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Goethe-Institut Toronto: Call for participants in Berlin-Toronto art project on mobility culture

Would you like to present your ideas about the future of transportation & mobility in Toronto in a fresh and original way? 

The art project "Transit Kitchen" is the idea of Folke Köbberling und Martin Kaltwasser, an artist duo from Berlin. Commissioned by the Goethe-Institut and co-curated by No. 9 Art and the Environment and the Goethe-Institut, Köbberling and Kaltwasser intend their "Transit Kitchen" as an invitation to Torontonians to analyze and deal with traffic, public transit, cycling, pedestrian movement, with the most recent developments and attractive scenarios of their continually more mobile metropolis, Toronto.

In "Transit Kitchen," a TV cooking show-style studio built by Köbberling and Kaltwasser, the artists invite visionary, creative, and open-minded Canadians to present their utopias, ideas and wishes regarding the future of municipal transportation, public collective mobility, and movement culture in Toronto in the form of lists of ingredients, recipes, dishes, cooking methods, and gourmet tips.

Your resulting "mobility recipes" will include knowledge of nutrition, diets, the right quantities, the correct mix, precise timing, taste, and endless refinements – figuratively speaking, of course. In this way the participants will "cook up² possible transportation concepts and situations, performed in a kitchen environment, and serve them up as examples of a better urban lifestyle in Toronto.

You will be able to experience "Transit Kitchen" live on June 1 and 2 in Toronto's Union Station on the set of our "cooking studio." The cooks selected – all experts in everyday urban mobility and full of progressive and creative ideas – will create a municipal menu with their utensils on the spot. The live shows will be public and will be filmed live.

Following this, Köbberling and Kaltwasser will set up "Transit Kitchen" at the Evergreen Brick Works, expand it with additional fixtures, cabinets, and cooking utensils and make it accessible to the public, who will be able to sample ever more recipes on the kitchen screens.
If you would like to be a "Transit Kitchen Cook" and present and perform your recipe for future mobility, please send your idea directly to Folke Koebberling by e-mail: FolkeKoebberling@gmx.de .

We hope that you will engage with us and have fun swapping the best recipes from and for Toronto's future!

Best regards,

Folke Köbberling & Martin Kaltwasser
www.koebberlingkaltwasser.de

Folke Köbberling (*1969) and Martin Kaltwasser (*1965) live and work in Berlin. With their installations, such as a recycled theatre built out of construction waste and wood blankets, or the comfortable chairs in waiting areas of train stations all over the world that the German artists created out of wooden boxes, Köbberling and Kaltwasser show that waste can be turned into something useful and sustainable. They plead for a change of thinking in our throw-away society. They have exhibited extensively in Germany and internationally and were included in the 2009 Architecture Biennal in Sao Paulo. During the summer of 2010, they worked with materials recycled from the 2010 Vancouver Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games Athletes' Village to create a situation of exchange & cooperation. They have taught at Metropolitan University in London, University of Arts in Berlin and at Academy of Fine Arts HFBK Hamburg.