Call for Artists for Feed & Be Fed – Due August 12

ImageArtwork ©2001 Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc


The Peoples Cook & Intermedia Arts present

Feed & Be Fed

Alimenta & Alimentaran


Monday, August 13, 2012


The Peoples Cook & Intermedia Arts’ present Alimenta & Alimentaran (Feed & Be Fed), a cross-cultural exploration of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

We seek interactive works of art that invite direct audience response. Examples of this might include an artwork that incorporates a recipe from an ancestor’s favorite food that the audience can take OR an artwork that requests the audience to add a recipe from their own ancestor. We welcome 3D & 2D pieces that remain consistent with Dia de los Muertos and the Alimenta & Alimentaran (Feed & Be Fed) theme.

Alimenta & Alimentaran (Feed & Be Fed) will be exhibited for 3 weeks in the Intermedia Arts main gallery from October 22, 2012 – November 10, 2012. This exhibit is part of a larger project presented by The Peoples Cook & Intermedia Arts; the gallery exhibit will serve as an interactive environment for the PopUp performance restaurant, ¡Viva Soul Power! which features live cooking & performance by Mero Cocinero Karimi & The Peoples Cook crew.

About Dia de los Muertos

For more than 3,500 years the people of Mexico have held on to a cultural practice known today as Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead.  When the Spanish Conquistadors landed almost 500 years ago in what is now Mexico, they encountered natives practicing a ritual that seemed to mock death. The Spaniards would try unsuccessfully to eradicate this celebration only to embrace it on the days known today as All Saint Day and All Hallows Eve.

Today Dia de los Muertos is expressed in many ways and can be found all around the world as a cultural, political and artist expression.  It is a powerful time of year and we can see this through the *ofrendas that are prepared for this celebration. This holiday focuses on food, culture & rituals of the dead, and utilizes humor and the idea of laughing at death. It is a universal concept and cultures across Latin America and the world also had similar practices.  We strongly encourage you to do additional research to learn more about Dia de los Muertos before submitting a proposal.

*An ofrenda or alter is created as an invitation to celebrate and honor the dead. If you are not familiar with an ofrenda, please research. One site to help get you started is





AUGUST 13, 2012: submission due (written concept, sketches, plans)
SEPTEMBER 4, 2012:
selected artists are notified                                      
OCTOBER 15, 2012:
final artwork due @ Intermedia Arts 

OCTOBER 15-21: Exhibit installed

OCTOBER 22: Exhibit open to the public
Alimenta & Alimentaran (Feed & Be Fed) public reception
NOVEMBER 1-4; 7-10: ¡Viva Soul Power! PopUp Performances in gallery
NOVEMBER 11, 2011: exhibition closed; all artwork must be picked up


  • Artwork must be consistent with the cultural, artistic and political expressions of Dia de los Muertos; works may be ofrendas, but are not required to be ofrendas
  • That said, we are seeking a cross-cultural perspective to this holiday; we will give more consideration to artists who provide work that is also influenced by their own culture (however the artist chooses to define their culture)
  • Preference will be given to pieces that are satirical or humorous in nature
  • Art must have an interactive component where the audience is invited to respond
  • 3-D art must fit within a 3’ W x 5’ L space or less. Please contact the Intermedia Arts staff before proposing work that is unusually heavy or fragile for the exhibition or if you have questions about space restrictions.
  • Intermedia Arts & The Peoples Cook will not be able to maintain perishable food items on ofrendas/artworks; please consider this & plan accordingly.


Artists for the exhibition will be selected through this open call for submissions. The Peoples Cook curators & Intermedia Arts’ Director will review applications & work samples and select exhibition artists.


Selected artists will be notified via email by September 4, 2012. If selected, you will have 6 weeks to complete your artwork before it is due to Intermedia Arts on October 15.


Artists are responsible for the costs of shipping work to and from Intermedia Arts.  The Peoples Cook/Intermedia Arts will not be able pay for shipping costs to return work to the artists after the show. Please consider shipping costs when proposing artwork for exhibit. Artwork will be insured through Intermedia Arts while onsite. *INTERMEDIA ARTS WILL INSURE WORK VALUED UP TO $1,000 during the designated exhibit dates. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING THE INSURANCE OF YOUR WORK, PLEASE CALL INTERMEDIA ARTS BEFORE YOU SUBMIT.



Chosen artists will receive an honorarium for their work.


The Peoples Cook invites participants take an active role in an exchange of food, stories & recipes, reconnecting culture and art. Based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, The Peoples Cook is a touring company that brings the funny to foodie nationwide. We incorporate local artists and community members into our residencies to sustain dynamic community engagement wherever we go.


We work in diverse communities, and create cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, participatory arts activities. We have created & curated work for Dia de los Muertos celebrations in cities across the US, including San Francisco, San Antonio, Chicago, and Minneapolis.


The Peoples Cook unites cross-cultural cooking & interdisciplinary art to promote well-being.



As Minnesota’s premier multidisciplinary, multicultural arts center, Intermedia Arts builds understanding among people by catalyzing and inspiring artists and audiences to make changes in their lives and communities. We are a nationally recognized leader in empowering artists and community leaders to use arts-based approaches to solve community issues. From graffiti art to digital technology to performance art to spoken word, we work from the community up to unearth and enliven new and emerging artists and art forms while challenging and exploring the role of art in our lives. By stimulating civic dialogue and giving voice to the issues and experiences of underrepresented communities locally, nationally and internationally, we contribute to a stronger, healthier society.


Intermedia Arts is a catalyst that builds understanding among people through art.




If you have questions about the submission process or the Alimenta & Alimentaran (Feed & Be Fed) exhibit, please contact:


Erin Lavelle

Producer, The Peoples Cook



Cooking with The Youth of Minneapolis

Today was the final day of my workshops with Youth in Minneapolis. We had a barbecue where I made a vegetable marinade to grill to go with the carne asada that the teachers brought. The Youth were very excited to see these vegetables and flocked to see how so much diversity could be on one plate. It was good day filled with good energy! Yes! The youth are hungry for my marinated vegetables! Yes!Image

Feeding The Youth of America at Reading Terminal

Feeding The Youth of American at Reading Terminal

Karimi persuades Keegan Cannon (left) and Reece Clausen to let him sprinkle some radish dip on their ice cream.

Winning Recipe from last week’s Open Kitchen: Where’s The Sweetness

We had an incredible Open Kitchen last week. We focused on dessert and talked about the perceptions of dessert: from our loves to it being an enemy. We talked about childhood memories and we talked about prescriptions that force us to ban it. We also enjoyed each others company sharing recipes and stories.

We usually don’t have contests at Open Kitchen, but with all the discussions on desserts and diabetes I have been having with people all year; I wanted to see who could make something that tasting great in one bite, and here it is: and give it up to Yana Frank (and everyone who brought something!)

Red Currant Tarte  – “Traeubleskuchen”

(literally Little Grapes Cake, what red currants are called colloquially in Swabia, the German region around Stuttgart)
by Cooking Comrade Yana Frank

200g flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
125g butter or margarine
100g sugar
2 egg yolk (I took 3)
grated peel of half a lemon

2 egg whites (3)
100g sugar
2 teaspoons corn starch
500 g red currants

Sieve flour and baking powder together and mix with the butter, egg yolks and lemon peel to form a dough. (Like a pie crust, mix and knead just a bit, it’s pretty crumbly). Let rest for about 30 minutes in the fridge (in foil). Roll out and put in tarte form or large pie or cake tin. Bake at
medium heat until golden.

In the meantime beat egg whites until stiff, then gradually add the sugar and starch and keep whipping until very stiff. Continue beating for
another 5 minutes. Mix berries carefully under the egg whites. Pull crust from oven and spread filling on top of it. Bake at medium heat until top
is light brown.


Open Kitchen : The People Cooking Together In Memory of Shiraz!

We had a beautiful Open Kitchen last wednesday. The theme: How can we find more time to cook together as a comunity? We made Shiraz’s Gormeh Sabzi as a team.

The questions we posed: When do you cook with others? What can we do to create a culture of cooking collaboratively?

Cook the recipe we made (it’s on the site for a limited time!) with some friends/family/strangers, and use the questions as talk-story starters!





Make Los All People shall be able to be Unioned Polvorones

YES!! Let’s make these special Polvorones! : to celebrate California’s gay marriage ban deemed unconstitutional by 9th Circuit! Some call these Russian wedding cakes; I’ll call them love. Remember in moderation good people! (Even too much love, can upset your stomach!) Cook! Celebrate!

Check us out making Adobo

What?! You haven’t seen DJ Double & Mero Cocinero making Mero Adobo. Check it out. We filmed this in Baltimore

Joy: Serving & Smiling

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Photos from our Occupying of ASU campus

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ThePeoplesCook crew and I occupied the ASU Farmer’s Market last week to get The People to reconnect with the nopal! Cactus! Here in Arizona, there are people that want to destroy the nopal and tell people they can’t cook the nopal, especially if it involves using recipes from Mexican cookbooks.  That’s right, in Tucson they are banning all sorts of books that teach Mexican American culture, that includes Cookbooks! The people of ASU were hungry! We fed around 200 people in less than 2 hours tacos de nopales. Que Viva El Nopal!

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What are we doing in Arizona

Clipped from:

What are we doing in Arizona? Even though artists are boycotting the state because of SB1070 and Maricopa county’s Tent City, we are here to take the good energy to the People. To balance out all the negative energy from shootings, inhumane laws and other things that get people out of whack. The good people of Arizona State have brought us here , and we are to eat and cook with The People!

Awarded the 2011 Arts and Humanities Seed Grant funded jointly by the Institute for Humanities Research and the Herberger Institute Research Center in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Diabetes and Democracy in South Phoenix examines the efficacy of the arts—specifically theatrical performance—in changing the dietary attitudes and behaviors of young people at higher risk for chronic diseases like diabetes. It considers the growing trend toward obesity among young Latinos in the southwest—whose dietary choices are influenced both by their ancestral culture and by pressures to assimilate to a more mainstream US-American diet—in light of recent studies in cultural and social anthropology relating food preferences to cultural location. Performance artist Robert Karimi, “El Mero Cocinero,” has developed a live, interactive cooking show as part of a larger “Diabetes in Democracy” project designed to intervene precisely at these intersections. This show forms part of a multi-pronged, site-specific program in South Phoenix, involving community youth in raising awareness among their peers about the links between cuisine, cultural location, and health.

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