Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen, Bratislava & Linares
“Strategies to minimize the error” - Dumpster-diving tactical action planning for a citizen hacker is a collective and intergenerational practice of social production and reproduction. With the project Martinka Bobrikova and Oscar de Carmen are making a recipe for dumpster-diving. In the recipe they will describe all necessary steps one needs to know to locate the food surplus commonly found in the containers of the supermarkets. The recipe is intended to function as a tool to develop a work beyond the institutions. The idea is to develop a recipe by the citizens for themselves intended to produce new strategies of collaborative consumption open to economic sustainability. To carry out the recipe, citizens who already recycle and dumpster-dive in the city of Copenhagen will participate in the process in the weeks before Alt_Cph. Martinka and Oscar will develop a series of activities related to the conservation and degustation of the surpluses, and raise the use of the assigned space at The Factory of Art and Design during their stay as an open social space, where they will develop the work of collaboration with the community through neighborhood activities.
About Martinka Bobrikova and Oscar de Carmen
Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen has worked together as an artist duo since 2005. Their practice, which is often community based, aims at setting up new social ecosystems. By revolving around the mechanisms and context by which power creates systems of value, they seek to intervene on the border between art and current topics of contemporary life in order to bring about the proposition of the transitory and the utopian. Through the ongoing series of gastronomic events as the common thread they are working with social interventions — that are at the same time a critical practice — operating via social research, site-specific installations and a series of social events and dialogues triggered by conviviality. They investigate our rooted social acts and habits, and question if we could act otherwise in social ways. Their goal is to create a platform where each participant can experience and live inside this social ecosystem we have created outside the consumeristic world, offering them services for free. A new economy is proposed and made tangible, and the negotiation and social rituals revolving around food are given a face that speaks the language of gift, respect and responsibility.