|F O O D - (K O
Paintings - Drawings - Video - Photographie - Installation - Action - Objects
- curated by Nanna Lüth
Jessica Broas (GB)
Rebecca Dagnall (AU)
Meike Dölp / Rolf Gesing (Berlin)
Lisa Glauer (Berlin)
Torsten Goffin (Köln)
Nanna Heidenreich / Antje Kirschning (Berlin)
Andy Hsu (GB)
Folke Köbberling (Berlin)
Ulrich Krauss (Berlin)
Christine Kriegerowski (Berlin)
Christine Lohr (Berlin)
Nanna Lüth (Berlin)
Annette Munk (Berlin)
Pukar/ Rahul Srivastava / Gauri Patwardhan (I)
Karen Scheper de Aguirre (Berlin)
Ulrich Schlotmann (Berlin)
Marie Vermeiren (B)
Waltraud M. Weiland (Berlin)
Frank Werner (Berlin)
The Berliner Kunstprojekt in december 2002 presented F O O D - (K O S
T) with works from artists and scientists from Berlin and Cologne, England,
Belgium, India and Australia.
KOST showed works, who dealt with the pleasures and horrors of
cooking, regional culinary traditions and their social and poliical implications.
Thecreative preparations of the FOOD theme covered a wide rang from staging
cooking actions to the precise observation of culinary processes to the
sculptural deformation of food stuff.
Workshop to clarify
the notion of the "food for life" ("Lebensmittel"):
The" food-for-life-office" (Lebenmittelbüro) organized
events (screenings, discussions, actions, meals) to contextualize the
F O O D - works.
and their works:
Highglossy photographs of carefully decorated arrangements in cooking books
promise great culinary enjoyment. For more than a year Meike Dölp
and Rolf Gesing daily prepared a dish from a cooking book. They also
took pictures of the final product, sometimes carelessly thrown on a plate,
sometimes beautifully decorated and pasted them on the original food photographs.
A new different cooking book came out.
Cafés are typical for the streets of 'old' Bombay. Their owners tell
stories about migration and home.What did / does it mean to be irani?
As a part of the neighbourhood projects Pukar (Partners for Urban
Knowledge Action and Research) students from Wilson College filmed their
favourite hang-out joints near their school and examined their neighbourhood.
Rahul Srivastava (coordination) und Gauri Patwardhan (editing)
accompanied the interdisciplinary project"....aur irani chai"
("...even more irani tea").
The second film from Gauri Patwardhandocuments the handmade productionof
a cake by an inspired hobby baker. Individual adaptions of traditional cake
recipes give an idea of the personality of the baker distancing herself
from stereotype female rolemodels. The documentary look of the indian filmmaker
at the german woman means an inversion of the usual ethnografic perspektive.
Waltraud M. Weiland documents visits enthusiastic cooks as well and
opens private cooking situations to the public. The woman behind the camera
asks personal sometimes uneasy questions about the lustful fascination on
the preparation of meals, individual consumer habits, conditions of production
in agriculture and animal breeding, the use of fair trade products... The
"cooking studio" turns into the place of a sensitive provocative
communication between cook and artist, which develops with the progress
of the menu. The video was shown as a rough-cut. There is no end to the
Those who don´t cook and have no cooking artists around, oftfen have
to content themselves with "junk food". This does not have to
be a compelling loss of quality of life, prove Torsten Goffins photographs.
A series of chocolate bars is mantled with gold and shot on violet and red
Kriegerowski has been active for years in sausage and meat research.
In her "BSE retrospektive" she sends images (drawings, photographs,
video/performance) from the sausage sky and presents the results of research:
photos of hamburger meat from Omaha, Nebraska and water colour impressions
from the deep freezer.
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quotes from Beuys to Dürer Ulrich Krauss carved a hare and covered
the pieces with gold. The documentation of this performance was installed
as the likewise dissected "image of the hare".
shows a sequence of photos of waitresses and sellers in the food section
at their working place in their working outfit. Apart from the hygienical
reasons the uniforms are designed as a part of the fittings and make the
wearers embody the shop / restaurant identity.
video artist Frank Werner demonstrates with his installation "survival
training" with a combination of exploding cakes, 3 shooting women
and baking recipes the dangerous potential of family recipes.
Andy Hsu stages the menace of a standard family idyl by nutrition
of a different kind. In a glass bowl worms dig the ground on which stands
a miniatur toy house. The subversive worms Die subversiven worms get with
their processes of nutrition and secretion the set into trouble.
In Jessica Broas animation "householdship" a chocolate
éclair plays the central part of a whale. On the wavy background
made by crochet covers "householdship" tells stories about whaling
and the dangers of seafaring. The forbidden play with food hints at the
rebellious re-production of family history.
action "Kommt nicht in die Tüte" (no bag for this - a german
expression for strong opposition against a fact or a proposal)- the contribution
by the artist Karin Heisecke to the international competition "Stop
Rape"- treats the issue of domestic violence. paper bags in bakeries
were used in the battle against sexual violence. Statistics on (domestic)
sexual violence and the telephone numbers of local helplines transformed
the bags, the wrapper of the bread and rolls - into activist flyers and
linked the question of daily nutrition to the one of sexual violence and
The video from Marie Vermeiren asks clients, shop assistants and
owners and activists from local initiatives for reactions, observations
and experiences with the bag campaign.
Köbberlings "Concrete Cuisine" initiated in 1999 at
the projectspace "loop" a forum to the subject of urban planning
at Berlin. F O O D presents the documentation of her critical kitchen,
where all material could be used for culinary statements: building and
hobby materials, media, texts, ideas were prepared for the nutrition of
urban population. Steffen Schindler & Cornelia Gutschke for example
reconstructed the Berliner city castle from 10 liters ice-cream. in the
heat of the discussion and the studiolights the castle started to melt
away. The reconstruction of the Berliner city castle has been a controversial
decision of the local government.
Glauer paints the interiors of fridges of friends and herself in warm
colours. Stilistically borrowing from landscape painting and with a strong
interest for the regional specialities, which she states very clearly
after her move from NY to Berlin (quote: "Somehow it was funny that
the yogourt "Mark Brandenburg" (region near Berlin) hangs out
in my freezer."), she honours very mundane objects like egg boxes
and yogourt cups.
Dagnall, video artist from australia, celebrates with her "tupperware
shrine" the suburban culture of the plastic containers. Originally
useful for the steril storage of perishable food, they are arranged to
be the columns of Suburbia and frame to a short multicoloured musical
on 4 happy Tupperwareclients, who sing the real(!) Tupperware song.
"60 forms of possibility" Annette Munk sculpts with noodle
dough. Starting from the notion "Teigtasche" ("dough bags"
are specialities from southern germany), which, as an austrian friend
assured her, is missing the culinary point in Austria - in Vienna at least
- completely because of its indifferentiated meaning, she accounts for
the real inexistence of "Teigtaschen" with her artistic invention.
Word meets material and creates miniature bags. An alphabet of noodle
objects are mounted in lines on the wall and may be read as text.
Lebensmittelbüro (food for life office) by Nanna Lüth,
a space constructed with photographic wall-papers and furnished with animated
photographs, tells fiction around meals, friendship, love and architecture.
This subjective approach to the necessary "means for living"
(the literal translation of lebensmittel) acts as a framework for the
public workshop to clarify the notion of the "food for life":
Nanna Heidenreich and Antje Kirschning show here their inadequate
serious reconstruktion of a homophile Tupper-Party. With the help of scenic
photographs and an e-mail-exchange with the former guests they sseqarch
for the traces of a legendary event in Berlin in the year 1999.
Scheper de Aguirre de-functionalizes favourite books into"Trips".
Trips are "baking goods" from loved books, soakes, ripped and
kneaded to be taken away. During the exhibtion she fed book cookies to guests
with the task to remember ones readings, what it meant and why something
became a favourite book.