The Making of OneLoveKitchen: Commoning the Assembly

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The special publication on "Organizing from Below/ HOW Assemblies Matter?" is proposing to open up the dialogue about the art of “assemblying” with a radical approach from artistic, activist, architectural, poetic, antiracist, feminist, queer, performative, joyful, loving and philosophical point of views in its reading. Essays constitute a major component of the publication, but so does photography—and to a lesser extent, design. Contributors of international repute are invited to write such as Athena Athanasiou, Angela Dimitrakaki, Geheimagentur (i.e. the secret agency), Iris Lykourioti, Phoebe Gianissi, Jenny Marketou, Vana Kostayola, Neni Panourgia, Stavros Stavrides, Margarita Tsomou, Gracia Trujillo, Georgios Papadopoulos, Kuba Szreder, Penny Travlou, among others as well as s student’s project from KMMN with Mathilde ter Heijne and Tanja Schomaker. The book launch was hosted by Documenta 14 in Kassel in the closing week of the event on 15 September.

The chapter "The Making of OneLoveKitchen: Commoning the Assembly" looks at an African collective kitchen, which run for four months in 2015 between a number of different people and collectives. In an on-going collaborative experiment, these groups fabricated situations that bond residents and newcomers together through the notion of ‘food’ as a common good, shared within/across the city, OneLoveKitchen of African refugees, nomad citizens of the Global North, members of the local anti-authoritarian movement and African women activists. The chapter concentrates particularly on their decision-making method of assemblying where the group met not only to discuss their common project, but also to offer a safe shared space of care and friendship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrganizing from Below/HOW Assembling Matter?
EditorsJenny Marketou, Stephanie Bailey
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNaked Punch Publications
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventHow Assemblies Matter? Assemblies Acts of Social Urgency and Imagination? - National Technical University of Athens, Athens, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Dec 201617 Dec 2016


ConferenceHow Assemblies Matter? Assemblies Acts of Social Urgency and Imagination?
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • commoning
  • refugees
  • ethnography
  • solidarity
  • politics of care
  • collective kitchen


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