DANIEL

ARTIST/
FILMMAKER/
EDUCATOR/


Projects


Food as Care Cookbook
Tree of Heaven
Untitled Graduate Thesis
Pratt Public Sphere
Cannon Café (Café Bustelo)
Culinary Performances
Ox-Bow Pad Thai
LaTerre Realty Trust
On the Line

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2024 | Resilience Thinking Walkspace Performance | Prelude in the Parks Performance Festival

2024
| I’m teaching this July! Art on the Meadow Workshops | Ox-Bow School of Art & Residency Program

2024 | Group Exhibition | Open Kitchen, Curated by Phil Zheng Cai

2024 | Researcher & Presenter | Pratt Research Open House, Brooklyn Navy Yard

2024 | Artist in Residence | Wassaic Project

2024 | Saturday Studio Workshop | Dia:Beacon

2024 | Year of the Dragon Print Daily Calendar | FAR–NEAR

2023 | Artist in Residence | Creature Conserve Residency, Governors Island, NY

2023 | Art on the Meadow Workshop | Ox-Bow School of Art & Residency Program

2023 | MFA Fine Arts Graduation | Pratt Institute

2023 | Pratt Public Sphere in the Press | Pratt.edu

2022 | Food as Resistance at La Morada | Commercial Type’s “The Food Issue”







Food as Care Cookbook: 
Eight Recipes from Bangkok to Brooklyn




Pre-Order my Cookbook Here!
(Edition of 100;
Printed & Delivered in August 2024)
This will be the 2nd print run, and we’re working on getting a spiral binding ;)

Made for my MFA Thesis at Pratt Institite, this is an exercise in self-portraiture through eight recipes that are very close to my heart!



TREE OF HEAVEN



2023

Duration:
18:07
Form: Mixed Media Installation
Materials: Remnants of Ailanthus altissima; Dessicated Spotted Lanternfly; Researcher’s wardrobe, Microscope; Sketches, Ephemera; 4K DCP Video
TREE OF HEAVEN

A mixed-media video installation chronicling the felling of an Ailanthus altissima (Tree of Heaven) in Brooklyn.

Collaborator: Sunny Leerasanthanah
Exhibition: Swale House, Governors Island, NYC




UNTITLED GRADUATE THESIS (ENCOUNTERS IN THE PRATT PUBLIC SPHERE)



2023

Duration: Variable
Form: Mixed Media Installation; Gathering Space
Materials: Remnants of 100 Bowls of Soup; Paper Tags; Folding Tables; Folding Chairs; Cooking Equipment; Ingredients; Recipes; CRT Television; Digital Slideshow; Inkjet Photographs; Ephemera.

An immersive installation for my Graduate MFA Thesis in Fine Arts at Pratt Institute, featuring spoons, bowls, media, ephemera, and people from my encounters throughout my studies. Spoons hang from the ceiling, accompanied by tags with responses from participants for the question: “What food reminds you of home?”



PRATT PUBLIC SPHERE



2022-2023

Dimensions:
20’x20’x16’
Form: Mixed-Use Classroom Space, Mutual Aid Hub, Library, Public Kitchen
Materials: 20ft Geodesic Dome, Marine Shrink Wrap, Spandex, Lumber, Open Sign, Tables, Chairs, Kitchen Equipment, Shelving, Donated Books, Clothes, and Food.

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PRATT PUBLIC SPHERE (PPS)

A mixed-use classroom space in the form of a 20ft geodesic dome. Open to all, the PPS was designed around a full set of public programmingm, focusing on open workshops, dialogue, and community-based programming. The space func- tions as a mutual aid hub, public kitchen, and platform for interdisciplinary action.

Collaborators: Mary Mattingly, Rafael de Balanzo




CANNON CAFÉ (CAFÉ BUSTELO)



2022

Duration: 1 Hour
Form: Culinary Performance
Materials: Café Bustelo, Moka Pot, Wooden Sign, Microphone, Custom Tabletop
CANNON CAFÉ (CAFÉ BUSTELO)

A culinary performance where I transformed Pratt’s iconic cannon into a pop-up coffee shop, serving Cuban-style coffee in homage to the monument’s Spanish colonial roots in Havana. I asked passers-by “what kinds of monuments would you like to see?”





CULINARY PERFORMANCES



2021-Ongoing

Dimensions: Variable
Form: Culinary Performance
Materials: Food, To-Go containers, Cooking equipment, mobile soup cart, apron, neighbors.
CULINARY PERFORMANCES

Food can be an incredible way to tell stories, and I have explored cooking as form as a response to the past years of pandemic precarity. I draw inspiration from the food we eat, the recipes we pass down, and the places that remind us of home. I often place myself in my work as a facilitator of dialogue, as a provocateur asking critical questions, as a host creating space for people to come together. I use food—in particular the act of cooking, gathering, and sharing meals—as an entry point into new discursive and public spheres. 

As such, I have devised a series of happenings that I call “culinary performances”: a loose collection of site and time-specific cooking sessions that all hinge around the centrality of shared dialogue in public space. Each performance follows a particular formula that privileges the location and the dish served while keeping room for growth and flexibility with each iteration. The first culinary performance was in November 2021 on Flushing Avenue in front of my MFA studio building. Often times, I cook chicken soup — a dish that embodies care and reminds me of home.

As a perpetual student of social practice art, I am indebted to the visual language of practitioners like Rirkrit Tiravanija, whose use of food, gatherings, and “a lot of people” opens up new possibilities for contemporary relational aesthetics. Like Tiravanija, I seek to interrogate the systems we find ourselves embedded in as a way to open up space for the social, the restful, and the hopeful. As I continue to create socially-engaged artworks, I intend to investigate hopeful futures that are in direct conversation with artists like Tania Bruguera or Theaster Gates. Bruguera’s concept of “Arte Útil” (Useful Art) provides a positive framework for thinking of my practice as a tool that can be positioned as a means to create real social and political change - shaping collective futures that center community, resistance, and joy.


OX-BOW PAD THAI



2022

Duration: 2 Hours
Form: Site-specific Workshop/Salon
Materials: Pad Thai ingredients, Wok, Propane, Tables, Chairs, To-Go Containers
OX-BOW PAD THAI

A "cooking class" held during my fellowship at the Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI. Guests gathered to cook pad Thai while discussing the fraught nationalist history of the dish, fostering discussions about the intersection of food and politics.

LATERRE REALTY TRUST



2022

Duration: 2 hours
Form: Site-Specific Intervention
Materials: 120mm B&W Photographs, Microphone, Land, Contracts
LATERRE REALTY TRUST

A series of interventions where I impersonate a real estate agent and try to sell land at market rate. This is a video documenting my alter ego Pierre LaTerre selling square-feet of land to passers-by in front of the Brooklyn Central Library.

ON THE LINE



2021

Duration: 09:51
Form: Short documentary; 2K DCP

Screenings:
ON THE LINE

A short documentary I produced in collaboration with director and anthropologist Naomi Schil- ler and members of the Sixth Street Community Center. The film tells the story of the struggles of building community alongside an emergency food distribution program.

Collaborators: Naomi Schiller, Jen Chantrtanapichate, Kenny Wu, Chloe Lin, Sixth Street Community Center


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