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... 

November 17, 2014

queen of colors

I have been working a lot on another series of foodthoughts. Actually, a complete foodthoughts calendar for the upcoming year. As there was a lot of other stuff going on over last week, I was mainly painting after dawn, which explains the kind of blurry attitude of these images. Maybe not.

Might have been simply me, being a bit tired. How do you adjust to the much darker days, now that the golden part of Fall seems to have left the scenery. It is all good, but as usual, most of us will probably need a moment or two to get used to the new dark. November dawn to me, sometimes feels a bit heartbreaking. Maybe, because it comes so quick. Or maybe, because it stays for so long. I don't know, but I remember having felt exactly the same kind of thirty minutes sadness as a kid. After the night has set in, the nightowl in me comes out and I am happy again.


November 15, 2014

falling for the grey

Some of you might already know these images from my Instagram account, but they do fit my current mood just perfectly, a thoughtful kind of November living, so here they are. Again. As you see, it is all about the little things lately and I am pretty happy with that.

Taking pictures with my phone has become more and more interesting to me. A proper camera does more for the quality, of course, but I like this blurry, quite fleeting atmosphere of these as well. Like a little poem, an urban rhyme we create while walking through our days.


November 10, 2014

queen of colors

It seems like I finally came up with a solution for my constant parking spot hustle. Can you believe that, we had to tow away five cars only last week. Including a next door neighbor. So there are some things boiling here and maybe, I might get somewhere from this point. Well, not actually me, but I have finally asked for help and got so many answers and support offered, I am still overwhelmed by the incredible response. Though I can't talk about it right now, cryptic yes, I promise you to be the first to get all the information and images on top. For now, it is me being happy about a bunch of like minded people out there. The old cynic in me wonders, if people might be much better than I am used to see them.

Starting the fresh week with a delicious cake, brought to the studio door this Monday morning, even underlines this suspicion. To a wonderful week.