Torshi Pickling and Methodologies

Pickles are one of the first foods that people made and will probably be the last. The process acts as a way to preserve, repurpose, and strengthen food. More specifically, Torshi are the pickled vegetables of many Balkan, Arab, Turkish, and Iranian cuisine. The word turşu is derived from Persian torsh, which means “sour.” In some families, no meal is considered complete without a bowl of torshi on the table.

In this workshop, led by former Tech Resident Alicia Mersy, participants will learn brine methods to create a variety of Torshi as they prepare their very own Torshi to take home. Through the simple process of pickling, we will both taste and discuss the process’ ability to encourage alternative forms and expanded use like relieving muscle cramps, boosting antioxidants, rebalancing the bodies pH, and providing good bacteria for your skin.

Price: $50

Date: The workshop is a one-day course meeting on March 1 from 1-4PM.

Audience: Open to all.

Materials: Materials included in price of the class.

Alicia Mersy (b. Montreal, Canada, 1988) is an artist and filmmaker of Lebanese/French origin who lives and works in New York. Her work uses the camera to connect to people and to the divine, nurturing her heart through theirs. She creates space for conversations, through video, digital images, documentary, and workshops in different political contexts within the themes of healing, social politics, and technology focusing on the resistance of repressive structures. Her work has been exhibited internationally including at Migros Museum, Zurich (2019); Institute of Contemporary Art: ICA, London (2017); Abrons Arts Center, New York (2019); and Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv (2016).

About Fruits of the Pluralist

Encouraging non-binary perception and embracing contradiction broadens Encouraging non-binary perception and embracing contradiction broadens communication to the world and to ourselves. Would it be possible for the real and the imaginary, start and finish, the articulate and the inarticulable, to not be oppositional?

Fruits of the Pluralist is a program series that explores technological systems and practices that recognize many different kinds of identities, structures, and forms of communication. The series will showcase workshops and activations centered in spatiality and non-binary complexity.

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Please note, this class is held in our Garden. In the case of the rain, this class will be cancelled and your registration refunded.