Kitchen139 - Ten-day Communal Kitchen Experiment

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Kitchen139 - Ten-day Communal Kitchen Experiment,

Ben Laloua/Didier Pascal

Project 06 Dec 2011-17 Dec 2011

A cooperation between W139 and Casco, in the context of 'The Grand Domestic Revolution – User’s Manual' 
Location: W139, Warmoesstraat 139, Amsterdam 
 
OPENING PROGRAMME 
The ten-day communal kitchen experiment 'Kitchen139' will be opening on Sat 3 December 2011 with an extensive evening program from 21.00 on. 
 
X Screening of the 2nd episode “The Cost of Living” of the cooperative sitcom 'Our Autonomous Life?' part of GDR, ca. 15 min. 
X Introduction to 'Plutopia - Policies for Globally Sustainable Common Wealth' by Claus Peter Pfeffer. 
X Cees van der Laarse Jr. sings Frank Sinatra. 
X 'Cooking to the bone', Sjim Hendrix’ Poor Men’s Kitchen. 
 
“…housekeeping and all matters pertaining formerly to the private sphere of the family have become a “collective” concern.” Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition (1958) 
 
INTRODUCTION 
More than half a century ago, Hannah Arendt stated that in the modern world two spheres of life – the private and the public –are not separated any longer and the economy is very much about how to keep a household and vice versa. However, how much do we know about our economy? More than a century ago, American feminists started building communal kitchens in order to socialise their isolated work as well as to save time for other activities such as the suffrage movement. What would we gain from such a communal kitchen today? And who is this “we”? 
 
'Kitchen139' transforms W139 into a ten-day open kitchen and invites all of those occupied with multiple deadlines and appointments towards the end of year, to join a collective house management where cooking, eating, talking, thinking, cleaning are all coming together. Inspiring or even more fatiguing, or possibly both? 
 
Each dinner will be prepared by a diversity of social and cultural initiatives, including Artists in Occupy Amsterdam, Amsterdam Dinner Movement and The Living Room(s), that will express their current works through the hospitality of cooking and serving. Each cooking process will be moderated by a host and broadcasted daily from 19.00-20.30 HRS on Red Light Radio for which listeners can not only learn of the original recipes but also the materials of thoughts behind them. Parallel to the cooking sessions will be a series of daily lectures by Amsterdam based economist Claus Peter Pfeffer on his alternative economic theory 'Plutopia - Policies for Globally Sustainable Common Wealth', aka Pfeifferism. 
 
'Kitchen139' has been co-developed by W139 and Casco in the context of the current project exhibition at Casco 'The Grand Domestic Revolution – User’s Manual' (GDR). In GDR exhibition, on view through 26 February 2012, the private status of domestic space is questioned and new forms of life in common are searched for. 'Kitchen139' is conceived out of an observation of what one may call a resurgence of interest in domesticity and social change embodied by movements such as Occupy Amsterdam, who are making common domestic matters public on the Beursplein. Only 200 metres away, Kitchen139 could be considered as a differentiated, extended tent of Occupy Amsterdam and a voice in the continuous call for a grand domestic revolution today. Next to our evening program, the space will be open for daily public use.  
 
PRACTICAL INFORMATION 
The restaurant is open at 19.00 from Tuesday 6 - Sunday 11 December and from Wednesday 14 - Saturday 17 December. 
The schedule to see who is cooking when will soon be published on the website. 
Reservations for the evenings are required and can be made via emailkitchen@w139.nl (please mention your name, email address, phone number and date of the evening) 
On the day itself via telephone: 020 6229434 (max. 20 reservations per night) 
The menu and the costs for each dinner are defined by the groups that are cooking. 
 
DAILY COOKING CALENDAR & CONTRIBUTORS 
Tues 6 Gerrit Rietveld Academie & Zwarte Piet is Racisme  
accompanied by Samuel Vriezen. Lecture #1 by C. P. Pfeffer 
Wed 7 Ask! Actie Schone Kunst & Girls Like Us 
accompanied by myvilllages.org and a choir. Lecture #2 by C. P. Pfeffer 
Thurs 8 Artists at Occupy Amsterdam  
Lecture #3 by C. P. Pfeffer 
Fri 9 Jan van Eyck Academie & KijkRuimte  
accompanied by Remco Torenbosch and Foodprint. Lecture #4 by C. P. Pfeffer 
Sat 10 Cream Passionel & Schijnheilig  
accompanied by Rick Dolfijn and Bavo  
Sun 11 Domestic Workers Netherlands (FNV) & Platform Re-Set  
accompanied by Read-in  
Wed 14 The Common Seminar & Mezrab  
accompanied by Marij Janssen  
Thurs 15 Premsela & Allegories of Good and Bad Government 
accompanied by Emory Douglas  
Fri 16 Amsterdam Dinner Movement  
Sat 17 The Living Room(s 
 
Spatial/identity design: 
Stefano Faoro & Mark Simmonds (Werkplaats Typografie)

Date

06 Dec 2011-17 Dec 2011

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