By Ariel Orah and Michele Lai from Soydivision Kollektiv

Vol03 Lecture performance at Art Lab Berlin Gallery. Video by Tuçe Erel.


Tracing the historical, migratory pathways undertaken by plants that run parallel to that of humans, we propose an ode to ingredient, a staple to be found in most of our food cultures. We introduce a set of participatory - research workshops that explore the spectre of histories and imaginations that the ingredient, as one of desire, and of delight. These will be conducted in the vicinity of the neighbourhood.

Our workshops reflect the trajectory of the plant as an archive of relations between plant and human communities, but also articulations of the fantastical interactions between them.

The workshops invite neighbours: human and non-human collaborators in an exchange of stories, though communal ingredient making activities. The collective exchanges will see us learning, foraging and fermenting together, resulting in a collection of ingredients that reflect the diversity of our plant and human counterparts, within the vicinity itself.



In cooperation with Lalove Kitchen Project Space community program “Nachbarnschatz” and Sari-Sari e.V.
FOCUS INGREDIENT : “Rice, the collective rice wine-fermenting and storytelling”


In cooperation with Wir Wir Project Space community program “Wir bau en ein neue stadt”

Vol #02 picks up from our last workshop as we continue tracing by way of sonic and fermentation pathways, the origins of Arak made in pre-colonial Indonesia, to huangjiu traditions by the Chinese diaspora in Singapore and Indonesia. There will be samplings of sonic contours by @ravenative and glutinous rice wine from Vol #01 for all.



Incooperation with Art Laboratory Berlin, part of “Panke Intervention”, supported by Bezirk Kulturfonds Mite.

In the Bahasa language kentang means potatoes, while tanggung can define a plethora of words: to hold responsibility, to bear, to assure, to be half-hearted, to be awkward and to guarantee. Tracing the historical, migratory pathways undertaken by the spud, we propose an ode to the potato, this  participatory research workshop explores the spectre of histories and imaginations that the potato, as a seed of desire and delight contains.

In the first part of the workshop (“Planting”) we gathered to plant potatoes and reflect about the myths of potatoes, its stories, folklores and rhymes, as well as share anecdotes about the potato. In the second part (“Observing”) we  explore the potato from a microscopic point of view and also discuss toxicities and neutralising potatoes. And in the third part (“Showing”) the workshop invites the participants to enjoy a potato cooking session, which continues with a performance lecture and eating session afterwards.


Vol 3 photos and artwork by Ariel Orah

Vol 02, Photo courtesery of Wir Wir