KatchaKatcha is a culinary design project based on local culinary practices, whatever their age or origin. At the end of a collaborative creative process led by a culinary designer, it leads to the creation of a contemporary work of high-performance culinary design.
Thanks to an innovative artistic practice, the objective of this project is to bring together mixed know-how. KatchaKatcha is based on the culinary practices of local residents, resulting in a culinary design performance that reflects the interaction between artists and residents during cooking workshops. With this tool, the association makes possible a real mix of audiences. Based on the premise that everyone eats and everybody has the opportunity to cook, the kitchen gathers together. By establishing a dialogue between participants and speakers, KatchaKatcha promotes moments of meeting, discovery and social cohesion. The culinary designer will not only focus on the act of cooking, but on what precedes and follows this act: the production of the raw material and the diffusion of the product.
*Japanese term for the noise of knocking cutlery during a meal.
The culinary design in question
The culinary design takes an original look at food and how to eat. He explores, experiments and shapes an understanding of food in its polysensorality. The culinary designer is always looking for new sensations. He will explore the layout of the dish, the shape of the container, the smells, the colours, the textures of the food, the rituals introduced, the gestures aroused or provoked… By giving the consumer a role as an actor in his way of eating, he will arouse his curiosity and push him to thwart the rules of classical food practice.
Culinary design cannot be achieved without an understanding of food-related uses. For the designer, food is a material in its own right. The food becomes sensitive, emotional, regressive, even transgressive… It is thought beyond its sensory characteristics: it is thought as a social attribute. The point is to conduct a real social inquiry. With KatchaKatcha, the participants’ cooking creation process will be observed: the food that they use in their daily lives, the mixing of their dishes, the chromatic, olfactory and sonorous atmosphere that inhabits their collective kitchen, the gestures that make their meals, the names that they give to their dishes… The creation of the final performative work will echo all these sounds and colours recorded.
Kitchen, the language of mediation
KatchaKatcha contributes to creating an environment conducive to the development and influence of a cultural project carried out by local actors. It makes it possible to initiate a work of local mediation on design and contemporary art. This project is based on the complementarity of languages that permeate territories and cultures. Culinary culture is very strong in the working-class neighbourhoods. It responds to a daily concern, shared by the greatest number of people, and constitutes a genuine intercultural and intergenerational link. KatchaKatcha, nourished by all these ways of consuming and (re)discovering eating habits, offers the opportunity for a time of sharing and dialogue between communities.
KatchaKatcha takes place in four steps :
– A phase of gathering information on the culinary practices of the participants
>Exchanges around the kitchen
>Participation in a cooking workshop
>Choosing a group as the main partner
– A design phase of the designated culinary work and the scenography of the final performance.
>According to the encounters and materials collected, start of the creation and scenography work by the culinary designers.
>Time of exchanges and experimentation for culinary questions (techniques, recipes, ingredients…)
– A phase of collective creation of the work with the group of participants
>Concrete preparation of performance
>Transmission of the project and its orchestration
– A tasting / performance open to all
>Each performance is different: it changes according to the people met, the issues raised, the space that will host the performance, the territory of the meeting.