Goda Palekaitė and Jonas Palekas

Digestive System of Humanity

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Performance Digestive System of Humanity is a collaboration between a sister and a brother, an artist and a chef. It talks about the hybridity of history and the agency of collective imagination by inviting the audience to become members of a ritualistic eating-reading group. The performance comprises a script with numerous characters written by G. Palekaitė and five meals prepared by J. Palekas. The characters include Ancient Greek poetess Sappho, Russian anarchist Mikhail Bakunin, Karaite archaeologist and falsifier Avraham Firkovič, and many others whose existences questioned cultural clichés and political impositions. People of diverse identities, who operated outside the discourses of power, and were seen as troublemakers or antiheroes, are invited to the dinner – to discuss and digest what bothers them the most. The themes make a collage of facts, thoughts, dreams and gossips, which reveal a thick arrangement of contemporary issues: from the politics of historical narratives to the legacy of post-orientalism, from our feminist ancestors to the promise of anarchism. In a simultaneously factual and fictional, precise and absurd conversation, we perform something in-between a theatrical rehearsal, a collective reading and a dinner at a friends’ house. Five special dishes, created purposefully for this script, are offered to share while sharing the voices of history:

"This ancient breed of taimen – a fish from the salmon family, was found in a special container buried in the saltiest part of the Caspian Sea. It remained almost undamaged because of the special fermentation technique, which Khazars called 1000 years of fish. Since the 7th century, it assured them of keeping their food preserved, in case of a global disaster and the extinction of the species. In fact, this breed of taimen is already extinct. Tonight we do not propose to eat the taimen but to eat with him"

The performance and the food offered will be free of charge.
The performance was first presented at the Editorial Project Space in Vilnius, as a part of the “Doppelgänger” series, and it is supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture and Lithuanian Culture Institute

Jonas Palekas is a Vilnius-based chef, food thinker and product designer working in a field of gastronomy. In 2017 Jonas founded a restaurant Delta Mityba in artists’ center Autarkia, which now plays a major role in Vilnius contemporary art scene. Besides, Jonas participates in artistic projects and events across Europe, including Biennale di Venezia 2017 and 2018, Volcano Extravaganza 2019 in Italy, Kunstverein Amsterdam 2019, and others. With interests in social, cultural and ecological contexts of nowadays world and with his education in culinary arts, Jonas works across the boundaries of human nutritional habits and raises questions related to food in our uncertain times. 

Goda Palekaitė & Jonas Palekas. Performance 'Digestive System of Humanity' 2019. Editorial Project Space, Vilnius. Photo: Laurynas Skeisgiela.