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WISH YOU WERE HERE · 2010

Mis en place is a cooking term meaning to prepare and arrange all the ingredients of a dish before beginning to cook. This event assembles artistic, culinary, academic, and social ingredients and puts them both in and out of place.

Wish you were here is a clichéd sentiment from souvenir postcards. We've been thinking about the pleasures and privileges of travel, home, and hospitality: Who's here? Who's not? How compatible are the conventions of the theatre and the restaurant? What does it mean to travel? To have a home? How do food and performance enact globalization and localization? And are you going to finish that?

We know that in cooking, as in performance, mistakes only sometimes lead to disaster. During the first 20 years we have spent together, we both gave elaborate dinner parties and made humble barbecues, hosted crowds of 100 and improvised breakfast for visiting friends, developed elaborately themed parties and celebrated food from our garden and simple ingredients like homemade pickles and miso. We never treated these aesthetic endeavors as part of our professional work as practicing artists.

On our twentieth anniversary, we decided to formalize a connection between our professional lives and our personal hospitality. Under the company name Spatula and Barcode, we have committed ourselves for the next twenty years to make at least one performance annually drawing on the aesthetics we had previously reserved for domestic "entertaining."

The first of these took place in Zagreb last year. It happened at the end of a year-long round-the-world trip and so the event, called MISadventure, focused on travel and presence. Having been home for one year, now we are focusing on home and absence.

We're grateful to everyone here for contributing your ingredients, computers, ideas and presence to the shift, and also to concentric circles of contributors, starting with Konoba Nebuloza restaurant, the conference and shift hosts, other Croatian friends, and our guest telepresences from around the world.

We are indebted to performances and other influences from Richard Gough, Joseph Beuys, Marin Blazevic, Anthony Bourdain, Nicolas Bourriaud, Bertolt Brecht, Julia Child, Ping Chong, various Clarks (especially Danny, Julian, Rita and Melissa), crayfish and crawfish, Diego Felix, Geoffrey Hendricks, Francis Mallmann, New Year's in Havana, phô for breakfast, Ute Ritschel, street food and market stalls, Yue Wah grocery, Phillip Zarrilli, and countless folks who have visited or hosted us.

A PROJECT BY
Laurie Beth Clark and Michael Peterson
Rijeka, Croatia
4 September 2010

HOSTS
Marin Blazevic, Una Bauer, Lada Cale-Feldman, Petra Corva, Alan Vukelic,
Davor Miškovic

DINNER GUESTS OF HONOR
Ecuador: Marlon Barrios Solano
Argentina: Eduardo Santiere
Benin: Joseph Adandé
South Africa: Thembinkosi Goniwe
India: Ravi Khote
Indonesia: Franki Raden
Singapore: Kaylene Tam
China: Emily MENG, Lucy Feiyang, May HU, Lizhi LIU, Xiangquan ZHENG,Tiancheng LI, Hua HAN, Fei YAN, Sha Sha, Xiaoxia GUO

GUIDES
Jelena Horvat
Kristina Rašeta
Ivana Lalic
Marko Robinic
Nina Benovic

MUSICAL DRAMATURGY
Nina Benovic

RIJEKA ASSISTANCE
Marisa Maksimovic

CATERING
Igor Knezevic

THANKS TO ALL THE IGORS AT NEBULOZA
Igor Jagic, Siniša Fucak, Jasna Velejanlic, Hrvoje Dzimbek, Marica Dujmic

FLOWERS
Dajana Prizmic

ADDITIONAL PROPERTIES
Courtesy Richard Gough (Last Supper)

VIDEO TELEPHONY RECORDING
Made possible by Vodburner

GRAPHICS
Nancy Zucker

APRON PRINTING
Dorla Mayer

MASKS
Janez Janša

THANKS TO
Preeti Chopra, Henry Drewel, Tomislav Longinovic, Douglas Rosenberg,
Sara Schneckloth, Hongtao Zhou

 
 
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