A creative relationship between multiple people that goes beyond a single outcome.
As today’s relationships, romantic and otherwise, are changing with the increased
visibility and information access through social media platforms, so too are collaborations.
This project proposes a rethinking of the term collaboration as a “creative relationship”.
Viewing a collaboration as a creative relationship means consent, appreciation, curiosity
and dialogue can be shared under a new light.
The story behind this cake stand is a short but connected one. One of the first people
I wrote to at the start of this process was the designer and curator Matylda Krzykowski.
I had been her intern the previous year and trust her when it comes to match-making in
the design world. To my surprise she herself said “yes” to my proposal and offered to
make me a one-off cake stand from her new home in Chicago. She also suggested Anne
Dessing, an architect from Amsterdam, who later turned out to be her flatmate. I loved
the idea of having an architect join the team to get a new perspective on scale and also
the idea of a “blind date”. Anne and Matylda ended up making two stands together trig-
gered by their first impressions of Chicago, specifically the Hispanic area where they lived
together. The two pieces are “intended assemblages”, made in the local modus operandi:
taking existing structures and familiar ornaments and combining them for festive moments.
My cake for the stand reflects this through many layers of meringue, sandwiched between
layers of alternating purple and green soft cream cheese frosting, matching the colours of
the celebratory ribbons on the stand. I then passed on the image of the cake and stand, along
with the story above, to the secondary designer Marisa Miller, who devised and scripted a
performative social practice, which I then organised, directed and filmed in Berlin.
“My response was to the cake stand’s physicality. I’ve been mining the relationship between
a cake server and a receiver who gets cake pressed in their face, based on an interest in
illuminating the desire for cruelty (and the fetishization of weakness). Because of the stand’s
delicacy, its flimsy foil base balanced on an ad-hoc open assemblage, the action and dynamic
had to become more delicate to match the situation.” – Marisa Miller
Film Direction & Editing