Caique Tizzi

Tropical Anthology, a singing dinner

With a sculptural display by a Piece of Furniture, a musical performance by Fernanda Farah, and a chocolate moment in collaboration with pars Pralinés by Kristiane Kegelmann.

We’ve recently created a sculptural display in collaboration with artist Caique Tizzi for his “Tropical Anthology, a singing dinner”– a performative dinner held at the Julia Stoschek Foundation. The seven center table pieces each have a rotating core metal structure and metal branches to support removable shelves. As the dinner progresses, the shelves are placed to serve each course. The works’ hollow structures allow for additional, custom designed props for future collaborations with the artist. In line with the ideas behind the performative event, for this occasion we made sets of ledges using standard Bauhaus store shelves cut out in geometric shapes. We wanted to play with the standardized aesthetic of supermarket displays to evoke how this aesthetic abstracts both the products from the global commodity chains of our time, and the historical relations that enabled them.

In celebration of the group exhibition at dawn—and responding to the conceptual parameters of Piña, Why is the Sky Blue? by Stephanie Comilang and Simon Speiser—Berlin-based artist Caique Tizzi will stage a multi-course performative dinner titled Tropical Anthology, a singing dinner.

Hosted in the exhibition space, guests will experience an evening of food, song, and poetry revolving around fruit, plants, spices, and edibles from tropical latitudes, including the pineapple (piña), which is not only central to Comilang and Speiser’s installation but to the individual artists’ personal histories between the Philippines, Ecuador, and Brazil. Here, Tizzi examines how foods indigenous to the Americas came to be transformed into ciphers of colonialism and the commodity exchange between different imperial outposts. In other words, food becomes a medium or lens to understand these intertwined pasts, creating a sensual experience that grasps at both the culinary and geopolitical complexities that exist within them.

Between leather tablecloths, rotating pineapples, and a sculptural display where food drapes over metal arms, Tropical Anthology, a singing dinner is an occasion not only to commune and eat, but to reinscribe different registers of levity, pleasure, joy, and resistance to the experience and appreciation of food from the America

All images © Angelo Dal Bò
Center table piece gif © Martina della Valle