The House of Ferment (HoF) is a theatrical version of the larder at Lawson Park farm. The larder has been developed by Karen and a collective of people involved with Grizedale Arts, and has included the development of various means of preservation from pickling to drying, jam making to Japanese fermentation techniques. The HoF specifically aims to highlight and develop fermented preservation and draws from many different countries and cultures that Karen and the Grizedale programme have worked in over the past 10 years, including Poland, Japan, Korea and China.
The first incarnation of the HoF was as one of the elements of the Grizedale project Colosseum of the Consumed for Frieze projects 2012. A commission from Science Gallery London and curator Rebecca Heald in 2015 provided an oportunity to expand and develop this - bringing science and art, and the collective way of working together to create an outreach, research and public presentation of the ideas underpinning this project.
Karen and Grizedale worked with designers Front and fabricator/designers M3 to create a copper 'mountain' and 'under the hill' larder and store that could be used as the core component of an exhibition, workshop, talks, and catering programme and to which new works could be added and evolved. Further to the HoF Laure Prouvost's Wantee Table was made at Grizedale for exhibition initially at CASS and then as part of the presentation at Borough Market for Science Gallery London. Under the same conditions Bedwyr Williams created 'Bedwyr' a pickle jar based on the idea of his own pickled head. Several other works have since been added and the entire project has been formative in the development of a community catering enterprise called The Village Table.
In 2016 the HOF appeared at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, and we collaborated with artist Kasia Garapich to develop the project in Poland for ArtBoom Krakow and in 2017 it was presented at the Harris Museum, Preston with Niamh Riordan & Francesca Ulivi. In 2018 it was again on show as part of 'The Land We Live In, the Land We Left Behind' at Hauser & Wirth Somerset (Jan 20 - May 8 2018).
Karen is presently researching ways to relaunch the project to new, challenging audiences. Get in touch with us if you have ideas to help this initiative.