Alicja Dobrucka

Residency Program

Research Residency Program


Alicja Dobrucka

Participating ProjectResearch Residency Program
Activity BasedUnited Kingdom
Period2016.10 - 2016.11
Purpose of the residency

The aim of the research is to investigate the relation between two sense impression: taste and vision. Photography is the methodology. It serves as a mode of inverstigation to address architecture and food in the cultural context of Tokyo. The work will be directly informed by the visual specificity of this city.
This includes the everyday rituals of the production and consumption of food in a densly populated metropolis.
I intend to use the food consmption entry point to the pursuit of photography of architecture.
This residency will also provide an opportunity to test historically specific works: In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki (1933); Roland Barthes' Empire of Signs (1970). I will appraise the relevance of their ideas for today. Japanese food, Tanizaki tells us, is 'a cuisine to be looked at rather than eaten'. 'Our cooking depends upon shadows and is inseparable from darkness'. The shadow is the common ground that defines food, photography and architecture. Barthes considers food in Japan as a collection of fragments. He compares it with calligraphy. The meal has no center, just as the city of Tokyo, he tells us. The residency will enable us to articulate new knowledge about looking and eating as sense impressions that inform our thinking. It will help us to expand and challenge the still life and urban landscape as genres to apprehend contemporary Tokyo as a series of new pictorial representations.

Plan during the residency

I am currently researching the sites for photography/video piece I intend to produce (till the 23rd October). I shall start taking footage as of the beginning of next week. I will use the last 3 weeks for producing the final piece.

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