The Cooking Show: a video essay by Dirty Furniture (2020)

Directed by Dirty Furniture (Elizabeth Glickfield and Anna Bates).

The cooking show is as old as television itself. But why do we like watching the making of a meal that most of us will never cook, let alone eat? Dirty Furniture’s jam-packed video essay is a rollercoaster ride through the history of the genre, at once a staple of television viewing and a hotpot of shifting perspectives and sociocultural values.

Commissioned as part of Critical Cooking Show, a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the Istanbul Design Biennial within the context of its fifth edition, Empathy Revisited: Designs for more than one. Watch the full film here: https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/critical-cooking-show/358101/the-cooking-show-with-dirty-furniture/