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The Well-Tempered Kitchen

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The Well-Tempered Kitchen

At the heart of The Well-Tempered Kitchen is the serialization of everyday life. The live-performance features such trivial situations as small town kitchens and turns private spaces inside out, stretching them across the public space. Commonplace situations are turned into a stage set and everyday actions become theatrical gestures.

alien productions invited the inhabitants of their host towns to send them photos of their own kitchens —as elements for an art event. The photographs were edited into a sequence and projected as large scale video-loop—the backdrop for the live event. In front of the projection, a simple kitchen was set up with hotplates, cutlery, pots and frying pans. These utensils served both as instruments for cooking and for sound production. Sometimes accompanied by fellow musicians, the alien productions team prepared a typical regional meal using traditional recipes, such as pasta in Northern Italy or “Krautfleckerln” in Lower Austria. The artists electronically transformed those samples and loops live into musical-serial patterns. After the performances, audience and performers together dined on what had been prepared. Whoever had sent in a photo of their kitchen received a certificate declaring that kitchen to be a work of art.

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