Death For Food, a conceptual photography project initiated in Portland, was looking to host its first exhibition in the region. In summer 2014, Set & Drift joined forces with DFF founder/photographer Jaime Fritsch to assist with event development. The project embodies a philosophy of sustainability, documenting the life and death of the animals we eat.
This Baja installment, developed with acclaimed chef Javier Plascencia, brought an experiential photography exhibition to a six-course dinner at Plascencia’s ranch restaurant, Finca Altozano. The event included an onsite harvest of local quails, followed by a meal cooked in the vineyards for 60 guests by Chef Plascencia, and paired with wines from holistic Valle de Guadalupe winery El Mogor and special release beers by San Diego’s Monkey Paw Brewery. Featured speakers led a discussion about responsible consumption, including founder/photographer Jaime Fritsch, author/San Diego Magazine food writer Troy Johnson, and holistic Baja rancher Pablo Rojas.
Set & Drift collaborated with Tijuana based architect Manuel Martinez to develop a conceptual exhibition structure for the event. A tunnel form built with materials from the local ranches, the structure housed the photography exhibit and served as an interactive, meditative space for the dinner guests.
It was truly an honor to be part of the community that developed around this event and to experience first-hand this incredible property that Javier Plascencia has created in Mexico.
In April 2011, Set & Drift was honored to assist with this evening of sights and sounds conceived by acclaimed designer/musician Josh Higgins. Grammy-nominated Seattle-based designers, Don and Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature, led a design talk, sharing career insights and sources of inspiration. Seeing that the event unfolded at the legendary Casbah, the seminar was followed by the musical artistry of The Black Heart Procession.
In September 2010, Set & Drift curated and hosted Current at The Bakery in Barrio Logan, coinciding with the ART SAN DIEGO Contemporary Art Fair. An exhibition of hand-crafted design, the show featured the West Coast debut of internationally acclaimed Seoul-based designer Kwangho Lee, along with Mercantile, a pop up shop showcasing design objects by 9 American designers and artists, including studios from Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
The furniture workshop of The Bakery underwent a temporary transformation to host Black Whale, a sculptural lighting installation knitted with power cords by Korean designer Kwangho Lee. Accompanying music in the gallery space was provided by Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman of The Silent Comedy.
The front studio was reimagined as Mercantile, a pop-up shop showcasing a collection of limited edition hand-crafted objects by 9 American designers and artists; including furniture pieces, prints, and hand-stitched textiles. Works by: Miki Iwasaki, Josh Higgins, Neko, Gabriel Salcedo, Casey Lurie, and Philipp Bosshart, with custom denim by Luxury Death Machine, and jewelry by Cloven Hoof.
Location: Tijuana, Mexico + Downtown San Diego, California
In summer 2010, Set & Drift collaborated with Turista Libre and Sezio for a bicycle-powered street art tour of Tijuana and San Diego, to coincide with Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s incredible city-wide installation Viva La Revolucion. The museum’s exhibition featured works both inside the museum galleries, as well as at public sites throughout downtown San Diego — involving an impressive international lineup that included Akay (Sweden), Banksy (U.K.), Blu (Italy), Stephan Doitschinoff [CALMA] (Brazil), Dr. Lakra (Mexico), Shepard Fairey (U.S.), Invader (France), JR (France), Barry McGee (U.S.), Ryan McGinness (U.S.), Os Gemeos (Brazil), Swoon (U.S.), and many others.
The weekend tour was split into two rides — one country on each day — and 150+ cyclists experienced urban art installations adorning both sides of the border the way they should be – on bike. The SD ride also corresponded with Bike to the Museum Day at MCASD’s downtown location.
In December 2009, Italian kitchen design showroom Arclinea was looking to create an annual holiday charity event to celebrate food and design at their lovely downtown San Diego location. We collaborated with the Arclinea SD designers to develop an event format that would enlist local architects and designers to re-imagine the gingerbread house for an exhibition and charity auction. The first year was a great success, raising over $5,000 for the local charity organization Second Chance.
Over ten incredible gingerbread houses were designed and constructed by the likes of mi-workshop, Matt Devine, Aaron Anderson, and Boomerang for Modern and drew hundreds of guests to the festive occassion.