A culinary performance evening for the 40th anniversary of Galerie im Körnerpark
Karin Korte, City Councillor for Education, Culture and Sports
Dr. Dorothea Kolland, Director of the Department of Culture 1981–2012
Dorothee Bienert, Director of the Department of Culture
Yolanda Kaddu-Mulindwa, Director of the Municipal Galleries Neukölln
On October 19, 1983, Galerie im Körnerpark opened in the middle of idyllic Körnerpark as Neukölln’s first municipal gallery. Numerous exhibitions, events and projects reflect the cultural life beyond the city’s borders. The 40th anniversary of the gallery is a reason to celebrate and at the same time an opportunity to reflect on past projects.
With La Bonanza, we would like to thank all the artists, curators, contributors, supporters and visitors who have shaped Galerie im Körnerpark over the last four decades – into a place of art, creativity and cultural enrichment for everyone.
In collaboration with the collectives LaLoVe’s Kitchen, Soy Division, and African Acid Is The Future, artist Lalo Gomes conceived a performance evening of three acts that translates the gallery’s interdisciplinary and rich history into a contemporary context: through the interplay of interventions, narratives, sound, dance, and food, a communal experience unfolds on the terrace in front of the gallery that also invites us to think about future artistic and social visions. The three culinary performative elements do not succeed each other chronologically, but are dramaturgically intertwined. Everyone is invited to join in at any time and enjoy the numerous dishes:
Inspired by various plants used as culinary ingredients, Ariel W. Orah and his collective Soy Division choreograph movement and sound. The audience is invited to connect with the plants, learn from their wisdom, deepen their own understanding of themselves and the world, and work towards a fairer society.
For Lalo Gomes and his collective LaLoVe’s Kitchen, cooking is a communal experience. To this end, the audience is invited to share rice, beans and plantains, cook and eat together, and reflect on food as nourishment in the spirit of a collective consciousness during a time of abundance.
African Acid is the Future
Dauwd Al Hilali and Maryisonacid of the collective African Acid Is The Future fuse an experimental DJ set with fish and seafood delicacies for an aesthetic delight. The music leads into the final part of the evening in which all bodies warm up dancing together, while a birthday cake is served by Vava Dudu.
Concept: Lalo Gomes
Curation: Nina Marlene Kraus
Artistic direction: Ariel W. Orah
Project collaboration: Soy Division Ensemble
artistic team: Lalo Gomes, Christina Herrera Gallardo
AFRICAN ACID IS THE FUTURE
Artistic team: Dauwd Al Hilali, Maryama Luccioni, Vava Dudu
Head of production: Siniša Mitrović, Sarah Zeryab
Sound: Deniz Sipahi
Light: Robin Neuschmelting
Video: Vanessa Marino, Nicolas Vargas
Graficdesign: Carlos Luís Sánchez Becerra
Download the flyer here.