In 2008 I launched an arts skills exchange called mutantspace. It had a simple premise; to give everyone, anywhere, the opportunity to join a co–operative in which people freely shared their skills and resources to play, make, experiment and fail at no cost whatsoever. Over 1,500 people joined up, began sharing their skills, time and experience and, through mutual trust and collaboration, produced a number of festivals and events including: gigs, exhibitions, readings, workshops, films, theatre shows, food events and parties.
While the exchange was a success I decided to close down the skills bank in 2014 and concentrate on reviewing the work of artists from around the world as well as hosting monthly art cabarets and producing our annual Trash Culture Revue festival.
Towards the end of 2016 I pulled myself away from reviewing and producing and went back into the kitchen – a place I feel really alive and excited in – and began using my hands again. Began playing, making and eating. Experimenting and learning new techniques and processes. Delving into old traditions and different cultures. Time slowed down, I found my natural rhythm and soon fell into a magical world of delicious possibilities.
So much to learn, to taste, to smell, to enjoy. It needed to be recorded and this is it. My notes from a mutant kitchen.