Cultural center Rex

30. 10. 2011 19:00

A presentation of the results of the food fermentation workshop held on Kalenić pijaca and in Leskovac, as part of the Crossroads East-West, the Engine Room Europe project led by the artists Aviv Kuglanski, Vahida Ramujkić and Moshe Robas.


A funny thing happens during the fermentation process. A monocellular organism, way below the threshold of human site, meets another, as if by pure chance. This encounter creates a reaction, which results in growth. Slowly, more and more micro-organisms join, bubbling and interacting, until finally reaching a critical mass, which is when the media they are in is transformed in a visible way. The result is flavour and nutrition. These micro-organisms are different from one place to the next, creating different flavours and textures locally (the same fermented cabbage will taste differently in different climates). This local particularity on one hand, and the interaction where a process that seems insignificant grows, bubbles up and becomes visible, on the other, form the basis of our project. this metamorphosis can be applied socially. Any social action, or an idea, meets another, and little by little, while growing in volume and presence, they start generating a social and a cultural wealth. This logic, of life that is in constant movement and change, can be found in this project on all levels (culinary, conceptual and social).
Air is also very important during the processes of food fermentation. This is also true for social processes. Space and free-time, the leisure to experiment and play are both perceived as luxuries in current day society. In reality they are essential for the creation of ideas and resources that help confront social challenges and economic crises. That is why we will take on an attitude of openness during the course of the project, expecting participants to surprise us with initiatives that bubble up from these spaces of cooking and debating.

This is the second activity in the series of meetings, guest visits and debates belonging to the Crossroads East West intercultural dialogue programme, implemented as part of Engine Room Europe, a three-year project focusing on independent cultural workers and their field of activity. The main aim of the project is to enhance the capacity and sustainability of independent culture in Europe.
The project is carried out with the support of the European Commission.