Stanley Picker Fellows The Decorators launch their video-essay Portal Tables: Connecting Multiscalar Communities with an online event featuring a screening and discussion about the project with Xavier Llarch Font and Mariana Pestana from The Decorators.
For their Stanley Picker Fellowship project Portal Tables, The Decorators reflect on the paradoxical way in which the pandemic has both vilified microbes and prompted a renewed interest in homemade practices of nurturing microbial life.
Portal Tables examines the political and ecological dimensions of food and domesticity, working with artists and the local community throughout the pandemic. Taking the idea of commensality – eating together – and extending it beyond the human, Portal Tables considers how microbial bodies participate in such encounters.
Portal Tables will unfold over the course of 2021 as a series of tables, performances and films, beginning with a video-essay in May 2021.