For the tenth anniversary of the Terroir Hospitality Symposium, we have brought together a series of immersive art installations that look beyond food production and preparation to draw from the wider ecology that informs these systems and open up new ways of thinking about the anthropocene, locality and place. Taking up this year’s theme “Art, Culture, Technology”, each of these projects operate in the space between art and design, reflecting on current consumer culture and the ways in which contemporary design has permeated all aspects of daily life. From analog to cutting edge technologies, together the works attempt to create an expanded vision of the possibilities for extending hospitality and design beyond the farm, kitchen and table.

A new work by Victoria Taylor SOIL IS THE MOTHER, welcomes participants to the symposium through a proposition to locate and orient oneself through your home soil. Throughout the day, a Dymaxion map of ancient geologies will transform into an analogue feed of reflections about local terroir and about role we all play in shaping, removing, and altering the landscape of food. Master of hospitality, Dean Baldwin, takes over the AGO Walker Court with his infamous nomadic barchitecture piece Bar Piano, providing guests with a classy gathering point to rest, recharge and converse over cocktails. [R]ed[U]x Lab presents a modular edible landscape viewable from all angles, while the Nomadic Visions Collective creates a landscape of large-scale magnified mould spores, both revealing the often hidden micro-scale of growth and transformation. Finally, Third Millenium Farming demonstrates the next generation of protein production with their artfully designed cricket reactors. Together we hope these experimental works offer a point of departure from traditional narratives and allow for the building of new connections and possibilities. 

Leila Timmins is a writer and curator based in Toronto.
She is the current Head of Exhibitions at Gallery 44. 


Bar PianoDean Baldwin

Dean Baldwin’s Bar Piano transforms the AGO’s Walker Court into a convivial speakeasy, replete with a fully stocked, reconditioned baby grand piano serving as Terroir’s aperitivio and wine bar. Part of Baldwin’s legendary barchitecture, Bar Piano pays homage to the era of grand travel and classy hotel bars, using salvaged and scavenged materials to create an elegant reprieve for symposium participants.

Dean Baldwin is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Montreal. His installations are neither limited by functionality nor aesthetic disinterestedness, but work somewhere beyond these universalizing, exclusionary boundaries, fusing together a space that is both inhabitable and fantastical.

Baldwin studied Fine Arts at York University (Toronto) as well as completing his MFA at Concordia University (Montreal, 2003). He has participated in numerous national and international residencies, including stays in Venice, Dublin and Mumbai and also had the opportunity to travel to London following the reception of an award through the Canada Council International Residencies Program. He has had solo projects at MOCCA (Toronto), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Contemporary No.9 (Toronto), Centre Clark (Montreal) and Volta 5 (Basel, Switzeralnd). His work was included in the 2013-2014 touring MASS MoCA exhibition Oh Canada, the Sculpture Bienniale (Saint-Port de Joli), the Junction Arts Festival (Tasmania) and the 2011 Quebec Triennial.

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SOIL IS THE MOTHER : Victoria Taylor

 SOIL IS THE MOTHER is an interactive artwork, inviting participants to ground their experience of the symposium through the place they call home. Aligning the idea of terroir with a primal motherhood, Victoria Taylor builds layers of narrative to bring attention back to the indivisible elements that allow us to create – the soil to grow plants, the base for a sauce or the bacterial cultural that transforms an ingredient. Presenting a graphic rendering of earth’s geologic formations on Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion map, SOIL IS THE MOTHER uses the patterns and processes that formed the worlds’ soils to encourage a new understanding about the need to protect local soils as we build our global local food cultures.

Victoria Taylor pushes forward new ideas informed and inspired by context, ecology, public engagement and social and horticultural possibilities. Taylor engages with landscape as an artistic and cultural practice through public and private design commissions, curatorial projects, teaching, writing, and concept‐driven artwork installations.

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Terrena : [R]ed[U]x Lab

The lush foliage of the surface of Terrena explores the dichotomy between manicured landscapes and spaces free of human influence. The installation offers an alternative to a static and unproductive environment by investigating how a planted surface can be an adaptation of its surroundings. Bringing together herbs and grasses from the Don River Ravine system, the work displays the plant’s root systems, shifting perceptions of the landscape and our relation to it.

[R]ed[U]x Lab is a collective of digital fabricators and designers from Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science. Headed by Professor Vincent Hui, this group investigates the use of digital fabrication and interactive technologies in designing projects ranging from household products to entire urban installation pieces.


Hypha : Nomadic Vision Studio

Hypha, makes visible the often hidden agents of molecular and gastronomic transformation. Taking its name from the Latin word Hypha, meaning the filaments of mould spores, the work explores the relationship between nature and urbanity through employing mould as metaphor, acting as both an invasive element in built environments and as a symbol of urban sprawl. In the gallery, the large-scale 3D renderings of the spores are clustered to create a constellation of unique shapes, revealing the intricate microscopic forms and mapping their creative potential.

Nomadic Vision Studio is an art, architecture and design collective made up of masters students from the Universityof Toronto’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Claire Kurtin, Nadia Pulez and Ramin Yamin.     

Cricket Reactors : Third Millenium Farming

These artfully designed, plexiglass structures house what Jakub Dzamba calls the solution to our world food shortages: crickets. Stacked to form a tower of individual units, these cricket high rises offer a sustainable, high protein, energy efficient and delicious food source you can grow at home.   

Thrid Millenium Farming (3MF) is the project of Jakub Dzamba, conceived during his Masters of Architecture studies at the University of Toronto in 2009. 3MF is an approach to urban agriculture that utilizes city bio-wastes (such as grey water and black water) to farm micro-crops such as algae and grass, which serve as feed for micro-livestock (insects), which are then humanely euthanized, baked and pulverized into a new ingredient called protein flour. 


Illustrator, cookbook author and chief designer for Food on Your Shirt Pierre Lamielle will be recording the tenth Terroir Symposium through sketch throughout the day. Join the Calgarian artist for Kitchen Drawer, as he busts out a live illustration—Pierre will draw on your pairing suggestions and ideas to create a giant chicken-flavoured montage.

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Once again, Toronto portraitist John Gundy will set up his travelling photo studio. His hope this year is to surpass last year’s record of 50 intimate portraits in 10 hours. Gundy does not shoot with the goal of capturing a person’s occupation or their whole life in a single image. “My photographs are about a few minutes spent in the company of another,” says Gundy. “Did we play? Did they let their guard down? Did I fall in love with my subject?”  

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photographic interludes : curated by Voula Halliday

contemplations, illuminations & meditations on food

The hours we spend working and socializing from our computers leaves us craving a connection that technology cannot provide. Hungry for sensory fulfillment we find ourselves endlessly drawn to images of food because food is essential and eating is engaging.

While food photography shows us what will be eaten, or what is being eaten, it also transcribes the era, the people, the culture, and the terroir beyond the plate. A moment in time is contemplated, recorded, and illuminated through the photographer’s lens.

The Terroir 10 Photographic Interludes, express the moment “when the photograph disappears and all you see is the story” (Penny De Los Santos). Photographs by Clarissa Westmeyer, Huge Galdones, Donna Griffith, Rick O’Brien, Penny DeSantos, David Griffen & Noah Witenoff.


Charles Pachter, based in Toronto and Orillia, is widely regarded as one of Canada's foremost contemporary artists. 
Queen Bee Honey was created to honour the fine work of Ms. Melanie Coates, Toronto-based BEEGrrl founder and urban beekeeper.