Projects

Feminist film screenings: 12 May

For many women, the home was a natural subject of artistic production as a highly charged site of rampantly contradictory meanings. As Lucy Lippard noted, ‘[women artists] work from such [household] imagery because it’s there, because it’s what they know best, because they can’t escape it.’

Together with curator Kim McAleese, Underverk presents a set of feminist film screenings punctuated by food provided by meal ecologist Ayhan Aydin and experience designer Josefin Vargö, who have translated certain elements from the film into taste.

In this film programme, the artists explore domestic issues such as motherhood, familial relationships, control of physical space and the preparation and consumption of food.

20:00-20:30 — Course 1: Blanchisseuse, a steamed introduction.
20:40-20:50 — Course 2: Semiotics of the Carrot, the value of an ingredient.
21:00-22:00 — Course 3: Our time is coming, communal soup experience.

Limited food, available on first come, first served basis.
RSVP to hej@underverk.in

Ayhan Aydin (Meal Ecologist) works interdisciplinary with how the food system as a whole functions. Aydin integrates social sciences, natural sciences, food craftsmanship and practical farming. Ayhan has previously participated in the projects Restaurant roam (Parkteatern), Fittja Open (Botkyrka Konsthall), Nordic Sound Bite (New Nordic Food). In the three different projects, food has been a central and fundamental part of the story.

Photo from Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe: La Blanchisseuse (1993)

Supported by Stockholms Stad and CuratorLab Konstfack.

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Housewarming Dinner at Konsthall C

In Konsthall C’s kitchen, together with curator Kim McAleese, Underverk invited commercial ‘chef’ and a domestic ‘cook’ to respond to the questions posed in the Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ Manifesto for Maintenance Art.

Produced in 1969, the manifesto connected to other feminist activities around the world which began to articulate the gendered inequities between paid and unpaid labour. The chefs Josefin Günther and Magdalena Günther were invited to make a dinner, using the food as their material to convey what they believe to be ‘maintenance work’ as an attempt to readdress the issues raised in Ukeles manifesto.

The dinner was part of the public program of the Ukeles exhibition at Konsthall C, the idea being that members of the public are invited to engage in some of her thoughts and artistic concepts over a meal in the space.

30 guests joined the dinner and together we discussed our thoughts about maintenance work with the following four courses:

First Course
The Perfect Façade
A selection of vegetarian and vegan canapés

Main Course
The Sacrifice…Blood, Sweat and Ears
Polish beetroot soup and Uszka

Dessert
The Disposal
To be enjoyed with your hands

After Dessert
The Notion
One for everyone to take away

Josefin Günther is a sommelier currently working as a freelance writer. Food, beverages, scents and flavours have always been a very big and natural part of her life and she is always looking to add new scents and flavours to her palate. Finding new ways of expressing what we experience when we eat and drink is an ongoing home-project of hers.

Originally from Poland, Magdalena Günther came to Stockholm via Copenhagen where she attended a College of Arts. Her entire professional career as a graphic designer/art director has been spent trying to juggle work, family and social interactions. Her passion lies in exploring gastronomy and culture from other countries, and she has always cooked.

Photos by Konsthall C and Underverk

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Season 5 • Köket: 7 April — 26 May

For Season 5 Underverk collaborates with curator Kim McAleese and together we present a series of food events spanning April and May 2015, which will focus on home labour and the gender divide in relation to domestic tasks (such as cooking, cleaning and maintenance). The projects will ask whether much has changed -if anything at all- since the feminist protests of the early 1970s.

The discussions and participation in the presented food events contribute a vital part of and act as the core material of the project’s research. The results and documentation will be presented in a printed matter acting as the final piece of the programme.

Housewarming Dinner
April 7, 19:00—21:00

In Konsthall C’s kitchen, an invited commercial ‘chef’ and a domestic ‘cook’ will respond to the questions posed in the Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ Manifesto for Maintenance Art.

Produced in 1969, the manifesto connected to other feminist activities around the world which began to articulate the gendered inequities between paid and unpaid labour. The chefs Josefin Günther and Magdalena Günther are invited to make a dinner, using the food as their material to convey what they believe to be ‘maintenance work’ as an attempt to readdress the issues raised in Ukeles manifesto.

The dinner is part of the public program of the Ukeles exhibition at Konsthall C, the idea being that members of the public are invited to engage in some of her thoughts and artistic concepts over a meal in the space.

Josefin Günther is a sommelier currently working as a freelance writer. Food, beverages, scents and flavours have always been a very big and natural part of her life and she is always looking to add new scents and flavours to her palate. Finding new ways of expressing what we experience when we eat and drink is an ongoing home-project of hers.

Originally from Poland, Magdalena Günther came to Stockholm via Copenhagen where she attended a College of Arts. Her entire professional career as a graphic designer/art director has been spent trying to juggle work, family and social interactions. Her passion lies in exploring gastronomy and culture from other countries, and she has always cooked.

Feminist Film screenings
May 21, 19:00—21:00
Underverk’s studio, Brännkyrkagatan 13c

For many women, the home was a natural subject of artistic production as a highly charged site of rampantly contradictory meanings. As Lucy Lippard noted, ‘[women artists] work from such [household] imagery because it’s there, because it’s what they know best, because they can’t escape it.’

A set of feminist film screenings punctuate by food provided by meal ecologist Ayhan Aydin and experience designer Josefin Vargö, which is designed to create and host an environment to foster discussions.

In this film programme, the artists explore domestic issues such as motherhood, sexuality, death, familial relationships, control of physical space and the preparation and consumption of food.

Ayhan Aydin (Meal Ecologist) works interdisciplinary with how the food system as a whole functions. Aydin integrates social sciences, natural sciences, food craftsmanship and practical farming. Ayhan has previously participated in the projects Restaurant roam (Parkteatern), Fittja Open (Botkyrka Konsthall), Nordic Sound Bite (New Nordic Food). In the three different projects, food has been a central and fundamental part of the story.
Supper club dinner
May 26
Time and place TBC

We finish the season with a dinner to bring people together in a private and intimate setting to encourage an exchange of ideas regarding identity, work and activities in the domestic space. We invite a chef to lead the workshop and discussion. More information soon!

Supported by Stockholms stad, CuratorLab/Konstfack and Konsthall C

Photo by: Suzanne Lacy, ‘Learn where the meat comes from’ (1976)

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Housewarming Dinner: 7 April

The first event for Season 5 takes place at Konsthall C and deals with the value of domestic work in the kitchen.

In Konsthall C’s kitchen, curators Kim McAleese and Josefin Vargö have invited a commercial ‘chef’ and a domestic ‘cook’ to respond to the questions posed in the Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ Manifesto for Maintenance Art 1969!

Produced in 1969, the manifesto connected to other feminist activities around the world which began to articulate the gendered inequities between paid and unpaid labour. The chefs Aaron Colman and Josefin Günther are invited to make a dinner, using the food as their material to convey what they believe to be ‘maintenance work’ as an attempt to readdress the issues raised in Ukeles manifesto.

Invited guests will be asked the same questions to encourage a discussion about gendered division of labour and how that looks today.

The event is free but has limited capacity – you can register your attendance, before 6th of April, at osa@konsthallc.se

With support from Stockholm stad and Konstfack/CuratorLab.

Photo by: Wages for Housework c.1975 Designed by B. Warrior

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A Protective Garlic Ritual ● June 18
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On Sunday June 18, we invite you to a garlic ritual. Come taste the power of garlic and protect yourself from trolls.

During a one week residency in Stockholm, Ancient Acrobatics and Underverk will weave together past and present garlic stories, mythologies, superstitions and facts into a new cleansing ritual, to protect you from todays trolls.

The protective cleansing ritual includes garlic tasting and an introduction to a collection of protective garlic amulets. It costs 100kr and you can book your spot by emailing hej@underverk.in

June 18 16:00-18:00 100kr Show on map
Babette’s Feast ● 24 May
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As part of Underverk’s Gastronomic Design Festival we present a screening of Oscar-winning ‘Babette’s Feast’ (1987). A Danish film drama by Gabriel Axel, based on the story by Karen Blixen. The film is paired with food and drinks designed by the gastronomic design duo Aydin & Vargö.

The festival is a summer program that moves between different disciplines focusing on our food culture. We present a set of events that activate our minds and senses to discover how artistic strategies contribute to the discussion of the politics of food.

Tickets: https://babettes-feast-film-food.confetti.events/

The food and drink (non-alcoholic) menu is served during and after the film. The ticket includes entrance, food and drinks at the cost of 300 SEK. The dinner is suitable for vegans. Report allergies to hej@underverk.in.

Doors open at 18:30 and the screening starts at 19:00. The film is 108 minutes long. Food will also be served after the film.

FYI: If you are having troubles buying your tickets through the event site, it’s also possible to email josefin@underverk.in to book a spot, swish the ticket amount 300kr to 0736795410 and we’ll send you a receipt.

Supported by Stockholms stad.

*Image from Curzon Artificial Eye

24 May 18:30 – 21:30 300kr Show on map
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