MANIFESTO OF CALCULATED NAIVETY
The history of all hitherto existing restaurants is the history of calculated naivety.
A specter is haunting Cookland—the specter of Postmaterialism!
Protestantism and need have been the ethical condition of capitalism and desire.
In our epoch, capitalism becomes the generator of a new distanciated purism as a mediated culture of excess; the ultimate conspiracy of sensualism as the relativist matrix of material bodies raised back to the status of the imperishable.
The unavoidable stake would be the following: 8 ought not to be dead to re-enter paradise lost†.
† Paradise lost: not because questions were raised, neither because lovers took consciousness of pleasure, but because 8 bodies started cooking games; the latter being the primal generator of knowledge. Their primary existence lies in the garden of nature as the book of the ubiquitous truth. Aporia leads 8 to the model of nature as knowledge; thus 8 open the register of desire driven and motivated by the economy of loss and non-satisfaction. In the post-materialist condition, here lies the sense of contemporary art; to postpone the tragic feeling of the loss of motivation, since, when anything goes, nothing happens anymore.
The Cook is a Curator. She is there to restaure the condition of naivety as a mediated relative experience of nature and purity. The Cook is God. The Cook is invisible. Food has always already been there. Food lies there to be found. Food as nature. The tragic as a cosmopolitan 50 euros event. 8 may not be naïve just because 8 want to. 8 eat not to survive neither. 8 need to buy a two hours ticket to a game of desire, nature and the sense of eternal return. 8 eat to recover the sense of historical circularity and to repress, for a while, the meaning of the materialist experience so far. Total seclusion allows for the abolishment of restrain. 8 wish to be there. 8 will never admit having been there. 8 are watching; a vision of synergy and shared guilt. This is the sheer and painless difference between eating naked and eating stripped.
Competition results will be presented at the homonymous exibition at the Benaki Museum and at a new publication by DOMES International Architecture Review.