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I am excited to be presenting a Sourdough Workshop for the public on Saturday April 1 at Project Space (connected to Paragraph gallery). The workshop is the first event in conjunction with my project Lactobacillus Amongus, an art installation and public call for participation.
For Lactobacillus Amongus, I am searching for every sourdough starter in Kansas City. The individual starters will be presented in a sculpture I will install at PLUG Projects in May. The starters will be taken care of according to participants’ instructions throughout the duration of the show. At the end of the show each participant will bake something to share in a sourdough potluck. I’m really looking forward to the range of sourdough provisions we’ll end up with at the closing event!
The workshop will be a hybrid artist lecture and fermentation workshop. I will go into detail about keeping a sourdough starter and baking with it. I’ll also talk about legends and lore regarding sourdough and the importance of it as an oral history artifact. Expect for the workshop to get pretty nerdy as I cite scientific papers on the microbial diversity of sourdough starters.
People of all interest levels are welcome to attend! I expect that some workshop participants will want to make a starter to be in the show, so I’m calling on sourdough starters young and old to join in. There will be a lengthy discussion segment where we can share personal baking knowledge or questions with each other as a group.
If you want to listen to a primer for the workshop, check out the interview from KCUR’s Central Standard ! http://kcur.org/post/fermentation-food-and-art-54-senses