Ben van Berkel
Hans Ulrich Obrist
A special program in addition to Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt and Documenta 11 in Kassel. The idea is to host and to bring together up to 200 art students from all over the world and to provide them with an infrastructure which enables them to experience both art exhibitions and to get in contact with a wide range of international colleagues and artists who are especially invited to host workshops with the students.
The Staatliche Hochschule fÃ¼r Bildende KÃ¼nste, StÃ¤delschule
(Frankfurt am Main) in collaboration with Studentski Kulturni Centar
(Belgrade), Institute For Contemporary Art (Moscow), Escola de Artes
Visuais, Maumaus (Lisbon) and Protoacademy (Edinburgh) wants to take the
initiative to organize a week with a special program in addition to two
of the most important European contemporary art exhibitions, Manifesta 4
in Frankfurt and Documenta 11 in Kassel. The idea is to host and to
bring together up to 200 art students from all over the world at the
StÃ¤delschule and to provide them with an infrastructure which enables
them to experience both art exhibitions and to get in contact with a
wide range of international colleagues and artists who are especially
invited to host workshops with the students.
This project is called GASTHOF and will take place from July 24th - July 31st 2002.
GASTHOF will function as a kind of home base: A forum for a theoretical reflection as well as for recreation and communication. Participants are going to live at the StÃ¤delschule for one week and are asked to join workshops on the nature of GASTHOF. They are invited to investigate and reflect the issues of hospitality, cooking and music in their relation and relevance to visual arts. Facing current political tendencies in various European countries, the international dialogue is a necessity, and hospitality as an approach and a method within the arts needs to be discussed.
The participants are integrated directly in all activities. They are asked to present themselves with their practices on cooking, food production and consumption, recycling, sound, music, speech, acoustic art, radio, noise etc. to create discussions about their production and research.
GASTHOF is not a new invention at the StÃ¤delschule. For a long time the cooking class of the StÃ¤delschule together with the former professor Peter Kubelka organised a special cooking event called "Gasthaus" in the centre hall of the art academy at the end of each summer semester. The GASTHOF will be an extension of this earlier idea.
The two completely equipped kitchens and the tradition of cooking as a fully established art-discipline at the StÃ¤delschule are perfect conditions to evoke an extraordinary possibility of mutual exchange of professional and amateur experiences.
A stage, placed in a circus tent nearby the StÃ¤delschule at the Main river, will be offered as the second research laboratory for the student activities and a discussion platform with artists, scientists, DJs, theoreticians and musicians such as John Armleder, Joseph Backstein, Thomas Bayrle, Ben van Berkel, Daniel Birnbaum, JÃ¼rgen Bock, Clementine Deliss, Dobrila Denegri, Ayse Erkmen, Charles Esche, Robert Fleck, Isabelle Graw, Carsten HÃ¶ller, Ronald Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno, Tobias Rehberger, Superflex, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Biljana Tomic as well as the curators of Manifesta 4 and Documenta 11.
The whole project and its results will merge in a publication on the Internet called MENUE, a collection of about 200 cooking recipes of the participants from different regions of the world, a critical synopsis of the questions that were discussed during GASTHOF about the conditions of food production today and documents of the investigations on cooking and music in their relevance to visual arts and the relation to cultural diversity and international understanding.
Living and working together at GASTHOF offers an extraordinary chance to all participants for mutual exchange and communication on art. We believe that GASTHOF is a necessary extension of the conventional models of art academies today.
Image: Tobias Rehberger, Performance (Frame Two), 1997
The Staatliche Hochschule fÃ¼r Bildende KÃ¼nste, StÃ¤delschule (Frankfurt am Main)