Event: Kitchen, la Cuisine Transportable
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
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 , Courtrai, Düsseldorf, , and .
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 since 1991. He is an artist and publisher, and has worked as a bookseller and book production manager in , , Cologne and . He studied painting in 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 ), , Tate Gallery ( London ), and Van Abbemuseum ( Eindhoven ).
Christine Dupuis, born in Marcinelle ( Belgium ) in 1946, lives and works in . 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 , and private funders. With additional November performances to be held at Kimmel Center ( ), Roosevelt Hall ( Brooklyn College ) and Goethe-Institut .
Elevators access the 6th floor after 6p.m.
All events are FREE and subject to last minute change or cancellation.