‘Fruits of Matadero’ by Orkan Telhan

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‘Fruits of Matadero’ by Orkan Telhan

July 11, 2019 - July 27, 2019

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“Fruits of Matadero” is a concept about growing popsicles in public space to develop new forms of cooling rituals with friends and families under an oasis of palm trees. “When it is hot in July, we gather under the canopy, eat our popsicles and think about the Paris Agreement,” will say one young climate advocate, enjoying their “red” popsicle.

Matadero’s fruits have special probiotic ingredients that come in three flavors that match the pledges made during COP21, the Paris Agreement: the current (2.7-3.7°), the promised (1.5-2C°), and the anticipated (>4C°), corresponding to the degrees of weather change in the coming decades. The flavors of the popsicles will change every year and adapt to new wishes. As it is hard to grow all kinds of fruit trees in Matadero, we use robotic bioreactors that make the flavors, proteins, and nutrients with microorganisms. These popsicle makers live on the palm trees, ferment the organisms, charge themselves with, the sun and come down to deliver their frozen fruits when someone pays them with their phone—like a vending machine. When their flavors are finished, the popsicle sticks reveal one actionable item that remind us what to do to adapt to climate change, leaving behind a collectible item.

The oasis of palm trees can change their design from neighborhood to neighborhood in Madrid; include local plants, seating, and sheltering elements to make it worth spending time under the sun, hopefully, for much longer…

“Fruits of Matadero” (2019) Orkan Telhan.
Kinetic bioreactor (designed by Biorealize, Inc.), artificial palm tree, modified McCaw parrot (by Hasbro, Inc.), sample probiotic popsicles, and visual documentation.

Opening Reception
Thursday, July 11
6 —8 p.m.
Esther Klein Gallery (EKG), 3600 Market Street

Artist Lecture
July 11, 2019
5 – 6 pm
Venture Café
3675 Market Street, 3rd floo


July 11, 2019
July 27, 2019
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Esther Klein Gallery
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