November 27, 2014

on cookies and radio silence connected.

There lies a special charme in breaking your own rules.

For many years, actually since I have moved out from my parents in my late teenage years, my mother has send me cookies at the beginning of each Advent season. She does that for all of us three kids and even extended it on to her grandchildren now. It is some kind of beloved family tradition and as far as I remember, it goes back to my great-grandmother.  Therefor for many years, pretty little boxes have been traveling to Berlin, to Malta, to Zürich and to New Zealand. And for exactly that amount of years, I have promised myself, not to touch the Macaroons, Vanillekipferl and Short Bread, before litting the first candle. It just never worked out. Like never, never. The same happened today, I simply couldn't resist to open the package. Only to get a sent of almonds, butter and some chocolate. Who was I kidding. Seriously.

Right now I am sitting in the studio, stuffed with the most delicious cookies, but despite the fact, that there is still a lot on my list, it feels like I won't be able to move any time soon.


November 24, 2014

queen of colors

The week has been that colorfull, filled with so many different appointments, with drawings and watercolors, there was a birthday and an intense workshop, the most vivid impressionthough, stayed from the most serene moment. Despite the fact, that we're are really, really (I know, I have been saying that a lot this year, even if it means sounding like a broken record.) Yesterday morning we've managed to take Emma for a nice walk through the woods. An incredible blue sky, a little sun and cold fresh air made up for all the stress and tension in advance. I could have stayed much longer. Hopefully, there will be a chance for one or the other long walk this week as well.

Before diving back into another long list, I like to wish you a good week. And, that'll you manage to take a break or two.

November 22, 2014

saturday night painting

While some of you might be out dancing, I am enjoying my own kind of music here in the studio. The husband is somewhere across town, teaching others to cook, while Emma rests on her couch and I am happily working on the calendar, which will be finished and up in stores by the next weekend. So, here some Saturday greetings from the Fishbowl. Enjoy your time, whatever you're up to over the next hours. I certainly will.


November 20, 2014

an introduction

I have been hinting a lot towards a project we're working on recently here in the Fishbowl. To let at least, a little bit of the cat out of its bag, the show is called Berlin Bites and is going to be a big food installation, taking place by next year.

Berlin Bites will be an installation using food, to reflect on all the different nations and people living together in Berlin. There is always so much to talk about the problems coming with such an heterogeous society; the newspapers are filled with it, you have political discussions and people are writing sometimes smart, sometimes very stupid books about this topic. We strongly believe, rather than talking about each other, it might be much more interesting to actually talk to each other.

Right now, we've justed started into an intensive research phase. We're visiting all kinds of different places, like youth organisations, clubs and international associations, where we're holding workshops and will be talking a lot about food. We will talk about what we like or rather don't want to eat, about our Lieblingsessen and we will hopefully learn about other people's food; how they cook, their special recipes and what kind of rituals come with certain dishes. We will look into differences and for common grounds, as I am sure there is much more of that, than anybody would expect. By the end of each workshop, we will cook and eat together.

First stop of this research phase is a youth club in our area. An amazing place, bringing together mostly Arabian, Turkish and African kids. We did two sessions already and it is not oly a lot of fun, but we have learned so much too. I can't wait for more to come.

To be continued...