The aim of the project is two-fold: 1) to design a modular set of tools which would turn a home kitchen into the biolab and 2) to teach audiences to use a home kitchen for the new purpose. The lab arrangement of the kitchen will provide the atmosphere for discourses around the world and society including cultural heritage and scientific knowledge, fermentation and distillation, humans and non-human animals. These discourses will also be shared with audiences during the events scheduled over the term of the project in various foreseen locations.
The audience will be invited to join kitchen lab experiences and share their knowledge which will feed back into the course of the nomadic kitchen-biolab and/or organisation of the future modular set of tools. Part of the nomadic kitchen-biolab will be a variety of art works contributed by participating and guest artists. The events will also serve as places for introducing results and involving new audiences into the kitchenlab processes.
Penicillin is a group of antibiotics produced from penicillium fungi lurking around bread, citric fruits, and all around. It kills a number of pathogenic bacteria and is considered to be a kind of useful antibiotic for humans. While actually growing penicillium molds, we will talk about interaction between fungi and bacteria. We will also discuss up to date issues around antibiotics and probiotics. Read More →
Distillation is a simple chemical process of separating the component substances from a liquid mixture by selective evaporation and condensation. The oldest described distillation equipment dates from about 5500 b.c. which was a pot with top on which sponges where mounted and just squeezed after boiling. Common uses of Distillation are extracting gasoline from petroleum and producing Ethanol. On this we will focus in this workshop. Read More →
Penka will be introducing an unusual way to work with glass in a kitchen laboratory circumstances. Up to 15 to 20 min can be enough for the glass to fuse in a microwave kiln. Most common glass in the everyday surrounding contains up to 50-80 % of SiO2. The transformation can be seen in a short term. Read More →
How does the dough grow? What does it need for it? Discovering the secrets of dough mixing and dough kneading. Together we want to acquire this knowledge, then try to see how the dough can become a body and how the body can become a dough. How can we transfer this principle to our bodies? Through the hands of others feel our own body. How can these two approaches become an artistic one, which is expressed in different forms such as sculpture, photography, film or performance. The workshop also serves the exchange of life recipes and mindfulness practice as a part of kitchen magic. Read More →
“Sun collaborations: A workshop introducing the cyanotype process” workshop on cyanotype which is a photographic printing process producing a cyan-blue print and can be performed on a variety of papers and textiles. While the photo chemicals are painted onto the print surface in a dark room, the print itself is made outside, under direct sunlight. The process uses two chemicals: ammonium iron (III) citrate and potassium ferricyanide, which are both safe to handle and easy to obtain. Read More →
“Compressing Time” is a workshop about the transformation of natural found materials using intense heat. A site specific and processed- based workshop collecting twigs and branches from the local area of Schillerkiez, to then slowly compress the material to make charcoal.
Trees grow over many years and shed their branches. By slowly adding heat to them they will tranform into another element. Read More →