Just before Kunstavond XL, from 17h - 18h, Renzo Martens will lecture at V2_. During Kunstavond XL the Pop-up store is open from 18h - 21h.
The special pop-up store of the Institute for Human Activities, an initiative by Renzo Martens, sells a series of chocolate sculptures made by plantation workers, amongst whom are members of the Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantations Congolaises (CATPC).
The sculptures, all self-portraits of the workers, have been scanned and digitally exported to Europe. V2_ is a production partner in the project and worked with designer Joris van Tubergen to develop 3D printed versions of the sculptures from these scans. The 3D prints were used to create molds used by the award-winning Dutch Pastry Team to cast these self-portraits in the very cocoa that the members of the Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantations Congolaises (CATPC) have produced for global markets for the last century.
The chocolate was supplied by Barry Callebaut, the leading Franco - Belgian chocolate producer, but with added content: feelings, ideas, convictions. The sculptures will generate revenue for Congolese plantation workers through a more lucrative post-Fordist, affective economy. As these plantation workers cannot live off plantation labour, they will now live off artistic engagement with plantation labour.