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Souper Spaghetti

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Meal with the curators Amber Berson and Manon Tourigny and the dissemination of printed copies of the zine "Souper Spaghetti".

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Amber Berson and Manon Tourigny

The basic idea remains the family cookbook project that Manon is working on in her spare time and that interested Amber.

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DARE-DARE is presenting the latest in a series of duo-based events between 2019 and 2021, this time by the duo created by Montreal curators Amber Berson and Manon Tourigny.

The artists hosted guests for a meal and conversation in DARE-DARE's new environment, the Adult Education Centre (AEC) in Saint-Henri. The meal was concocted by Amber and Manon from a recipe in a collective cookbook of their creation. This booklet is about food, cooking and everyday life in times of pandemic... and in times of duology.

The artists spoke about their collaboration as curators, which remained without a theoretical object of curatorial research, but rather focused on exchange in uncertain times as the only experiential and dialogical object. The exercise brought out a collection of their personal culinary recipes among the most comforting, and others also coming from their families and from some invited artists. And pasta, it is well known, makes people happy.

The musical atmosphere was provided by the audio research of Alfred Muszynski, cultural mediator at DARE-DARE, and dinner participants received a free copy of the recipe zine in paper format.

Amber Berson is a writer, curator, and doctoral student conducting doctoral research at Queen's University on feminist artist-run center culture and utopian thinking. She is interested in utopian feminist movements and socialist imaginaries, both their origins and legacies, ranging from collective self-management, self-determination, childcare and pay equity to anti-racist practices. She recently curated Trailmix (2014); * ~ _: * JENNIFER JENNIFER X *:. ~(2013); The Annual Arts Administrator's Race (2013); and The Wild Bush Residency (2012 -). She is a member of the editorial board of .dpi, a feminist journal of art and digital culture and recently organized the Montreal edition of the Art + Feminism Wikipedia project. Her articles have been published in Canadian Art, Esse, Fuse Magazine and C Magazine and St Andrews Journal of History and Museum Studies.

Manon Tourigny is an art historian and author. She is interested in video, media art, photography, performance art and art practices that take place in public space. The collaborative aspect is essential in her practice as a writer and curator. In all stages of a project (research, writing, installation), she makes sure to be in discussion with the artist. She has written numerous articles and texts for specialized magazines (Ciné bulles, CV photo, esse arts + opinions, Espace et Inter), in addition to writing opuscules for various organizations (artist-run centers, exhibition centers and museums). She is a member of the curatorial collective N. & M., which focuses its research on collaborations, artistic processes and contamination between artists, works and the role of the curator.