In the Cyber-Kitchen - Notes, Thoughts and Observations by the Artists...
Fri, 20 Sep 2002
10:48:24 -0700 (PDT) Michael Szpakowski "...Personally I don't think
there's a recipe for collaboration -there are so many intangibles
/imponderables *but* people might ( or might not) be interested
to see a description of a project I was involved in a couple of
years back ( actually not originally a net thing at all) -the idea
was to create a set of rules for collaboration which also allowed
maximum creative autonomy to each participant. The description is
Fri, 20 Sep 2002
08:02:21 -0400 Pamela G. Taylor "...Perhaps, we need to simply expand
the call by taking time to find more diverse discussion groups and
listservs and we may want to expand the suggestions to include an
invitation to create kitchen redesigns perhaps using the original
as an underlying layer.....I can see the images and links in my
head .......in fact ....my view of a kitchen (through the lens of
my own U.S. southern cultural heritage) is very different."
Sun, 22 Sep 2002
16:58:39 +0100 (BST) Ruth Chandler "...we've got a lot of issues
boiling away already! i didn't mean to sound perjorative about the
original location being 'white western'-in fact, one of the problems
i have with post-colonial critique is how much it reinflects the
tendency to homogenize the 'white' as an undifferentiated master
narrative. each of us brings an alien sensibility to the piece,
jess, by structuring the gaze from her wheelchair, pamela's southern
kitchen-i'm a Nietzschean-feminist in an eclesiastical college andlive
on my own so i'm not going to tell anyone what my kitchen looks
like-it is fortunate, however, that the uk is generally too cold
for cock roaches-my kitchen is a daily obstacle i have to negotiate
if i am not going to starve and then its has to clealned so i can
get it dirty again!- from this perspective- all housework is cannibalism,
more or less disguised..."
Mon, 23 Sep 2002
00:29:31 +0100 Saraswati Gramich "...I enjoy walking in the Cyber-Kitchen,
using the machines, utensils, opening every single drawers and doors
and discovering the surprises. I see the Cyber-Kitchen as one work,
(not multiple) which the richness is as a result of the divers contribution
of people from different localized position. It is one work done
by collective intelligence, hence it is collaborative, even though
it may not had gone through the way of collaborative work as what
the expert defined it.
I see the round
and round cycle of the kitchen space as a framework, which you set
up for this alternative kitchen to happen. As any other work/ ideas/
experiment or whatever, it is quite useful to set up a framework
as a starting point so as not to let the decision becoming an arbitrary
one. The round and round is definitely not a closed space, because
it has already been disrupted by the different peoples contribution.
The work relies
on the contribution of interesting idea AND interesting realization
of idea, and uses different method & technology as some other
collaborative work. I dont see it as a work, which simply is not
totally open to the network and does not offer the possibility to
the Web user to participate to it, because the contributors here
ARE the network, the web user and the community. I also would not
always stop for finding an answer to the question of what is artist.
Besides, whoever contributes to the interesting realization of interesting
idea nowadays like to name oneself as artist. I personally frequently
encountered people in Singapore, (a city where I started and practicing
as an artist), who claim themselves artists and exhibited their
first ever work in a high-profiled gallery/ museum. Some of them
did have interesting work and pertinent idea, and in the end it
is really beyond the anxiety of answering this question.
Of course we all
know that the network and web-user is definitely those who have
the privilege to IT. I personally own my first ever PC last year
in April and confess I am very new in the field. I actually felt
that the image of the Cyber-Kitchen could be seen as teasing the
economic status of the web-user. There is no perfect virtual world.
(In Indonesia, the country I grew up, many the kitchens were located
outdoor, so you could actually see what the persons in the kitchen
were up to, but my parents did have a kitchen resembled yours).
In terms of position,
whether it is white/western/coloured/tropical/subtropical/etc, personally
looking at the work as a whole now, I feel that it is rather slippery/
unidentified. I wouldnt stop only at the kitchen image, which you
felt very white/western , I would glide through and finding the
different positions, which almost make me feel being in an unknown,
foreign, indefinite, unfamiliar and therefore inventive kitchen.
I enjoy the experimental quality, like my new picked-up cooking
activity in my (real) kitchen in this new country I am settling
now. And surprisingly the food taste absolutely delicious. :-)"
Tue, 24 Sep 2002
17:17:36 -0500 Barbara Santos "...We can find layers inside the
ciberkitchen's objects like _limits, _capacity of share or not,
smells, _feelings, and so on. We can trying to read inside the CK.
That will help us to recognized aspects that are growing already.
____ I'm finding
in the CK a place on transition, like a mobile kitchen, with one
body but with different faces."