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The Counter Kitchen hosts two new workshops in March which promise to be fun, tasty, informative and messy. In the first one on March 12 we will reverse engineer (think: break down and rebuild) J&J Baby Lotion with the help of Soapwalla chef, Rachel Winard. The second one on March 19 will be all about ice cream with the maestro supper club chef, Mike Lee.

Each workshop costs $10 per person, which includes admission, tastes, take-aways, and recipes.

Click here for more info.

 
People: Brooke Singer
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I am in a group show at the Abrons Art Center (on the lower east side). The opening is this Sunday, March 6, from 6-8 pm. See infos below:

 
People: Brooke Singer
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This is going to be GREAT! I am on the steering committee and jury. We are looking forward to many fascinating, enlightening, fun and powerful entries. Please spread the word.

Data Viz Challenge Web Site

About: Every year, Americans fill out income tax forms and make a payment to the IRS. It’s an important civic duty, but it is also a lot of money. Where does it all go? Using data provided by WhatWePayFor.com, we challenge you to create a data visualization that will make it easier for U.S. citizens to understand how the government spends our tax money.

 
People: Brooke Singer
Tags: research

Soap Chef Rachel Winard will be joining us in The Counter Kitchen at Eyebeam in mid-March. More details soon. You will be able to sign up & help us reverse engineer something pink and BUTTery… That is all I am saying for now.

Here is a link to the Soapwalla site in meantime: http://www.etsy.com/shop/soapwallakitchen

 
People: Brooke Singer
Tags: research

My husband, Ricardo Miranda, has a recent remix of an older project that just launched as part of Stories in Reserve. Take a listen.

http://temporarytraveloffice.net/stories/Dentimundo.html

About: This walking tour of Tijuana finds one example of transnational commerce in a rather unexpected place–a dentist’s chair. This 20 min. audio track features narration by Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga and interviews with dentists from the Mexican border towns of El Progresso, Ojinaga, Juarez, Nogales, Mexicali and Tijuana. The track ends with a song written by Ricardo with music composed by Alejandro Espino Aldana and performed by Alejandro Espino Aldana, Benjamin Rivera Cruz, Mary-Ann Murnane & Giovanni Jesus Borquez Carvajal.

 
People: Brooke Singer
Tags: research

Jenna is cooking pop-tarts! I am so excited to taste them _tomorrow_. This recipe was inspired by the pesticides, petroleum and a lot of ??? in Kellog’s Strawberry Pop-Tarts®. Deconstruction by Hunter high, redesigned by TCK and next eating by you (if you visit our kitchen tomorrow at 1pm). More info about TCK pop-tarts, with video-assisted cooking techniques, on our new website thecounterkitchen.org. When? Soon.

 
People: Brooke Singer
Tags: research

I read a lot of environmental blogs and need help parsing through the info. But I also get awfully depressed once I come out the other end. So, the ECO NEWS TICKER keeps things balanced, the good and the bad in tandem. Because it does feel like the glass is half empty these days.

URL: http://bsing.net/econews_ticker.html

 
People: Brooke Singer
Tags: research

I have finally posted a few of my photographs from my ongoing Superfund series. I have been working on this for nearly two years now, so about time, I know. The initial image download may be slow — be patient. Will get the kinks worked out tomorrow hopefully.

Oh, yeah, the URL: http://www.bsing.net/superfund_photo.html !!

 
People: Brooke Singer
Tags: research

While in San Francisco over the holidays, I was able to get back to Hunter’s Point and shoot some more. The Navy granted me access to most of the Superfund site, except portions that have yet to undergo remediation or are too dilapidated. I noticed a considerable amount of change since I was there last July. The cleanup seems to be moving fast, which makes me think that construction of a new 49ers football stadium might be in the not so distant future. Here are some keel blocks that were once used at the dry docks (shot with my iphone). My 4×5 negatives are still at the lab…

 
People: Brooke Singer
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Stefani Bardin and I launched The Counter Kitchen at Eyebeam in Dec 2010. We started with a day-long workshop with NYC high school students from Hunter Math & Science. They brought their favorite food and home products (such as Strawberry Poptarts, Diet Coke, Johnson’s Baby Lotion and Axe Shampoo) for us to reverse engineer together. We got to work mapping out the ingredients — learning where they come from and what they do. Then the students re-labeled their products based on research. Pesticides in your Poptarts anyone? 10% petroleum filling and 90% question mark!? Where’s the berry? Fun stuff!! Oh, and we made some gatorade and toothpaste from scratch too. They both got “thumbs up” from our super tasters (the students).