VEDA, 2020

Commissioned by the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial Empathy Revisited: Designs for More than One VEDA takes – a malted loaf and my evolving artwork connecting bakeries and galleries through veda bread – as a point of departure. The film explores and discusses collective memory, embodied knowledge and the passing on of traditions, recipes and gestures through the preparation of a recipe, punctuated by clips from video works and interviews with my collaborators.

I am joined in the kitchen by chef Irem Aksu, where we discuss the word ‘veda’ and cook a collaborative dish – Trained on Veda Almond Tarator with Baked Hake and Samphire Tempura – inspired by veda bread and our respective heritages: Northern Irish and Turkish. I am also joined via video call by former collaborators, choreographer Lucy Suggate and archaeologist Dr Melanie Giles, to discuss the traces left on our bodies and muscle memory.

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All photos stills from Laura Wilson, VEDA (2021). 31 minutes 27 seconds. Commissioned by the 5th Istandbul Design Biennial Empathy Revisited: Designs for More than One curated by Mariana Pestina.