VORRATSKAMMER / PANTRY
We are playing host and want to wine and dine our guests
A project by myvillages.org (Kathrin Böhm, Wapke Feenstra, Antje Schiffers, Production: Thomas Sprenger)
When the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) opened its doors for the ÜBER LEBENSKUNST Festival in August 2011, visitors were served food that came from the city of Berlin itself or the surrounding area. In July 2010, the artist initiative, myvillages.org, began creating a "VORRATSKAMMER" (pantry) together with organisations, initiatives and individual producers who are passionate about farming and food production. The artists documented their work in a calendar blog. The concept of the "VORRATSKAMMER / PANTRY" went far beyond the simple act of eating: it had to do with how food was collected, its origins, the way it was traded and exchanged and relevant stories. All of these elements were part of this project. Producing and eating food was considered a cultural and social activity that is closely intermingled with farming and processing traditions as well as land use.