Monday, October 29, 2007

Event: Kitchen, la Cuisine Transportable

I thought this might be of interest to readers in New York.

M i d - M a n h a t t a n L i b r a r y


"Kitchen la cuisine transportable"

Thorsten Baensch and Christine Dupuis

Tuesday November 6, 2007

6:30 p.m. on the 6th floor

Mid-Manhattan Library

The New York Public Library

40th Street and 5th Avenue

New York, NY 10016


"Kitchen, la cuisine transportable" is a performance project by Thorsten Baensch and Christine Dupuis. Founded in 2001, it has been shown in cultural centers, galleries, museums, and schools located in Brussels , Courtrai, Düsseldorf, Munich , Paris and Tunis .

A cardboard construction plastered with paper-plate drawings, handwritten recipes, notes, etc. the Kitchen acts as a backdrop for the artists to barter soup, tea and marzipan in return for visitors’ personal recipes or drawings. "We create an atmosphere where people can sit, eat and talk with us" Baensch explains. "It’s a social project, and exchange is at its center." The collection has grown to around 1500 recipes, drawings, food related texts and other documents forming the core of an extraordinary book project which will be on display.

Thorsten Baensch, born in Heide ( Germany ) in 1964, has lived and worked in Brussels since 1991. He is an artist and publisher, and has worked as a bookseller and book production manager in Hamburg , Munich , Cologne and New York . He studied painting in Brussels and Milan . In 1995 he established Bartleby & Co. a small artist enterprise for artist’s books and editions. His limited edition books are held in many prestigious collections such as Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (München), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Museum of Modern Art ( New York ), New York Public Library, Tate Gallery ( London ), and Van Abbemuseum ( Eindhoven ).

Christine Dupuis, born in Marcinelle ( Belgium ) in 1946, lives and works in Brussels . She has worked with food since her childhood. She is an artist and "conseillère culinaire." Nowadays she spends her time creating installations. Since 2001, she has collaborated with Thorsten Baensch on the “Kitchen, la cuisine transportable” performance project.

This program has been funded by Commisariat général aux relations internationales (CGRI) de la Communauté française de Belgique, Renilde Loeckx-Drozdiak General Consul of Belgium , and private funders. With additional November performances to be held at Kimmel Center ( New York University ), Roosevelt Hall ( Brooklyn College ) and Goethe-Institut New York .

Elevators access the 6th floor after 6p.m.

All events are FREE and subject to last minute change or cancellation.


Blogger ONE POT said...

hey peter.

just saw this post on thorsten - i invited mr baensch to contribute for arcade journal last year - he submitted a lovely piece - reading your bio made me think that we should cross paths - if you get a moment take a look at and the finger projects that come off of it - among other things i have been sitting down with coffee farmers on their farms, sharing food, and learning about the realities that surround that crop. drop me a line -

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