Rice Brewing Sisters Club are a collective based in South Korea who explore the idea of social fermentation. Their practice ranges from visual art, performance, creative writing, oral history, ecological thinking and auntie wisdoms. Rice Brewing Sisters Club experiment with ways to cultivate social networks between microorganisms, humans and the natural and urban environment throughout Southeast Asia. Thinking of fermentation as more than just a biochemical process, the Social Fermentation Archive is a compilation of the sisters’ travels across South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan, connecting voices and practices engaged in social fermentation.
The Social Fermentation Archive consists of fermentation recipes, intercultural conversations and actions, collective practices, decolonial histories, geographical and geological observations, rituals and belief systems, all of which are conveyed in various forms of text, image, video, objects, and mapping experiments. The breadth of this social fermentation – both within the archive and among the travelled sites – reveals how important sharing cultural knowledge across national borders can be.