Dancing Cooks (춤요리사): The No-Menu Restaurant
2010 ‧ Anyang Public Art Project, Seoul
- Culinary placemaking ‧ negotiated cooking ‧ alternative economies ‧ revitalising traditional market
Commissioned by Seoksu Art Project and Anyang Public Art Project 2010, in collaboration with HanSam Son, HyeRyeon Jang, YoungDae Im, ChanEung Park, YongJa Park, SoYean Goak, YoonJi Lee, Eunsun Kim, Soyoung Hyun, Palash Bhattacharjee, Marc Vincent Cosico, Jim Allen Abel, Ian-John Hutchinson, Ibai Hernandorena, Gabriele Horndasch, and Dorota Podlaska.
Reviving a vacant store inside a traditional marketplace, this restaurant operated without menu and money. Guests needed to bring ingredients (sourced nearby) and openness to join the revolving conversation on food origin, meal planning and task sharing. This generated a synergies among shopkeepers, neighbours, and guests over three months. The light-filled space was dominated by one square table for opening up ingredients, ideas, and improvisation. The interior wall mapped out a food guide of the marketplace, and the mobile pizza oven was conducive to Korean BBQ.