Photo: Jeff Louie
The Everything Company - Vancouver, Canada
Jason Gowans - Vancouver, Canada
Simon Benedict - Vancouver, Canada
Michael Love - Vancouver, Canada
Smoke House, 2013
11 - Richmond-Adelaide Centre, 111 Richmond Street West
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The Everything Company will construct a large-scale cedar smoking hut powered by three bicycles. The
artists will invite participants to pedal throughout the night to keep the salmon smoking, ultimately
serving the smoked fish.
Curing and smoking meat is a process that predates refrigeration. You can preserve meat for a long
time with little more than salt and fire. This project takes an incredibly simple process and turns it
into an endurance performance, making it much more complicated than it ever need be. Through work and
play, this Sisyphean effort will elaborate on our ongoing exploration of work and leisure.
As Vancouver artists, The Everything Company recognize that British Columbians’ relationship
with salmon is somewhat spiritual and has become a symbol for our destruction of natural resources. Yet,
despite all this, we keep farming at an exponential rate, destroying its populations and habitat. While
we perform this event we will be constantly cycling without moving forward, much like hamsters in a wheel,
perpetually moving without actually getting anywhere and all the while bound to the salmon.
The Everything Company is a collaborative of artists interested in the dichotomy of work and leisure
who see art as a playful process of work. The Everything Company is comprised of artists Chris Dahl,
Jason Gowans and Michael Love who grew up in Chilliwack, British Columbia and now live in Vancouver.