Salon Souterrain 2022: Tummies and Moods – 25 November 2022 @18:00, AIL



How do we eat and do we eat each other? How and what to feed our semiotics bodies biologically caught in a predatory economy (the human species does not survive through photosynthesis like plants) but also in the fantasms and ravages of the agri-food and pharmaceutical industries? Our microbiota seem to reflect the planet’s inflammation, ocean’s acidity, and deforestation. What do the bacteria, fungi, viruses (allies and not) but also residues of pesticides and fertilizers in our intestines do to our „feel-thinking“? Can we still hear the song of the bacteria, their calls according to the needs of our tummies and brains and those of the planet? Sexuality and food circulate in the same areas of our bodies, sharing them with the flows of desire and language. Is what we make for and with food caught and how in the paradoxes of our ambivalences as with sex, desire and language? Food and words, love and poison, pharmakon… Don’t we need new „manières de table“, as human or civilized as those practiced socially by other animal species and many other peoples long called primitive? Kitchens of care, repair and collaboration, cuisines for intertwined lives and their common survival?

panel: Oscarine Bosquet (writer, coordinator of the art master „forms of life and life of forms „/école européenne supérieure d’arts de Bretagne) // Prof. Dr. Silvia Bulgheresi (Functional and Evolutionary Ecology/University of Vienna) // Prof. Dr. Jesus Crespo Cuaresma (Professor for Macroeconomics/ WU Vienna)// Mag. Alexandra Graupner (AIL) // Dr. Helga Klug (Psychoanalyst)// Univ.Prof. Dr. Klaus Spiess (Arts and Science program/Medical University Vienna)

artists: BOEM* (food performance/tasting)// Khya/Yomki (Video)//Klaus Spiess (Art& Science)// Lucie Strecker (artist/curator HOLOBIONT) //Julia Schwarz (Food designer) // Felix Vidensky (food performance/tasting)

performance: Rotraud Kern (performance) // Sugar Pa & Hummel (dance)// Denise VanDeCruze (poetry)

music: Mara Achleitner (cello) / Lena Fankhauser (viola) / Wolfgang Seierl (composer-electronic) // DJ Universal Beatnik

team: Elisabeth B. Tambwe (artistic direction) // Indra Jäger (production) // Lena Fankhauser (curator classical music) // Benoît Jouan (research) // David Pujadas Bosch (video) // Lolek  (production on set) // Francois Tambwe (online communication)// Tim Wikkerink (graphic design)

In cooperation with AIL, Migrating kitchen, Chamber Music & Chateau Rouge
With friendly support by BMKÖS Bundesministerium für Kunst Kultur öffentlichen Dienst und Sport
©Dig Up Productions // Elisabeth B. Tambwe 2022
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die Kitchen – state of reconstruction –

we are changing, failing, morphing, but always tending towards developing a collective practice which doesn’t neglect economy. right now, February 2017 we try to establish a new economical base for our artistic and activistic struggle. You might, if you live in Vienna, visit our new project :

BOEM* is in a phase of transformation, and we’ll keen to reflect our first twelve years of activism and art.

We believe in order to contribute in the attempt to  establish a different artistic and political practice, one which doesn’t sugarcoat or whitewash social conflicts, which is able rather to listen, than to lecture, a practice that avoids the trap of just pacifying conflicts – a different approach is necessary. We figure, that we have as well to change.

Julia Schwarz is an investigative experience designer with a focus on food futures. She studied industrial design and design investigations at the University of applied Arts Vienna (studio: Fiona Raby and Anab Jain) In 2018 she graduated with her diploma Unseen Edible. In 2019 she was listed as one of the most significant designers by icondesign, was featured in the future report Top Future 100 by JWT and was invited to present her work internationally. Now she is a main tutor at the Food & Design course at New Design University, co-founded SIMIÆN and is a founding member of Design in Gesellschaft.,,

Born in Vienna in 1955, Wolfgang Seierl is equally active as an artist, musician and composer. He studied painting, philosophy, guitar, musicology, and composition in Vienna and Salzburg. He received his PhD from the University Mozarteum Salzburg. As a visual artist, Seierl has given one-man and group shows in Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Switzerland, Hungary, Turkey, Tunesia, Japan, Taiwan and the US. Performances and concert appearances at home and abroad, including Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Turkey, Tunesia, Japan and the US. Since 2006 his visual and musical work has been presented in Japan regularly (Gallery Kai/Kobe, Gallery Feel Art Zero/Nagoya), recently in collaboration with Toshiko Oka/Ensemble Sonne. In Austria he directed the International Artists’ Symposium Ortung Stuhlfelden and is founder and director of the Mittersill Composer’s Forum. His work list includes orchestral, choral and chamber music, music for solo-instruments, electronic music, sound installations, space-, motion- and theater-related works.

Klaus Spiess directs the Arts in Medicine Program at the Vienna Medical University as an associate professor. His works address biopolitical issues in and beyond medicine. Developed together with artist Lucie Strecker his works have been shown at the Tanzquartier and the 21er Haus and at Brut; Vienna, Click Festival Helsingör, Muffatwerk Munich and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Installations at the Beall Center of Arts and Technology, Irvine, the Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, and at Ars Electronica, where he was awarded at the Prix. He has published at Performance Research, Kunstforum International, The Lancet, Leonardo, Technoetic Arts among others.

Lucie Strecker (* 1977 Berlin) works as an artist and researcher in the fields of performance art and BioArt. She is a Fellow of the Berlin University of the Arts and holds a senior postdoc position at the Art & Science department of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, conducting the FWF Elise Richter PEEK project: “The Performative Biofact.” She is affiliated to the Arts in Medicine Program at the Vienna Medical University, working together with Klaus Spiess. Their performances and installations have been shown inter alia at Tanzquartier Vienna, the House of World Cultures, Berlin, the Beall Center for Art and Technology, Irvine, the Museum of Natural Science/Biofiction, Vienna, and the 21er Haus, Vienna.

Their works have been awarded the ZIM Performing Science Prize and a Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention. She has written about her work in Performance Research, The Lancet and with Diaphanes publishers and has taught or given guest lectures at the Berlin University of the Arts, the Medical University Vienna, Victoria University of Wellington, and the Inter-University Center for Dance Berlin.

Felix Vidensky is a traveler, freelance artist and cook, who is organizing feasts, gatherings and exhibitions. Since he was running a farm he aquired an enormous knowledge about farming and food and is known as a specialist for organic highs. In the series of events Opium im Volk/Opium within the people, he used to cook with ingredients, that naturally contain psychoactive substances. He has published several food-oriented booksDes Hanfbauern Kochbuch, Feuer am Tisch and Organic High.

„Humanity and its cultural achievements cannot be explained without the use of drugs in food.“ Felix Vidensky, 2022

Cellist Mara Achleitner was born in Palo Alto, California, and has lived in Vienna, Austria since 2003. After three seasons in the Orchestral Academy of ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mara was invited to become the cellist of ensemble LUX, a Vienna-based string quartet specializing in modern and contemporary chamber music. Mara is co-founder and cellist of Trio 37, a piano trio with Wiener Volksoper concertmaster Anne Harvey-Nagl and pianist Lindsey Huff. She a regular guest with the Koehne Quartet, with whom she performed in the Dschungel Theater in Vienna’s Museums Quartier and in the Albertina Museum. Together with Viennese composer Michael Mautner, Mara created and performed in the Konzett Concept Concerts at the Galerie Konzett in Wien, an interdisciplinary concert series combining modern art and music, including two string quartets by Austrian painter-composer Hermann Nitsch. Mara performs on a Joseph Grubaugh & Sigrun Seifert cello made in Petaluma, California in 1998. As principal cellist, Mara toured extensively with the Vienna Opera Ball Orchestra in Japan and throughout Europe. She also toured Japan five times with the Symphony Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper. Mara frequently performs with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Kontrapunkte in the Wiener Musikverein and the Wiener Konzerthaus. She received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance in New York City with professors Irene Sharp and Paul Tobias at Mannes College of Music, and her Master of Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston with Desmond Hoebig, former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. During her studies, Mara participated in the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo (Japan), the Aspen Music Festival (USA), and was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival (USA). While in Texas, Mara performed in the Houston Symphony Orchestra and held a position in the cello section of the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

Lena Fankhauser is a violist of Trinidadian-Swiss heritage born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She started playing the violin at the age of 4. She has received both her Bachelor and Master’s degree from the Julliard School of Music in New York City on a full scholarship. Fankhauser has toured worldwide, across numerous genres, and played in many halls including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the Royal Albert Hall in London. As a passionate chamber musician, Lena Fankhauser founded a Chamber Music Festival in Bad Ischl and (CH)AMBER, an association for new chamber music. She is a founding member, contractor and manager of the film orchestra, Big Island Orchestra Vienna and a founding member and musical curator of Salon Souterrain.

Born in Vienna in 1955, Wolfgang Seierl is equally active as an artist, musician and composer. He studied painting, philosophy, guitar, musicology, and composition in Vienna
and Salzburg. He received his PhD from the University Mozarteum Salzburg.
2000-02 participation at ISMEAM/Int. Summer Meeting for Electroacoustic Music in Sárvár/Hungary, 2003 grant of the state of Austria for composition/Staatsstipendium für Komposition, 2004 stay in India and residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts/USA,
2010 residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts/USA, composer and artist in Residence in the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival/USA. Compositions commissioned by (among others) Austrian Broadcasting Corporation/ORF, Int.
Stiftung Mozarteum, Öst. Ensemble für Neue Musik, Ensemble Kreativ, Ensemble Wiener Collage, Vienna Recorder Ensemble, Ensemble Kontrapunkte, Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien, Ensemble reconsil Vienna, Ensemble Sonne Ashiya/Japan. His work list includes orchestral, choral and chamber music, music for solo-instruments, electronic music, sound installations, space-, motion- and theater-related works.

DJ UNIVERSAL BEATNIK (Accordia Record Club / ORF Pratersterne)
In his function as DJ Universal Beatnik, Viennese media artist/musician/author Albert R. Farago (aka Al Bird Dirt and Al Bird Sputnik) plays „worldwide rare grooves“, i.e. hot dance music from the remotest corners of the world. Music from decades ago, when records were still a mass medium and even offbeat nove