“…foreplay implies a certain level of confidence and trust between partners and creates intimacy before the main act.”
Foreplay is Agora’s on going Performance series that invites one artist every month to take part on the format, conceptualized by Agora Collective. The primary intention of the performance series, Foreplay, is to create proximity between the audience and the work of the performer/choreographer through an encounter of the public with the artist’s universe, in the format of a dinner. This dinner is a carefully prepared situation designed collaboratively by the artist and one of Agora Food‘s chefs (Agora’s food platform, that supports 5 emerging chefs). This food experience is the opportunity for the artist to approach his/her work in a new format, re-articulating it into the language of dynamic, taste and texture.
For Foreplay’s 5th Edition, on December 11th, Agora is happy to have, as part of Comuna Visita Agora (the encounter of Agora and Comuna, two similar multidisciplinary collectives actives respectively in Berlin and Rio de Janeiro) the performer Luiza Crosman. Luiza will lead the evening together with Ayumi Saito, Agora’s wednesday chef.
Luiza Crosman is a Brazilian artist and curator of Comuna’s exhibition space casamata current researching strategies to engage with the specificity of exhibition situations, strategies taking form as briefings for the public as well as for the artist herself.
For Foreplay, Luiza will work with Agora’s chef Ayumi Saito for a dinner where waste, collaboration and social-economic arrangements will be the main subjects. Trough creating a need for a political as well as social interaction between the eaters, the work will be able to merge a delicious dinner and a talk on how to manage an independent art space.
The dinner and the talk will be divided in three parts:
The starting point of the talk will question the idea of waste in our society through the economic concept of cosume, the artistic concept of drift and Bataille’s use of the north american indigenous society concept of gift, the Potlacht concept.
Main course Collaboration
During the main course the talk will focus on collaborative practices. The diference between depending and collaborating, the importance of trust on those relationships and how it might be possible to establish new micro economic systems for an art practice.
The last part of the talk will be a case study of Comuna’s art exhibition space casamata. Our thoughs on how to be independent, develop and grow inside this scenario.
Each of these momentos will offer to the eaters not only ideas but also the possibility of directing the dinner experience as a group.
Ayumi Saito is Agora’s wednesday’s Chef. Her interest is in the fusion of Asian spices with Western dishes, with of course, always the big influence of her Japanese background.