About the Artist
Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe) is a duo of spatial practitioners based out of London. The group was founded to explore the systems that organize the world through food. Cooking Sections was part of the exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Their work has also been presented at the 13th Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates), Manifesta12 (Palermo, Italy), Lafayette Anticipations (Paris), Serpentine Galleries (London), Neue Nationalgalerie (Berlin), Storefront for Art & Architecture (New York), Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice, Italy), and HKW Berlin; they were also artists in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, California). Pascual and Schwabe have recently been awarded the Special Prize at the 2019 Future Generation Art Prize and are nominated for the Visible Award.
About the Artwork
The London-based duo Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe) examine the ecosystem of the Los Angeles coastline in a site-specific intervention at Venice Beach. Mussel Beach, a play on the culture of fitness and exhibitionism associated with Venice, contemplates the state of the Pacific Ocean through the lens of food, specifically mussels, which act as filters of pollution but are disappearing along the shores of Venice because of climate change. Through a series of mixed-media interventions along the beach—ranging from itinerant performances, installations on the boardwalk, public food tastings, and a choreographed audio tour of the beach—Mussel Beach meditates on the connections between the health and fitness industry and the consequences of human activity on the natural landscape.