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Alternativa 2016

Workshops with Arne Hendriks 'Tsunami Kitchen'

Workshops with Arne Hendriks 'Tsunami Kitchen'

7-12 September, Gdansk Shipyard

Between 7-12 September Alternativa is hosting a Dutch artist and curator Arne Hendiks. We are looking for 6 manually gifted people to help create the installation together with the artist.

This is how the artist is describing the idea of the installation: This photograph from the New York Times,taken just after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, both terrifies and inspires. The image shows a scene of human resilience in the face of complete destruction. In the middle of the hellish scene stands a mother, baby on her back, preparing a meal in an outside makeshift kitchen. Two men sit by her side, eating. In the background a pile of drift wood spontaneously recreated a wave, reminiscent of Hokusai’s iconic woodblock print. The image could be taken out of a Murakami novel. It’s both absurd and completely normal. Over the past years I’ve often fantasized about recreating this scene.

During the 4 day workshop we will recreate this iconic image in a real-size 3-dimensional installation. We will discuss together how to achieve this and with what tools and materials. And since the image shows a kitchen, we will also cook and eat inside of the installation.

Arne Hendriks is an Amsterdam based artist, exhibition maker, researcher and historian (Master of Art - University of Amsterdam). He teaches at the Next Nature department of the Technical University in Eindhoven, which is concerned with investigating the implications of nanotechnology. He is also a curator for the next Alternativa exhibition in Gdansk Poland. His work explores the positive transformative power of creative impulses and the importance of fundamental free scientific research. In his speculative design research, the strange and the familiar continuously swap places to provoke conflicting perspectives, which speak about the radicality of everyday experience and the familiarity of radical interventions. He is a strong believer in the transparency of information and an active participant in the open-design movement. His projects include Instructables Restaurant - the world’s first open-source restaurant, Hacking Ikea, the Repair Manifesto and The Academy of Work. His most recent projects include The Incredible Shrinking Man – downsizing the human species to better fit the Earth, and 8Billion City – one city for all.