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PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL | Workshop #2: Cross-Species Togetherness – Togetherness, Fermentation and Bacterial Cultures
May 25, 2022 14:00 - 16:00
All people who are interested in experimenting and want to explore new forms of cross-species togetherness are welcome in this workshop.
This workshop deals with the art of fermentation, one of the oldest methods of preserving food on the one hand and changing its taste on the other. Depending on the culture, the recipes are very different. One thing remains in common, namely the conversion of food with the help of bacterial, fungal and cell cultures. Food and especially the process of fermentation can be viewed as a medium of social interaction of sharing and coming together. The joint preparation, perception and tasting represents an identity-forming and existential component of social connection, a form of togetherness. The concept was inspired by the artistic practice of Melina Matzanke.
Please bring: 1 clean preserving jar (0,5 - 1,0 liters).
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About the artists:
Menna Tan (INTERSPACE_COLLECTIVE)
Mengna Tan (she/they) is a German-Chinese artist. In her work she plays with East Asian narratives, traditions and aesthetics that influenced her as a child of Chinese migrants in Germany. She is currently researching East Asian cyberpunk, anime and science fiction, and feminist utopias. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Berlin University of the Arts and a Bachelor in German Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. Mengna Tan is currently completing her Masters in Fine Arts at the Berlin University of the Arts in Christine Streuli's class. In 2021, Mengna Tan founded the BiPoC group Interspace Collective together with other students, an artist collective that provides a platform for BiPoC artists. She was part of the curatorial team of the exhibition "Kein Schlaraffenland" in the PSR Heizhaus by Uferstudios, which dealt with asymmetric power relations of food in colonialism and deep-seated postcolonial structures of nutritional practices and food. They worked together with the food and art collective "soydivision". She is also part of the editorial team for the student magazine "eigenart" at the Berlin University of the Arts.
Jamila Barakat (INTERSPACE_COLLECTIVE)
Jamila Barakat (she/her) is a German-Palestinian artist and teacher living and working in Berlin. She is studying MA fine arts at the Berlin University of the Arts and political science at the Freie Universität Berlin. In her artistic work she focuses on painterly references to vulnerability, fertility, connectedness and mortality and addresses questions about being human, in particular how human beings are shaped by the post-capitalist age in becoming one. Her works create organic imaginations that are compared to a cosmos of infinity and are reminiscent of the pictorial boundary between natural organisms and utopian worlds. In 2018 she was a scholarship holder of the Dorothea Konwiarz Foundation and in 2021 she founded the Interspace Collective, a collective of non-white artists: inside the Berlin University of the Arts, which organizes projects and exhibitions with other non-white artists: inside and collectives to create a platform against build up the under-representation of BiPoC artists in the Berlin art scene. She was part of the curatorial team of the exhibition "Kein Schlaraffenland" in the PSR Heizhaus by Uferstudios, which dealt with asymmetric power relations of food in colonialism and deep-seated postcolonial structures of nutritional practices and food. They worked together with the food and art collective "soydivision".
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