KITCHEN STORIES is an example of a site specific installation and a montage of personal experiences, fragmented fictional imagination, fictional and non-fictional biographies in the form of an interactive play.
This time we choose for the intimacy of a very intimate surrounding, the kitchen, as the vivid central private family room for recreation, nutrition. The room, where plans are made, dreams and stories are told. the room, where friends are welcomed and conflict are fought. the base of family life with its central ruling figure: the mother.
WHY A KITCHEN?
Welcome to our "Kitchen Stories". As I said, this here today is not a play in the classical sense, it is more like an investigation game.
We have thematically selected the kitchen, as perhaps the "maternal" place of the house, the most liveliest, most communicative and feminine place in a house or an apartment, as a place, which ensures the nutrition of a family and where most of the worries, needs and afflictions of a family are shared.
At the same time, it is an eerie place, populated by brewing, boiling female figures wrapped in steaming swathes, mostly mothers, who "conjure up" something mostly mysterious. The idea of a "witch's kitchen", or similarities with an alchemist's kitchen
have become commonplace for us: here is obviously rehearsed, experimented, secret formulas are used, which are perhaps even the basis of what holds the world together inside: love goes through the stomach!
We always confuse reality with the stories of reality. So you all really believed that something was happening here; a date and you came on time.
But, today I am not the main person, but all of you. It's about time, about you, how time is setting in and we still firmly believe that it runs in an infinite line and not, as this potato peel falls helically at the feet sometime when peeling. Whether time itself is a story we can not fully trust - maybe that's why the mother is so central to a family because it can explain one of the many truths about the family and the world - because they are obviously deep in their secrets can see and eg We always know what unspoken worries we have or when we are ill. Magic! Yes, sometimes it's like being the mother of all stories in persona.
Therefore, this "game" works according to the following rules, because we want to find out about your gastronomic traditions and family stories around the kitchen but not only in terms of what do you cook and eat and how this has passed around from mother to child but also about the relations between the children and elders, how is the communication, how the decisions in the family, e.g. meets and according to which rules you decide and have decided.
It becomes a bit like a recipe: in the end, an edible or inedible family comes out, or an edible or inedible neighborhood, or city or state; we want to know if you agree with the decisions, what networks and boundaries exist in your private contexts and extra-private contexts.
IN CONTEXT TO THE CHILOTE CUISINE
Here in the province, the condition of insularity and the temperate rainy climate imposes and contextualizes the Chiloé culture, these environmental conditions are directly linked to the survival of the Chiloé people. The geography and climate require adaptation, from which depends the type of house or dwelling, and of course, the clothing to be used.
The adaptation of the families in the commune of Quemchi, Rural and Insular, most of them have their home near the southern seas. The Chilotes have opted for a rather gregarious existence, indoors, of proximity and affection, in a natural way, materializes the concept of family.
As a result of the customs acquired and little by little consolidated by tradition, the kitchen occupies a place of privilege, it is the place where meals are prepared; but it is, above all, the place destined for family gatherings.
In the warmth of this home atmosphere, daily activities are planned, human and divine things are talked about, stories, fables, legends and riddles are told. Economic activities such as bartering and bartering, so typical of the Chiloé peasants, are also carried out there.
It is in the Chilote kitchen where we find a mixture of needs, to feed and to catch heat, to communicate and to order the future activities. All around the campfire. The wood stove. Finally, the kitchen, as an enclosure, and the wood stove, as an artifact, become indispensable. >Culinary space > Heating space > socio-economic space > cultural space.