Roodkapje is Rotterdam’s local laboratory for
ART X MUSIC X FOOD and everything in between

Delftseplein 39
3013 AA Rotterdam

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Roodkapje is Rotterdam's local laboratory for
ART X LIVE X FOOD and everything in between

28 September 2023

so happy together #1 with Jatiwangi art Factory, The Post Collective, SOUPSPOON Collective

so happy together #1
with Jatiwangi art Factory, The Post Collective, SOUPSPOON Collective

A series of public happenings on collectivity and being together.
Experimental cooking, eating and digesting as a way of community building.

Thursday 28 September 2023. so happy together #1: so?
The first collective happening of so happy together focuses on the conditions of coming together. How do you build a community? What do you need to be hospitable? We're joined by three collectives who will share their experiences on collective practices in their field. We will explore the possibilities of experimental cooking, eating non-conventional ingredients and digesting together as ways of building long-term communities. You can sign up for cooking and help prepare the food, or just join the collective dinner and participate in this happening.

Participating collectives:
Jatiwangi art Factory (Indonesia)
The Post Collective (Brussels)
SOUPSPOON Collective

Maximum amount people attending: 35 (prior registration through website only)
17:00h collective cooking (small group ±10 people)
19:00h sharing meal, presentations and workshop
22:00h end

Attendance is free and open to everyone, but places are limited. All participants are expected to actively join the session.

so happy together
In recent years there has been a growing interest in collaborative and collective practices in the arts. Think of last year's large-scale exhibition Documenta fifteen, which has been described as a 'collective of collectives'. Where does this increased focus on collectivity come from? What does it actually mean to work collectively? Is collective practice an end in itself or a means to achieve something else? Roodkapje wants to actively explore these questions in the light of our in-house residency programme, the Hamburger Community, which aims to provide a site for learning and experimenting with collaboration and collectivity. At Roodkapje we believe that collaboration can be trained, but collectivity is lived through coming together, practicing and sharing.

From September 2023 to March 2024, Roodkapje is organizing three collective happenings, followed by a Sympa-posium (sympathetic symposium), to actively engage with these questions. For each session we invite local, national and international collectives to actively share their experiences and insights. Each happening is built around the burger, both as a unifying factor in the Hamburger Community and as the definition of 'civilian' in Dutch. Through cooking, eating and digesting together, we will explore what it means to be (or not to be) a burger in a larger community; how to experiment radically with distribution of power in existing hierarchies; how to find ways of collective self-determination in inhospitable systems; how to build collectivity with more than human collaborators? Expect speculative tastings, sensational workshops and juicy conversations.

Jatiwangi art Factory
Founded in 2005, Jatiwangi Art Factory (JaF) is a community that embraces contemporary art and cultural practices as part of the local discourse of life in a rural area of West Java, Indonesia. JaF's diverse activities, always involving the local public, include a video festival, a music festival, a residency programme, a monthly discussion and a radio station.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Jatiwangi's clay industry made it the largest producer of roof tiles in Southeast Asia. One hundred years later, in 2005, using the same clay, JaF encouraged the people of Jatiwangi to create a collective awareness and identity for their region through arts and cultural activities. In doing so, JaF seeks to cultivate clay with greater dignity and to increase the collective happiness of the community.

The Kota Terrakota (Terracotta City) project thus marks the beginning of a new clay culture for Jatiwangi, one that redesigns the city based on the wishes of its people and their collective agreement. In this sense, Kota Terrakota addresses 'terra' not only as a material, but also as land, territory or idea.

SOUPSPOON Collective
SOUPSPOON Collective was formed in Rotterdam, in the summer of 2022 by Pitchaya Ngamcharoen (TH), Raffia Li (CN), Maoyi Qiu(CN), Miyoung Chang (KR), and Dakota Guo (CN). Attempting to cultivate a common, Asian contextualized space for the particularities that elude translation, it aims to convene a generative forum of “minor gestures” and “micro politics.” Their first collective working period started off with a research proposal on “The Dialectic of Arrivals" within the Goethe Institute's residency programme 'Goethe Investigating' at the Goethe Institute Rotterdam from September to December 2022. During their residency at Rib Summer Lab 2023, they have been proposing an alternative approach to the modern, normative parameters of time, to experiment with how capitalist temporality could be simultaneously stretched and compressed.

The Post Collective
The Post Collective (2018, BE) is an autonomous platform for co-creation, co-learning and cultural activism. It is founded by Marcus Bergner, Sawsan Maher, Mirra Markhaeva and Elli Vassalou; artists, activists and researchers with different means and access to artistic production and education due to their legal status (refugees, asylum seekers, sans-papiers, documented citizens).

It introduces a range of artistic, cultural and employment opportunities, and provides a commoning environment for its members and their kin. Generative modes of kinship, solidarity, dialogue and storytelling form the basis of their speculative and experiential approaches to art and design. They aim to develop creative alternatives beyond the dominant systems of control and exclusion they face. This means facilitating a position where they do not struggle to be assimilated, but instead critically rethink and reconceptualize a future together as a community. This means facilitating the position where they do not struggle to be assimilated but instead rethink and re-conceptualize critically a future together as community. The Post Collective develops relationships of co-elaboration with other artists and institutions in Belgium and from various diasporas such as the Metacπora project and the Post (film) Collective. Their ongoing project Manifestations is currently expanding in collaboration with 10 other artists at BNA BBOT Brussels.

❗️❗️ There are a limited number of places available for 'so happy together #1'. If you can't make it, please be so kind as to let us know by emailing so we can give your place to someone else.

🍢🍢 Please note that this evening has a workshop format, we kindly ask everyone to actively participate 🙂 All food served during the evening will be vegan. If you have any dietary needs or requirements please let us know by emailing after reserving your ticket

🪐🪐 The spaces of Roodkapje are on the ground floor. There are no wheelchair accessible toilets.

📣📣 The evening will be in English.

28 September 2023: so happy together #1: so?
23 November 2023: so happy together #2: happy?
11 January 2024: so happy together #3: together?

so happy together is part of our research into collective practice, made possible by the kind support of Gemeente Rotterdam, Mondriaan Fonds, Stichting Ondernemersbelangen Rotterdam, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht, Stichting Elise Mathilde Fonds, Fonds Podiumkunsten