the entire Cooking Sections Trilogy, which includes Part 1—lecture performance—and Parts 2 & 3—immersive video installations • $20 per ticket, plus fees. Estimated runtime is approximately 1 hour.
Purchase Cooking Sections 2 & 3 only • $5 per ticket. Estimated runtime is approximately 30 minutes.
Reserve The Belly is a Garden only • Free. Estimated runtime is approximately 1 hour.
Related Campus Event
BOOK LAUNCH: Eden Revisited
by László Z. Bitó ’60
More Common Ground
Common Ground will continue in the 2023 growing season. The May festival will include world premieres of performances and installations by Kenyon Adams and chef Omar Tate, Tara Rodriguez Besosa, Tania El Khoury, Suzanne Kite, and Jordan Weber.
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Fisher Center LAB
Fisher Center LAB is the Fisher Center’s artist residency and commissioning program, providing custom-made and meaningful support for innovative artists across disciplines.
Since its launch in 2012, Fisher Center LAB has supported residencies, workshops, and performances for hundreds of artists, incubating new projects and engaging audiences, students, faculty, and staff in the process of creating contemporary performances.