Café Babette

Book launch of Sonntag
accompanied by the durational performance 'Deviant Order’

4 pm - 7 pm

Sunday, 1. December 2019, 16 – 19h

A Recipe for Social Practice
April Gertler & Adrian Schiesser

With texts by Catherine Nichols and Ally Bisshop

192 pages
200 llustrations
200 x 270 mm
Design: Anja Lutz // Art Books
The Green Box, Berlin 2019
ISBN 978-3-96216-000-5
EUR 34,00

Sonntag is a nomadic project initiative founded by the artists, Adrian Schiesser and April Gertler in 2012 and takes place in different private Berlin apartments. Sonntag is a platform for Berlin-based artists to develop their artistic activities; a place to present works of art to a wider public in connection with the German tradition of getting together over coffee and cake on a Sunday afternoon.

Instead of relying solely on the exhibition of works of art as the sole format, Sonntag relies on the artist's favorite cake as a special starting point for discussions between artist and guests. The flavors of the cake are transmitters of memories and experiences of the artist, a taste of home in a foreign land, a taste associated with an important event in the life of the artist and often flavors that relate to the works. In keeping with the Proust phenomenon, flavors and smells as trigger stimuli can unleash involuntary memories and excitement, creating a subc­onscious connection between the guests and the artist, thus providing a basis for communication.

Private apartments in Berlin as a venue for Sonntag, complete the concept, as an ideal sphere for exchange. With each version of Sonntag, the artists respond to the interior design of the premises in an innovative and surprising way, which at times leads to a mixture of newly installed works of art in direct relationship to the objects in the apartment. Sonntag is thus continuing the tradition of Berlin, known as the city for its dynamic, free art scene with exhibition spaces in converted spaces, the capital of temporary use.

Sonntag in book format, highlights the work of 44 previous Sonntag artists. New work made especially for the book by each artist, in addition to their favorite cake recipe, will be the foundation of the Sonntagbook. The book will highlight a wide variety of nuances of the project, including closely examining Sonntag as a social sculpture which harnesses not only dialogue about art making in a private space, but takes a look at how food and the architecture of a home can contribute to a greater experience, simultaneously by the exhibiting artist and the viewer.

The Sonntag Book includes works by the following artists;

Alon Levin, Anna Steinert, Anne Duk Hee Lee, Anne Gathman, Astali/Peirce, Azar Pajuhandé, Christine Cheung, Aleks Slota, Franziska Furter, Hannah Dougherty, Heike Gallmeier, Heiner Franzen, Ignacio Uriarte, Inken Reinert, Ivan Seal, Jesper Dyrehauge, Joachim Schmid, Joe Neave, Johannes Albers, Julien Villaret, Kerstin Honeit, Laure Catugier, Elizabeth McTernan, Emmanuel Geisser, Maria Anwander, Mark Curran, Markus Zimmerman/Markus Born, Marte Kiessling, Matt Mullican, Miriam Steinhauser, Nadja Bournonville, Nika Radić, Oliver Walker, Pierre-Etienne Morelle, Sam Dowd, Sibylle Jazra, Simon Faithfull, Sinta Werner, Sonja Burbidge, Sophia New and Dan Belasco Rogers, Tilman Wendland, Uli Aigner, Vanessa Enriquez, and Viktoria Binschtok.

Book launch of Sonntag.
Book launch of Sonntag.
Book launch of Sonntag.