SOCHACKI, Paul; PLAZA LAZO, Maria Inés; KOLAR, Alina (eds.)
Arts of the Working Class #16 : Foods eats The Soul
In Corona times we most likely eat where we shit. This issue is part of the tragicomic reality of precarious living and working conditions. Dedicated to nourishment, ingestion and metabolisms – in poetic and physical forms – it is spelled out as recipes from the cookbook of uncertainty with ingredients soaked in folk tales. After passing through these pages, you’ll be able to tell how much we’d like to serve it as a menu, a nutritional guide for social change.
This issue also is a birthday cake. Arts of the Working Class celebrates its 3rd year, covered in buttercream and flavoured by a perceptible collective fear, despite and/or because of COVID’s toll on our (already publicly restricted) senses. Its dough reconstructs histories and spirits responding to socioeconomic questions, instilled with the hard to digest 1970’s melodrama Angst Essen Seele Auf by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Arts of the Working Class responds to the contained racism and abstraction of fear in the film, mirroring the conspiracies of today, which can easily be entered through the fanatic nutrition guidance of Corona deniers and taken to perfection in kitchen sink psychology between recognition and denunciation, desire and pleasure, uncertainty and guilt, well-aged cheese, fresh fruit, sustainable eggs and leftovers.