Kaajal Modi is an artist and multidisciplinary designer with a background in community food activism, participatory design for social contexts and graphics & illustration. She is currently completing a practice-based PhD in sustainable food futures, supervised across the Digital Cultures Research Centre and the Science Communication Unit at UWE, Bristol. Through her research practice she speculates just and sustainable climate futures in collaboration with diverse communities (human, ecological, microbial).
For the Radio Arts Catalyst residency, Kajaal will work with research outcomes and materials from a previous research residency to develop a multi-layered sound installation/experience that can be listened to in your own kitchen while you cook, that captures the experience of being taught how to cook by a friend or family member. The piece will further incorporate microbial becomings, creating an intercultural dialogue between the people and the bacteria who are collaborating in our preserved foods, thereby connecting us more fully to our food systems.