Our Philosophy

Field Kitchen Academy is a mobile experimental, interdisciplinary and educational approach that takes place in residency or parallel programme formats. It gathers artists and creative minds with experts around a 'kitchen table' through mind opening acts and actions. It aims at transcending the existing borders between research and practice, beyond forms and formats with innovative tools and experiences on wholistic knowing and thinking. Each edition of the Field Kitchen Academy is composed under a different concept that uses the residency as a lab for field research, discussion, experimentation, trial and fail, progression of knowledge, know how and creativity. It aims at stimulating new areas and formats of investigations that supports artistic practice and creative thinking in a lab format.

Apart from being a lab, at the Field Kitchen Academy, kitchen table is a symbol for overcoming the hierarchies of the art education world of the west. It stands out for a clear information and experience exchange platform where heated and open debates can take place. It is the endeavor of the project to create an equal eye level exchange between the residency artists, resident cook and the prominent experts. Here, the degree holding academicians are invited together with the experts from all fields of life to share their wisdom with the resident artists and creative minds. Each edition of Field Kitchen Academy provides a ‘simmering’ time for its residents, where they have the opportunity to work and reflect through the expert contacts they have encountered.

The locations of the Field Kitchen Academy are in the remote areas in nature or unique urban settings to forge the human psychology and enhance the creative and the educational qualities of the brain. The remoteness of locations help to disarm the masks and the thinking patterns we have created during usual schooling patterns and social formats. Dislocating the participants in unusual environments is crucial to alter their sight and perspective, as well as utilising the feeling of unity with other participants that is emerged from unusual circumstances. It is also crucial to be close to nature, as it is the very first place creation and creativity starts, the project also uses the supportive format of the nature to create more knowledge, more unique strategies of perception, inaugurate and unlock artistic potentials.