The frame of this exhibition derives from Michel Foucault's concept of Heterotopia.
A Heterotopia describes spaces of otherness, of irrelevant nature, non-hegemonic spaces that coexist physically and mentally, where the connections between the objects or occupants open a difficult to comprehend situation.
The KITSCHEN is a contemporary heterotopia. The kitchen is a space of juxtapositions, a microcosm where notions of usefulness and identity are ignored. The kitchen can be perceived as an irrelevant space that serves no long-term purpose, as most of the actions demanded by the kitchen are of short duration and objective driven.
The Heterotypic Kitchen forces movement on the body as it imposes boundaries and demands the body to follow the movements of the task it is fulfilling, resulting in harnessed experience and a system of signs.
A space that stirs debates and conversation, the Kitchen was often used as a secluded space by writers, artists and intellectuals. The Kitchen would always be the room where the lights are on, separated from the collective mind and focused more on a collective of individuals that would engage in political debates, artist gatherings, group readings, radio sessions.
KITSCHEN, Cooking Up A Debate is a night of performance from five artists. The exhibition will then move into the virtual realm, continuing for the period of one month at http://www.imagesmatter.co.uk .
The kitchen space has always been divided according to notions of practicality, that allow full potential of the given space and promise the occupants a smooth experience in completing their tasks. These constructed tasks demand a certain body language, often repetitive and always durational. Live Performance expresses best the kitchen as a sensation trigger, with its abundance of resources that create these sensations (i.e. the touch of tap water while peeling carrots).