Spring Uprising resulted from a research and development residency utilising a vacant retail unit in Sheffield city centre. A sculptural and light installation was complemented by a series of radical urban interventions and performative actions developed out of our desire to bring the idea of wild food into an urban arena.
Shadows and reflections from digitally fabricated forms originating from drawings of common edible weeds are animated within the space, using existing architectural features, to mirror the subtle and random movements of plants in their natural environment.
Designed to be viewed from the street through glass frontage, the work exposes the tensions between urban and rural by highlighting the unfamiliarity of natural forms within the built environment.
Satirising the marketing and branding of commodified food, we created a food brand, MesoMeals and launched it with fly posters, retail intervention and a shop window performance, Wild Weed Kitchen. MesoMeals references the Mesolithic period when people repopulated Britain after the Ice Age, and focuses on food readily available during the era, parodying the Californian trend of Paleo food, referring to the old Stone Age, where proponents seem to believe that our ancestors were able to jet around the world at will as they incorporate lychees, sweet potato and raspberries into one meal.