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Artist: Natalija Subotincic
Title: Incarnate TendenciesAn architecture of culinary refuse
Media: mixed media -- dining table: steel frame, concrete and bone surface, Georgian wire glass
Notes: For seven years she saves the bones of every animal sheeats. Every restaurant meal, every barbecue at a friend'shouse, every time she cooks meat at home, the bones areretrieved -rescued from their fate as refuse. Away fromhome she wraps them in a napkin or doggy bag. At home shesets them aside. After dinner she washes the dishes, thenshe washes the bones with a toothbrush - meticulously. Thebones are set to dry in the dish rack alongside the dishes.Clean and dry. Later, when she puts the dishes back in thecupboards, she will prepare the bones for storage like ataxidermist,and file them by type, like a nineteenth-centurynaturalist.
This becomes a regular part of her domestic chores.An astounding transformation occurs through this labour. By thesepainstaking yet simple acts of devotion, she transforms what would havebeen garbage, into a growing collection of small miracles. A radical re-categorization. These bones,no less beautiful than those displayed in amuseum of natural history,have been redeemed.Instead of being scrapedoff the plate as garbage,they have been made into precisely what theyare. Like museum specimens,they exude through their form both themiracle of life and the presence of mortality.
Biographical: Natalija Subotincic is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. She is currently collaborating with the founders of the Museum of Jurassic Technology on the design of an extension to the museum's facilities in Los Angeles, California. Her research on critical design studio pedagogy has been published nationally and internationally. Her creative research has involved the integration of architecture and photography in the following: "Interpretation of Rooms" an ongoing spatial analysis of the relationships between Sigmund Freud's theories, collection, and the rooms he and his patients occupied, to be exhibited at "Re Building the World" at The Edmonton Art Gallery (February 2005); "Incarnate Tendencies - An Architecture of Culinary Refuse," a social and architectural re-evaluation of the 'threshold' between food preparation and food consumption published in Eating Architecture by MIT Press (2004); "Anaesthetic Induction," an analysis of Marcel Duchamp's Le Grand Verre and Étant Donné, published in Chora: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture, McGill/Queen's Press (1994); An examination of the integration of technology, architecture and the body through both text and image, resulting in a filmic 98Õ photo-collage spanning the first fifteen chapters of Polyphilo or the Dark Forest Revisited, in collaboration with Dr. A. Perez-Gomez published by M.I.T. Press (1992); "The Canadian Industrial Heritage Project" a Canada Council funded photo documentation of industrial buildings across Canada (1984).