Epicurean Endocrinology uses food and vernacular cooking to examine the intersections of food production, endocrine disruptors, corporate/institutional influence, and cultural ideology as they relate to biopolitics. By framing careful examination of how food affects hormone production and use in human bodies through the acts of cooking and consumption, we explore how endocrine disruptors permeate food through biological processes and industrial agricultural externalities. We investigate and represent how food affects notions of gender and entrenches gender norms, and how corporate and institutional actors influence endocrine systems in eco-bodies through industrial waste, agricultural runoff, and other “residues of neoliberal pursuit”.
Epicurean Endocrinology exposes and emphasizes the performative similarities and gendered cultural associations between kitchens and laboratories. As such, we developed the travelling Kitchen/Lab, a gallery-based incubator for experimentation and workshops.
“Kitchen/Lab” is a mobile performance and workshop space that doubles as a gallery exhibition, with all the DIY tools required to run endocrine disruptor detection and extraction workshops.