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LIVIU & GABRIEL`S SOUL KITSCHEN IS A PERFORMANCE IN THE FORM OF A TVSHOW PILOT.

IT CONSISTS OF THE TWO ARTISTS BEING FILMED BY DANIEL RĂDUȚU WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY PERFORMING IN FRONT OF  A CROWD AT THE CLOSING GET-TOGETHER OF GABRIEL MILOIA!S PROJECT MUIAN.

LIVIU BULEA IS BAKING FRESH PANCAKES AND STUFFING THEM WITH A VARIETY OF JAMS FOR THE AUDIENCE, WHILE GABRIEL MILOIA IS UNFRAMING WORKS HE HAD BOUGHT FROM PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS HE SEES AS IMPOSTORS AND POURING THEIR CANVASSES, CARDBOARD DRAWINGS, INSTALLATIONS OR SCULPTURES IN CONCRETE MOULDS.

THE SHOW IS BASED ON CONTEMPORARY TV CULTURE, ESPECIALLY ON DO-IT-YOURSELF SHOWS, COMBINING COOKING AND ARTS & CRAFTS. SOUL KITSCHEN IS INSPIRED BY THE CONCEPT IN THE SOUTHERN UNITED STATES THAT ”FOOD IS LOVE”. LIVIU BULEA IS KEEN ON COOKING COMFORT FOOD AND PRESENTING RECIPES THAT ARE ”GOOD FOR THE SOUL”.

GABRIEL MILOIA`S DESTRUCTION OF ART IS A REVERSED ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW. HAVING BOUGHT ENTIRE EXHIBITIONS FROM ARTISTS AUREL ROȘU, DOINA TĂTAR, OVIDIU HORAȚIU GUI, RADU TÂRNOVEAN AND ANDREEA NISTOR, HE OFFERS VIEWERS TIPS ANT TRICKS OF HOW TO SALVAGE MATERIALS SUCH AS FRAMES, CHASSIS OR EVEN HOOKS AND SCREWS USED IN PUTTING THE WORKS TOGETHER. HE IS ALSO CAREFUL TO POINT OUT FLAWS IN EACH WORK AND TRIES TO REPAIR DAMAGE THAT HAD OCCURRED TO ARTIFACTS PRIOR TO THEIR POURING INTO CONCRETE. THIS FORM OF DESTRUCTION IS PREFERRED SINCE IT IS NOT PER SE DESTRUCTIVE, BUT REMINISCENT OF CONTAINMENT MEASURES TAKEN DURING THE CHERNOBYL DISASTER: TO THIS DAY, THE MOLTEN REACTOR OF THE POWER PLANT IS ALIVE INSIDE A CONCRETE SARCOPHAGUS THAT, WHILE ENSURING RADIATION WILL NOT LEAK, ALSO PRESERVES IT. IF WE ACCEPT THE CLICHE OF FOOD AS BEING GOOD FOR THE SOUL, WE MUST ALSO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT ART IS FOOD FOR THE SOUL. LACK OF CARE AND SANITATION MEASURES TAKEN IN THE CREATION OF BOTH MAY RESULT IN INTOXICATION, EITHER OF THE BODY OR OF THE SPIRIT. IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT THE PHENOMENON OF MACDONALDIZATION, REFERRING TO THE FAST FOOD CHAIN LIKE UTILITARIANISM IN EDUCATION, MAY VERY WELL APPLY FOR FOODSTUFFS OF EITHER BODY OR SOUL. BOTH FAST FOOD AND FAST ART ARE INDUSTRIALIZED PRODUCTS DESIGNED TO STUFF ONE`S BOWELS WITH SUFFICIENT NUTRITION TO PREVENT COLLAPSE, WHILE ALSO INFUSING CONSUMERS WITH HIGH DOSES OF CHEMICAL (CONCEPTUAL) ENHANCERS  THAT PROVIDE, JUST LIKE ”UMAMI”, THE INDESCRIBABLE, ELUSIVE ILLUSION OF SATISFACTION. AS JAMIE OLIVER CAMPAIGNS AGAINST UNHEALTHY (AND UNSAVORY) FOOD, SOUL KITSCHEN DEALS WITH BAD ART AS IT SEES PROPER FOR THE SAFEGUARD OF OUR MINDS, APPROACHING IT BY VIA NEGATIVE: RATHER THAN HAVING MORE GOOD ART CONFRONTED BY TODAY”S MEDIA NOISE, IT IS MORE SOUND TO SIMPLY CAST AWAY BAD ART AND LET THE GOOD BREATHE FREELY

IT IS, HOWEVER, A MATTER OF CURATORIAL AND CONCEPTUAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BOTH TO DECIDE AND TO ACT UPON THAT WHICH IS BAD ART. A STRICT SET OF RULES IS OUTLINED IN THE FOLLOWING LIST:

  1. ONE MUST NEVER HARM THA AMATEUR, FOR HE OR SHE WORKS FOR PLEASURE, BUT SEEK OUT THE DILETTANTE, THE ONE WHO, AS A PROFESSIONAL, SELLS ”SNAKE OIL” TO THE NAIVE. NO STUDENTS SHOULD BE INCLUDED, SINCE THEY ARE NOT YET PROFESSIONALS AND SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO ERR.
  2. CREATORS OF DESIGNATED WORKS MUST BE ALIVE
  3. ALL WORKS MUST BE PURCHASED. IT IS NOT OUR GOAL TO FORECAST REVOLUTION OR VIOLENCE AS OUR FOREFATHERS IN THE `40S AND `50S WHO CALLED FOR THE BURNING DOWN OF MUSEUMS. SOUL KITSCHEN IS NEITHER LEFTIST, NOR RIGHT-WING, NOT POLITICAL AND NOT REVOLUTIONARY. IT ABIDES BOTH BY LAWS AND THE RULES OF CAPITALISM AND PROPERTY, HENCE ITS INVINCIBILITY. SOUL KITSCHEN IS A LAW ABIDING AND GOD FEARING WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITY.
  4. WORKS MUST NOT BE BRUTALIZED. NO THRASHING, SLASHING, BURNING OR ANY IRREVERSIBLE, UNRESTAURABLE ALTERATION MAY BE INFLICTED UPON THEM, AS IT IS A SIGN OF BARBARITY AND DISRESPECT TO DO SO. DISPOSING OF WASTE IS NOT A PERSONAL ACTION AN MUST NOT BE BASED ON LACKING SYMPATHY, BUT ON PROFESSIONAL DISAGREEMENT WITH A COLLEAGUE FULLY DESERVING LOUR RESPECT. LIVIU AND GABRIEL`S SOUL KITSCHEN HAS CHOSEN CONCRETE AS THE MEANS OF SANITATION. IT MAY NOT BE THE ONLY SOLUTION, BUT WE RECOMMEND MATURE CONSIDERATION BEFORE FINDING ANOTHER ONE.
  5. SOUL KITSCHEN CHEFS MUST BE PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS OR CURATORS WHO HAVE CREATED ARE STILL ACTIVE IN THE FIELD OF ARTS.
  6. EACH SHOW MUST BE ACKNOWLEDGED BY THE CHEF, ALONG WITH ITS CRITERIA AND CONSEQUENCES.
  7. ALL DESTRUCTION MUST BE DOCUMENTED, AS WELL AS THE ORIGINAL WORK.
  8. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THE RULES ABOVE TRANSFORMS SOUL KITSCHEN INTO AN ACT OF SAVAGERY THAT SHOULD BE DESPISED AS SUCH.

SOUL KITSCHEN`S PILOT WAS FILMED IN OPEN AIR. FURTHER EPISODES WILL BE FILMED INDOORS, WITH ALL PROPER STUDIO UTILITIES: LIGHTS, UTENSILS AND BACKGROUND MUSIC.

AS A FURTHER DEVELOPMENT, GABRIEL MILOIA CHOSE TO POUR SAID WORKS INTO CONCRETE BLOCKS, WHICH, ONCE SUFFICIENT IN NUMBERS, WILL BE USED FOR BUILDING. THIS IS NOT A REQUIREMENT. HOWEVER, SHOULD OUR FANS CONSIDER DESTROYING THEIR ART AT HOME IN THE SAME MANNER, WE COURTEOUSLY INVITE THEM TO SEND US THEIR BLOCKS, PROVIDED THEIR COOKING RESPECTS THE 8 RULE SYSTEM.

WE ALSO ANNOUNCE THAT, STARTING 2016, WE WILL LAUNCH A CROWD FUNDING CALL, TO HELP OUR FANS HELP US ACQUIRE ARTISTIC GARBAGE OF HIGHER AND HIRE PRICES. GENEROUS DONORS WILL BE GUEST STARS IN OUR SHOW AND MAY EVEN SELECT BAD ART TO BE PROCESSED. TOGETHER WE CAN CLEAN GALLERIES, MUSEUMS AND MINDS OF HUNDREDS OF YEARS OF GARBAGE!

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT LIVIU BULEA AND GABRIEL MILOIA WILL RETAIN NO FEE FOR THEIR PERFORMANCES. VISUAL KONTAKT GUARANTEES THE NON-PROFIT NATURE OF SOUL KITSCHEN, AND THAT ALL DONATIONS WILL BE DIRECTED TOWARDS PURCHASE OF BAD ARTIFACTS.

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