Semiotics of a kitchen is a holy grail of an artwork that I really appreciate. I don’t know much about art theory but I think that what she tried to show us is how powerful a woman can be in a kitchen (maybe?), not in a bad way of course, but trying to teach her how she could defend herself with the weapons she had at her disposal(nutcracker, knives, …) . Very funny and interesting but paradoxically very sad and confronting. At that time ( the 60s) women had to do a lot to come up for their rights and Martha Rosler did in in a very beautiful an maybe a bit primitive way.
I will leave you with a more artistical explanation from the MoMa website:
In this performance Rosler takes on the role of an apron-clad housewife and parodies the television cooking demonstrations popularized by Julia Child in the 1960s. Standing in a kitchen, surrounded by refrigerator, table, and stove, she moves through the alphabet from A to Z, assigning a letter to the various tools found in this domestic space. Wielding knives, a nutcracker, and a rolling pin, she warms to her task, her gestures sharply punctuating the rage and frustration of oppressive women’s roles. Rosler has said of this work, “I was concerned with something like the notion of ‘language speaking the subject,’ and with the transformation of the woman herself into a sign in a system of signs that represent a system of food production, a system of harnessed subjectivity.”
So I tried screenprinting henna on black paper and it gives a really cool drying process! so here’s a crappy video about it!
“it is like having a highlighting pen isn’t it? and you are just picking some things out sometimes, but it’s almost just being interested in the world more than creativity. it is more like enjoying keeping your eyes open”
There’s a challenge going on on instagram called #36days of type that challenges designers to draw a letter each day. It is acctually really cool if you got the time to do it. I managed to do a few and a timelapse so that’s something right?
I thought I would give a little update on what I am working on. First things first, holly crap, this s*** is really crazy. The history of the Amazigh people is so awesome and intriguing that I am Kind of losing myself in it. I have been reading a lot, watching a lot of stuff and thinking about what I really want to achieve.
Today I had a quick talk with one of my teachers and some of the students and they where also very confused because I was trying to tell them everything that I was doing and they couldn’t really handle it. I know for sure that I have to make choices and just do one thing, and try to do it really well, but during the holidays I was kind of worried that I would do this thing (which I’ll explain later) and the context would kind of fall off.
The main thing that I want to do is create a website, where you will be able to design a rug with Amazigh symbols. This way you can get to know the meaning of the symbols and they will come to life again, because the whole point of me making this is that the meaning has faded away because the Amazigh people have been oppressed by the government which made them dependant of the king, economically. I know for a fact that everything that is Amazigh is being industrialized for economical benefits and they do not seem to care much about the meaning and the powerful culture. If you want to get into details you should just do your own research about it then you will see how big the issue is.
Another thing that I am doing is recording voices of Amazigh and arab people who talk about these issues. Maybe it could evolve into like some kind of documentary? i don’t know, but I am just interested in knowing how much the Amazigh people of today know about the culture and what are the stereotypes that they believe in because our history has been indeed manipulated, so I am just doing this experiment and I’ll see where it goes.
I also started doing this publication or a book rather, but it is still a work in progress so we’ll see how it goes:
I am going to talk with an artist that is kind of doing the same thing to see what she is up to. I even got a hold to a girl in Amsterdam ( I think, or somewhere in the Netherlands) who is doing her master in anthropology studies and is working with the Amazigh culture.
For now, I am just learning how to use this nodebox thing to make my app/ catalogue/ website thing which looks like this:
I finally got around to finish drawing each symbol! now the next step will be to make a cool catalogue and a website with some coding so you can design your own rug.
My friend went to Singapore, her home town, to visit her family and celebrate the new year. As usual she got many many red envelopes with money in them, a common tradition that brings good luck, so she brought the empty envelopes for me. I was so thrilled because they look pretty cool.
Here are some of the best ones I got
I went to visit the exhibition of Theo van Doesburg in the Bozar in brussels, but I found an artist way more interesting, Daniel Buren.
Yes, I didn’t know him although he is a very famous contemporarian artist. Everyone should go and see the exhibition, the documentary is really good!