The Stock market
The stock market is a place of trade.
Originally a site for the buying and selling of livestock, it’s modern iteration is radically excised from the ‘live’ forms that gave it meaning. This project interrogates Western processes of production and consumption to demystify the role animals play within our food systems.
Located on Market Street, Newcastle, The Stock Market is a place of production and trade at the consumerist heart of the city. From the point of slaughter through to processing and sale; the project reclaims the butcher as a skilled artisan, responsible for linking the once familiar encounter of death with the quotidian visit to the market. The animal is celebrated in its disassembly through the processes of chilling, drying, rendering, steaming and smoking; expressed as architectural forms within a sunken garden or ‘hortus conclusus.’
The Stock Market does not shy away from the finality of death or mask the violent act of slaughter, rather it highlights the handicraft of the butcher and celebrates the delight and sacrifice that underpins our sustenance.