Olla Gitana. The Conversation as Architecture of Community
Miguel Mesa del Castillo Clavel (Universidad de Alicante)
Paper short abstract:
Olla Gitana is an architectural project that explores the practices related to the rituals of eating as more than just routinary and sensory experiences and aims at showing the dining table as a "parliament of things" in which many daily activisms are discussed.
Paper long abstract:
Olla Gitana is a transdisciplinary project (architecture, gastronomy and communication) that claims the dining table as a socio-technical object that involves people sitting around it, economies and ecologies of power, everyday rituals, media production, industry, laboratories… The project rejects the interpretation of the liturgies of the kitchens and dining rooms as neutral formalities and tries to rescue their political dimension, institutionalizing them as discussion arenas to foster positions taking and the establishment of conflictive democratic citizenships. Olla Gitana explores the practices related to the rituals of eating as more than just routinary and sensory experiences and aims at showing the dining table as a "parliament of things" in which many daily activisms are discussed. In Olla Gitana, solidarity is promoted through affective communities, ways of everyday resistance and cooperation routines that reinforce social ties, thanks mainly, to the material and technological support involved in the design. Thus, the architecture of Olla Gitana is no longer a spatial action that "guarantees the social", but a technology "of community", all being part of an heterogeneous composition, equipped with tools such as food, the art of conversation or communication technologies, and also furniture, wood, polyurethane, iron and steel cables … all contributing to promote the free exchange of opinions.
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