Sea Urchin Garum Workshop

A participatory, informative and ‘hands-on’ river float aboard the Yarra Countess in collaboration with Long Prawn and Pirjo Haikola and hosted by Open House Melbourne for Melbourne Design Week 2021.

Using eyes, ears and stomachs, this event prepares participants with the knowledge, skills and motivation to reclaim our sea floors. Over a two-hour period, guests heard from artist Pirjo Haikola about her work and research on sea urchins. Guests learned how to process and preserve sea urchin as garum (fish sauce under the creative guidance of LP and fermentation experts Furrmien.

Guests were provided with a sea urchin roe snack and a cool beverage from Monceau, as well as their own jar of sea urchin garum to consume after 9 months fermentation. Together we examined how we can creatively and consciously decide what food we eat.

Waterfront was proudly presented by Centre for Architecture Victoria | Open House Melbourne, in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and East Gippsland Shire Council. Waterfront is part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

Jar, bag, upcycled aprons: Candelaria Ibañez Sánchez
Upcycled table covering, bibs: Britta Rouse
Artwork: Alexandra Nemaric
Sea urchins: Pacific Sea Urchin
Refreshments: Monceau
Documentation: Ben Clemen