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En es cena, Pepe ocupa la cocina y asume el rol de cocinero para hacer algo de lo que hay en un espacio / tiempo dado. Su tarea principal es satisfacer las hambres inmediatas y locales del momento, empezando por la suya. Pepe empezó a cocinar sobras para diferentes cocinas por Madrid en Abril 2012 como un medio para investigar crisis, no como un concepto singular con C mayúscula, sino como un mapa de varias cenas, o crisis con c minúscula. Se trata de una práctica itinerante que invita a quien participa a rumiar de las sustancias de los tiempos precarios. Es una deriva que marca y atravesa una temporada bien larga de la vida de Pepe que le permite participar en las vivencias de lugares donde se encuentra.

In es cena, Pepe occupies the kitchen and assumes the role of cook to make something out of whatever is found in that given space / time. His primary task is to satisfy the moment’s immediate and local hungers, beginning from his own. Pepe began to cook leftovers for different kitchens all over Madrid in April 2012 as a means to investigate crisis, not as a singular term with the capital C, but as a map of various dinner situations, or crises, with a small c. It is a continuous practice that invites whoever participates to ruminate on the nourishments of precarious times. Its a derive that marks and crosses a season in pepe’s life that lets him participate in the lives of places where he finds himself.


This project was developed under the Performing Arts Practices and Visual Culture program held at the National Museum of Reina Sofia and Matadero Center for Contemporary Creation in Madrid. It initially consisted of a series of 12 dinners organized in different households in different parts the city. Assuming the role of guest cook and armed with his traveling spice kit, Pepe went to the houses to cook the leftovers, or whatever food was found in the host’s kitchen and ones that were brought by guests. It was as much a social recipe as it was a gastronomic experience as the mix of mostly Asian spices and food found in the kitchens were as ‘unusual’ as the mix of people that participated in the dinners.

As an artist-as-anthropologist (Kosuth), Pepe used the pretext of creating dinner situations, a liminal space between private and public, as an entrypoint in investigating the micropolitics of ‘Crisis’ that has been plaguing this country. Through the unlikely encounters of strangers, friends, spices and leftovers, and through making something of ‘what is left’, he ‘cooked’ an ephemeral community to locate and localize the human voices that live through this marked collective event. Within each dinner, a crisis was ‘staged’ and each member of the community was made to ‘live through’ it. Each dinner situation became a unique performance in itself.

The project inevitably generated a rhizomic map of crises, exchanges, and social network. The ‘leftovers’ of this experience brought about a wealth of materials, processes and itinerary gathered during the dinners. Pepe took these leftovers as elements and displaced them from the original context to produce new artistic derivations // ‘take away’ works in the form of performances, install-actions, further collaborations, and a working manifesto on the artistic attitude and methodology around the ideas of precarity, the moment, and ‘cooking what is there’. The dinners, other derivative projects, text reflections and the memories of this project will be mapped in this blog.

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