Cultural Capital

Cultural\_Capital is a distributed artwork: a sour-dough starter that accumulates bacteria and cultural capital from every venue in which it is installed.

From Saturday 19th September until Thursday 1st October 2009 Cultural Capital was cared for by Ben Hyde at his bakery Trois Petits Pains in St Julien de Jonzy, France. On the eve of Saturday 26th September (when Trois Petits Pains is at its busiest) Ben offered portions of starter to his customers (many of whom are friends). Having translated the work's protocols into French, he offered each of them information about Capital Culturel, (\_culturel.html); a recipe for Pain au levain de ‘capital culturel’ (\_au\_levain.html) and the instructions for caring for the starter and passing it on to others.

Documentation of the event can be found at:\_documentation.html

Trois Petit Pains is a small village bakery making sour-dough bread totally by hand and then baking it in a wood-fired oven.

FORTHCOMING - Cultural Capital part of Craftivism Exhibition, Arnolfini, Bristol
From Tuesday 1st December 2009 curator Zoe Shearman, Relational, Bristol will care for the sough dough starter during installation week of Arnolfini’s Craftivism exhibition. As part of Craftivism, Arnolfini café bar will bake the starter into snacks which will be distributed at the opening on Friday 11th December (6-8pm) and, with the Bakery at Bordeaux Quay, produce a supply of bread during the exhibition which continues until 14th February 2010.

DOCUMENTATION of Cultural Capital at ISEA2009
Documentation of Cultural Capital at ISEA 2009 is now available at:\_documentation.html
Documentation of Cultural Capital at the CRUMB Open Bliss Workshop held at The Golden Thread Gallery will be available soon.

PARTICIPATE in Cultural Capital?
If you would like to host Cultural Capital, please contact Kate Southworth kate(dot)southworth(at)falmouth(dot)ac(dot)uk and Patrick Simons patricksimons1(at)googlemail(dot)com