The Makers Exhibition consists of ongoing two live events that will take place on every day of the Prague Quadrennial. During these all-day events, which will be held at the Gallery at Bethlehem Chapel, artists from all over the world will prepare and perform food inspired by and coming from different theatre performances.
The Makers Exhibition is a new experimental addition to the main exhibition, which aims to exhibit makers in the act of making and to capture their activity in the dynamic areas of making. PQ offers a platform to examine the intersection between the worlds of theatre, drama and food design. PQ invites scenographers (makers) to design their theatrical food and dining experience in front of an audience in order to explore not only the design of food itself, but also the way it is prepared, presented, shared and played out. For this experiment, PQ has provided a Makers workshop kitchen, a nostalgic machinery food chain environment with a theatrical twist in an art gallery in Prague.
The color and drama of food preparation and cooking has become an increasingly social activity. The kitchen is now seen as a theatre in which the act of preparing, cooking and sharing food becomes a private performance for invited guests. It has become valued as a shared tactile experience. PQ Makers and their visitors will examine the relationship between these things by preparing the theatre and the food experience, by cooking and sharing theatre food with their visitors. Makers will put their theatre design and food design together at the same table and use food as their theatrical material. Individual Makers will make a food journey for the audience to see, smell, hear and taste, but mostly to experience.
Makers are invited to redo their existing theatre-performance work – to recycle it (adapt part of it or an idea from it to the new situation). The theme should be theatrical and should take the form of a reference to an existing play or performance recycled into a food experience. They are invited to make an experience for all the senses and include the essence of their past projects. The aim is to make something new with inspiration from old work but NOT to re-stage something that the Maker has done before.
Imagine that, instead of a classical theatre stage, black box or site-specific stage, the Maker is given a theatrical restaurant surrounding in which to express themselves through food.
What is important is that visitors see how the Makers draw, think, work and develop ideas, and what the process of creating a new work looks like. The PROCESS is the most IMPORTANT. The preparation and development is as important as the making of the food.
We wish you a pleasant, enjoyable, comforting journey through the hallways of the theatrical mind of imagination and craft.
Curator: Rebekka A. Ingimundardóttir
The list of artists and performances
A Change of Harp: Andrew Huston, Elizabeth Huston /US/;
Canteen 50A Lab: I-Shun Lee, Dadiow Lin, Chien-Han Hung, Jo-Peng Ou /TW/;
EL Hijo Tonto: Lucía Sánchez, Luisa Costales, Marta de las Heras, María Núñez, Luz Moreno, Luis Rodríguez Carnero /ES/;
Flesh System: Korina Kordova, Przemek Kamiński, Mateusz Szymanówka; Jadłonomia: Marta Dymek /PL/;
Geng Beng: Jana Zimčíková, Martina Oškrdová, Dalibor Vybíral; Kristin Hunt, Leigh Henderson /US/;
Alicia Marván /MX/;
Paravan: Melita Courta, Harris Kafkarides, Maria Papacosta, Elena Georgiadou, Loukia Pieridou, Marios Kakoulli /CY/;
Sisters Hope: Gry Worre Hallberg, Connie Svabo, Nana Senderovitz, Diana Lindhardt, Ulf Rathjen Kring Hansen /DK/;
The Food Project: Kathleen Irwin, Anna Birch, Rachel Hann, Athena Stourna, Cathy McComb, Marianna Kutulas-Vrsalovic, Emmanouela Vogiatzaki-Krukowski /CA, GR, GB/;
The Indirect Object: Beth McMahon, Michael Bevitt, Geoff Adams, Gabriel Partington /AU/;
T.I.T.S.: Nela H. Kornetová, Ann Sofie Godø, Björn Hansson, Juli Apponen /CZ, NO,SE/;
Miriane Zgheib /LB/