Hiccups series

One cannot sing and eat at the same time, to sing is to starve, to eat is to be in silence. The dichotomy proposes a field of speculation regarding materiality, consumption and human relation to the environment (nature/culture). Hiccups is an exhibition involving culinary practices, sound and visual arts. The curatorial interest stems from the intersection of these practices. Curators Trang Hà and Andrejs Poikāns invite local and international artists to reflect on this topic and to create multisensory works.

One Hiccup Hoogtij #74 Friday 29th September, doors from 19:00 to 23:00.
Two Hiccups Museumnacht, Saturday 7 October, doors open at 20:00 to 1:00.

One Hiccup, the first of the series, will be a film screening featuring local and international artists working with the themes of culinary, sound, and visual arts. In addition to the film screenings, the event will also feature three exhibited works. On 29th September during Hoogtij #74, One Hiccup will celebrate culinary practices through means of sound and visuals. With works by:

Alejandra López (ES) @ale_looma
Cecilie Fang (DK/CN) @ceciliefang
Jana Romanova (RU) @janarom
Marcin Liminowicz (PL) @mliminowicz
Nael Quraishi (UK/PK) @naelquraishi
Trang Hà (VN) @terrafic.soup

The theme of the event was initially based on a performance by Trang Hà—Cuisine (du) Terror, an elaborate dinner experience that allows an interplay between food, sound, and storytelling.

Cuisine (du) Terror pleads for a recalibration of knowledge: it concerns the question of who is cooking and who/what is cooked. The trendy culinary technique called sous-vide reveals our vulnerability in the face of global warming. The fact that animal flesh can be cooked already from 53°C, lower than the boiling temperature of water, suggests that parts of the world are being slow-cooked without their inhabitants being aware of it.

Within this context, heat becomes a speculative tool for learning and unlearning, “decomposing” preconceptions and re-assembling them into new narratives. The possibilities for these narratives are endless and might not adhere to the conventional boundaries of nature and culture; instead, they reside in the undefined areas, akin to grey zones, to glitches and hiccups. Thus the title “Hiccups”, drawing an analogy to the sudden and “repeated spasms in the diaphragm that one can’t control”, conveys a similar anecdote. It serves as a reminder of the unpredictable yet familiar processes of material existence, where the goal is not to pursue certainty but to embrace uncertainty as a nest of possibilities.

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The following event of the series, “Two Hiccups”, will take place during The Hague’s Museum Night, or Museumnacht, on Saturday, October 7th, from 20:00 to 1:00, with experimental food and sound performances.

One Hiccup • 29 September 2023 • Hoogtij #74 • Photos by Dana La Monda