Dough Rising on Resting Bodies



Can dough communicate with your cells as it rises on your skin? How does that feel?




What changes occur in your experience or in the relations between you and other things, as you taste different kinds of bread that have risen on different persons?







1.Reflect on the questions above for a while to feel how they resonate with you. Play with these guidelines in ways that are interesting for you in this context.


2.Collect a piece of dough, enough for a small bread roll.


3.Take a blanket if you want. Choose a place in the room and an asymmetrical resting position that interests you in a sensorial way. If you become uncomfortable in that position, change it.


4. Place your dough in any shape on any part of your skin. Perhaps choose a place that call for attention.


5. Rest with your dough and allow it to rise for roughly 30 minutes. Perhaps you can experience it as it rises? Use a timer, or ask for someone to time it.


6. Bake your bread in the oven for about 7-13 minutes. Be attentive that your bread doesn´t burn. If you want, you can check with a spoon that your bread roll is ready by knocking on it on both sides and hearing a hollow sound.


7. Bring your bread roll to the eating table where you taste and share your own bread. Taste other people’s breads (if you can). You may also draw/write (on the table cloth) and converse around your experiences or around anything else that comes up, becomes or grows out of this encounter. Stay in it for a while and see if something arises.


8. Exit.



Images above by Jelena Rundqvist, Marianne Skjeldal and Ina Dokmo

Dough Rising on Resting Bodies was first made in 4bid Gallery in Amsterdam in 2014, and remade in 2017 at DOCH in Stockholm as part of the Confluence organised by the current New Performative Practices Master students.

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