Artist Kate Rich has been operating Feral Trade import-export out of Bristol since 2003. Feral Trade deals in small quantities of migrant groceries direct from their suppliers that are circulated by the movements of people and their excess baggage, primarily using other artists, curators, friends and relations as mules.
Open daily for Festival breakfast, light lunch and the occasional cocktail hour, the menu includes: coffee from El Salvador, tortillas from Mexico, light bites from Beirut, Moroccan energy balls, apple mush from Orchard of Avon, jugged British rabbit slain in Bristol, grappa from Croatia and fresh sweets from the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In addition to working as a café during the Festival, Feral Trade products were exhibited and available for sale.
From 5–6pm on five evenings during the Festival, Kate Rich curated a series of Cocktail Hour Talks, where speakers presented experiments and findings on the politics, economics and sociology of food, our most fundamental energy unit – all served with a Feral Trade cocktail.
Feral Trade Café guest artists Polytechnic also presented The Shredder inviting you to bring in old computer manuals to be shredded into useful organic matter. A recycling project with a difference, the resulting paper is then mixed with coffee grounds to create a compost to cultivate café ingredients.
Kate Rich is an Australian-born artist and trader. In the 1990s she moved to California to work with the Bureau of Inverse Technology (BIT), an international agency producing an array of critical information products including economic and ecologic indices, event-triggered webcam networks, and animal operated emergency broadcast devices. Since 2000 she has worked in Bristol, UK, where she launched Feral Trade, a public experiment trading goods over social networks.
Commissioned by AV Festival 10, in partnership with Tyneside Cinema.