Thomas Kovachevich is included in The Animist Cookbook, a one-day exhibition at the Sunview Luncheonette, Brooklyn, NY, January 11, 2020, curated by Nitil Mukul.
The Animist Cookbook: Deep Listening, Deep Looking and the Agency of Things
William Powell, author of The Anarchist Cookbook (1971) said it was initially designed as a book meant to provide education towards "the silent majority" of the American population. He described that the book was not intended for extant political fringe organizations, rather it was designed to galvanize a great societal change by inciting the general population. It contains ‘recipes’ for the manufacture of explosives, rudimentary telecommunications phreaking devices, and related weapons, as well as instructions for home manufacturing of illicit drugs, including LSD.
The Animist Cookbook (2019) is an exhibition and a manual for recognizing that the silent, inanimate things around us, seemingly non-sentient, are in flux and can act and react with their own agency. Our surroundings and the things we are surrounded by are not necessarily passive, they exert influence on how we behave. The space around us, and its ambient conditions, respond to our presence and actions in ways that can be made more apparent through our interventions. The work presented shows a path to decenter ourselves and empathize with our environment.
The Animist Cookbook will have its presentation at the Sunview Luncheonette. A day and evening of actions, gestures, interactions, interventions with the space (inside/out) and the things that reside there. It will be accompanied by an actual cookbook with recipes contributed by the artists corresponding to their works. The Luncheonette appears more as a site of everyday life rather than the antiseptic space typical of galleries and museums. The accumulated history embedded in its materiality will provide a point of departure.
A tea will be served in the afternoon, and a light meal in the evening.