Sunday, February 19, 2012

kitchen project

wang wei and i are off to manchester soon for the Kitchen Project. we're taking some lessons that we learned in cooking classes here in beijing and transmitting the information to a few lucky hosts in Manchester. We have no idea who the hosts will be- it's being organized in secret by our collaborators, Quarantine. We're just going to turn up at a complete stranger's house, walk straight into the kitchen and start cooking and chatting. should be wacky fun. we'll be keeping track of the project on this blog. tune in and see what transpires:


What does it mean to make and share a meal?
What’s actually being traded in “cultural exchanges”?
From Saturday February 25th until Thursday March 1st 2012 two artists from Beijing, Rania Ho and Wang Wei, will explore these questions and more by roving around Manchester teaching cookery classes in people’s homes. Classes will cover various topics from basic knife techniques, to step-by-step instruction on a selection of tasty dishes. They will bring all the necessary materials and tools, and improvise when necessary. Participants should provide them with full access to their kitchens.
The class is free, but class sizes are limited as they will be hands-on with participants preparing and sampling multiple dishes during the 3-hour long session.
Kitchen Project is a collaboration between Quarantine and artists Rania Ho and Wang Wei, commissioned by Chinese Arts Centre. Ho and Wang are installation artists who experiment in various mediums - Ho with transforming common household products and Wang creating pseudo-architectural forms. Ho and Wang are also two of the co-founders of Arrow Factory, one of Beijing’s most intriguing storefront art spaces.
Kitchen Project plays with ideas about tourism, authenticity and food to delve into an exploration of the term “cultural exchange”.
Since 2006 Quarantine has been in creative conversation with Ho and Wang, and over the last few years they have made bread, met musicians, pawn brokers, refugees, the people responsible for branding Manchester and many more. This upcoming project opens their ongoing conversation to the general public where the artists will act as “hosts” in the transmission of some simple cultural and culinary knowledge. Rania Ho and Wang Wei are not professionally trained chefs - they are visual artists who enjoy cooking. All their knowledge was gained through learning from others.
Kitchen Project Details:
No fee – free of charge.
CLASS SIZES: Limited to 6 persons
CLASS DURATION: Approximately 3 hours
DATES: Saturday 25th February – Thursday 1st March 2012.
TIMES: Flexible – daytime or evening. Class times can be adjusted to fit any schedule.
PLACES: Wherever you live – must be within Greater Manchester.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

lee kit

Hi all, there's new work up at Arrow Factory. if you're in the neighborhood, swing by. a fab new installation by Lee Kit. you'll thank me for it. i swear.

It’s Not An Easy Thing 
Lee Kit

February 5 – March 25, 2012
Arrow Factory is pleased to announce a new installation by Hong Kong artist Lee Kit. Taking the form of an imagined music shop from the 1980s, “It’s Not An Easy Thing” is both an elegiac tribute to a specific moment in time and an aggregation of the artist’s invented memories, tangential associations and bittersweet emotions. Foregoing his usual practice of painting, Lee has chosen instead to sparingly combine assorted daily objects, furniture and music into a common scene reminiscent of another era and another state of mind that oscillates between anticipation and loss, hopefulness and mournful regret. The setting appears typically mundane but the timing and atmosphere it intends to evoke—a mixture of apprehension and excitement upon the eve of a music album release circa 1989—is deeply charged.

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