I created Pasta Sauna initially for Performa ’09 New York and made a new and improved version for Dordtyart in April 2013.
Pasta Sauna is inspired by the Futurist movement which occurred during the early 20th century and originated in Italy. It saw the breaking of ties with tradition and wholeheartedly embraced the modern.
Filippo Tommaso Emilio Marinetti was the founder of the futurist movement. In 1932 he produced a manifesto of cookery titled La Cucina Futurista literally meaning ‘The Futurist Kitchen’. The cookbook reflected the Futurists fascination with technology, speed and the ‘new’ and condemned the consuming of pasta claiming it was deceptive in its nutritional content, and likely to produce slow and placid characteristics in those who ate it. ‘Abolish pasta, it is an absurd gastronomic religion!’, he stated. This announcement caused controversy on almost every pasta-piled dinner table. The Futurists were also known for their ‘gesamtkunstwerk’, artworks that combined various artforms into one work, such as poetry, music, cooking, performance and sculpture. The Pasta Sauna is a space you can enter and enjoy a bowl of freshly cooked pasta, while the boiling water steams your surroundings, creating a sauna. Not only will the pasta make you feel lazy and slow, but the sauna as well! Oh, and did I mention that the pasta-machines are music boxes
Installation in collaboration with Robin van der Werff
Most of the pictures are by Henk van Dijke