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.
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.
→ 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.