Stichting Stokroos


Joost Elschot | Good Pizza, bad pizza

In his performance Good Pizza, Bad Pizza, the final presentation of his residency, Elschot creates a mixture of an exhibition and kitchen situation, a place for people to meet and to exchange. He invites the guests and passers-by to buy and eat the pizza he is making. They can choose between four different ones just from their image. In picking pizza as a globally well-known food that is produced in all sorts of variations throughout the world, depending on what groceries locally exist, are eaten or used in cooking, he refers not only to cooking as an important cultural and social practice, and to the migration of goods or food in general – Who has invented pizza? Where does the tomato come from? What else can be used for cheese if you don't have or eat any? -, but also to the migration, transfer and transformation of cultural knowledge and imagery. Like putting together the ingredients for a pizza, layer by layer, Elschot combines different artistic media building this work: a sculpture that serves as the kitchen table and
pizza kiosk at once, videos that display his experiences with pizza making in Ghana (including the singing of a recipe) on a small fake TV, drawings related to various sorts of beer and the German purity law, his being, doing and talking alongside everything. This humorous mix or juxtaposition lets one not only think of TV cooking shows – a pop-cultural format Elschot plays with as well (performance and artist talk at once) -, it also hints at the fact how diverse and intertwined, how much moving and changing cultures, cultural practices and knowledge are, and it brings to mind how certain people or political powers within not only the German society try to claim a purity of a (national) culture. Elschot easily moves with and through this performance like with and through life. We can join him in this process between success and failure, and we can taste his good and bad pizza - the taste of life.

Joost Elschot is the fourth stipend in the residency programme of the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (HKU) in cooperation with Stichting Stokroos at Flutgraben e.V.