07.19.12 / Amsterdam — Bilderkritik 1: kitchen

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Bilderkritik 1 – Kitchen was attended by Binna (Curator, 34), Katayoun (Cultural worker, 28), Maiko (Curator, 34), Marc (Visual artist, 31), Roland (Psychologist, 36), Rogier (Graphic designer, 31). The location of the Bilderkritik is a shared apartment flat of initiators and members of the Network. After enjoying a delicious collective meal prepared by our hosts, we began by looking closely at the 48 images that were categorized under the Kitchen section of the Domestic Worker Photographer Network website. We discussed the adequacy of the tags that were originally given to every image and decided to create more essential ones, pointing directly the material core of every picture. A wall scheme helped us visualizing the new categories and in-between relations. Bilderkritik 1 ends with the collective task of writing brief introductory texts to every new category. These texts should help to articulate and spread the political relevance of the pictures in order to get more Domestic Worker Photographers to join the Network. Bilderkritik 1 – Kitchen is published in The Grand Domestic Revolution – Goes On catalogue by Casco (Office for Art, Design and Theory) in Utrecht.

The following tags were created: Residue, Cooperation, Isolation, Gendered, Vanity, Inventiveness, Quotidian, Cats.

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Bilderkritik is a collective learning methodology that helps us to articulate all content received in the Domestic Worker Photographer Network. The analysis consists on identifying a pattern or commonality among the images of the Network and how they speak to different people in several working groups.

The term 'Bilderkritik' was originally used in 'Der Arbeiter-fotograf', the German Worker Photographers monthly journal, to name a section where images sent by amateurs to the editors of the journal were analysed technically, formally and ideologically.

lonely

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name: agne / age: 24 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: monday / reference: collective cooking. the last sausage in the pan. was it too short / long / ugly / perfect?

bath-time

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name: maiko / age: 33 / profession: curator / location: amsterdam / weekday: thursday / reference: my friend place in berlin. to take a bath you need to pull out the tub from underneath the kitchen sink.

Amsterdam — Bilderkritik 1

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Bilderkritik 1 – Kitchen was attended by Binna (Curator, 34), Katayoun (Cultural worker, 28), Maiko (Curator, 34), Marc (Visual artist, 31), Roland (Psychologist, 36), Rogier (Graphic designer, 31). The location of the Bilderkritik is a shared apartment flat of initiators and members of the Network. After enjoying a delicious collective meal prepared by our hosts, we began by looking closely at the 48 images that were categorized under the Kitchen section of the Domestic Worker Photographer Network website. We discussed the adequacy of the tags that were originally given to every image and decided to create more essential ones, pointing directly the material core of every picture. A wall scheme helped us visualizing the new categories and in-between relations. Bilderkritik 1 ends with the collective task of writing brief introductory texts to every new category. These texts should help to articulate and spread the political relevance of the pictures in order to get more Domestic Worker Photographers to join the Network. Bilderkritik 1 – Kitchen is published in The Grand Domestic Revolution – Goes On catalogue by Casco (Office for Art, Design and Theory) in Utrecht.

The following tags were created: Residue, Cooperation, Isolation, Gendered, Vanity, Inventiveness, Quotidian, Cats.

Download Bilderkritik 1: Kitchen (pdf format)

slaughterhouse

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slaughterhouse name: elsa / age: 21 / profession: student / location: besançon / weekday: thursday / reference: self-representation, voluntary work with friends in slaughterhouse. Impossible to enter in the rooms of killing. try to understand, meat. work easy but place cold and strange.

alone in the kitchen

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name: pilar / age: 51 / profession: architect / location: castellón / weekday: saturday / reference: After lunch, I hate staying alone in my dark little kitchen, making coffee and doing the washing up. Everybody is laughing in the dining room. 3 metres corridor, my unhappiness. Castellón, 1995.

recycling the recycle

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name: Marissa / age: 41 / profession: Domestic Worker & Coordinator / location: london / weekday: Tuesday / reference: Domestic workers play major role in keeping environment clean and green. this work and contribution is often unseen when things are done properly but get noticed when things go wrong. justice for domestic workers (J4dw) demand recognition in ‘making domestic work visible in british society’.

happy face

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name: Marissa / age: 41 / profession: domestic worker / coordinator / location: london / weekday: Thursday / reference: I normally cook the beans mixed with any other vegetable as soup base for her pasta dinner ready to serve with grilled/oven fresh steak, chicken fillet or fish fillet. when becky is back from school the moment we enter the house she will say, “I’m Hungry!” so I make sure I have ready food to serve because I know she is starving hungry beautiful creature. domestic work is invisible and ignored – indeed the better they are at their work the more invisible it is. Domestic work is support work, unnoticed if it is done well, but noticed if it isn’t done. Justice for domestic workers (j4dw) in making domestic work visible in british society.

pet

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name: Machiel / age: 20 / profession: Art student / location: amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: Invisible pet, named gary. I feed him every day, in return he shits on my kitchen stove. have only seen him twice. one fine friend.

Moldy jar

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mold013name: Antonia / age: 42 / profession: designer / location: montreal / weekday: saturday / reference: a fungal encounter by chance — cleaning day — domestic networks

97 HOUSE MAIDS

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name: daniela / age: – / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: thursday / reference: 97 selected photographs showing groups of Peruvian high class people in daily domestic situations. In the background of each image one can see either a figure or a deletion of a domestic worker. All images have been collected from the social network site Facebook. Project by Daniela Ortiz.

Mr

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kitchenname: Jameson / age: 30 / profession: Teacher & Journalist / location: Draycott / weekday: monday / reference: Washing up done, recycling to go!

kitchen

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name: Sarah / age: 23 / profession: student / location: amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: Amsterdam City Archives, typically old-fashioned household in Amsterdam, woman cooks for the family.

brigadeiro

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IMG_1459name: Luciana / age: 36 / profession: photographer / location: Netherlands / weekday: sunday / reference: homesick, brigadeiro, brasil, sweet, cooking at home, making a girl happy, back 20, party

wanted the unwanted

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name: marissa
age: 41
profession: domestic worker / coordinator
location: london
weekday: monday
reference: Tate modern has introduced to justice for domestic workers (j4DW) the wonders of unwanted things that arts doesn’t have to be expensive or out of nothing there is actually something valuable that often ignored during our workshop and visit around Tate. Since then, it stayed in my mind that before throwing things to the bin and recycle made me think of what other things I could do. I have now loads of ARTS collections for our own exhibit in Tate modern perhaps in early 2013 with theme ‘making domestic work visible in british society’.