Story for Food

Project Overview

The initiative STORY FOR FOOD has a multiple mission:

  • to create a space where stories are treated as a new kind of currency,
  • to build a story library of previously undocumented stories: personal or fictitious,
  • to become the platform that permits stories to travel from someone’s memory or imagination to someone’s else reflection or creation and eventually,
  • to value stories in society by encouraging the practise of sharing them and foster the culture of listening to them.

CV Outline

My name is Christina Kyriazidi and I am an actress and playwright based in Berlin and originally from Greece. I am passionate about stories and how sharing them can contribute to personal and social health. My dream is to create a space where stories are treated as a new kind of currency.

The Proposal

STORIES AS A NEW CURRENCY

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ― Philip Pullman

STORY FOR FOOD will be a cafe shop in Berlin where you can trade your story for food and drinks. The stories will be documented so the cafe shop will also become an archive for anyone interested in accessing the stories for educational and research purposes or artistic inspiration. It will include a cafe space, a recording studio for sharing stories and an archive room (story library) for listening to stories. Storytelling and listening workshops will be organised, as well as “FOODBACK”, “ARTBACK” and “MUSICBACK” events where some stories are translated into specific food, object or melody. In this way, STORY FOR FOOD will become the platform that permits stories to travel from someone’s memory or imagination to someone’s else reflection or creation. Finally, it will focus partly on stories of particular groups (Alzheimer, blind, homeless, refugee, children, old people etc) in an attempt to foster healing, integration and inclusiveness.

It aspires to gather undocumented stories: personal or fictitious. Its’ mission is to value stories in society by encouraging the practise of sharing them and foster the culture of listening to them.

The initiative STORY FOR FOOD has a triple benefit: empowerment, inspiration and the potential for an alternative economy.

First, the act of sharing empowers the person who offers the story and enables him/her to (re)connect with it, and experience emotional relief.

Second, encountering stories from diverse experiences or cultural traditions is inspiring for those engaged in any kind of artistic creation, while it may become useful material for research.

Third, this concept offers a model for an alternative economy: trading the intangible for the tangible. It hopes to expand to similar initiatives in the future and in different parts of the world, e.g. STORY FOR TAXI, STORY FOR LAUNDRY etc

We are interested in the stories only YOU can tell, the unheard voices. We want to find out about the quality of our listening and see if it is possible to develop our listening skills. We want to know what happens both to the teller and the listener when they share a story and how someone’s memory can be translated into food, object or melody. We wonder why we are eager to share personal stories with strangers, if time affects the quality of a story and how someone’s story can be used creatively. We would like to find out what makes a good archive and what kind of stories artists, writers, researchers are missing. How do our stories travel through others’ bodies, inspire new creations, or provide the ground for new emotional experiences? Imagine if the waiting room of a hospital or a train station could be filled with stories or if lonely people could hear the voices of others in headphones attached to benches in the park. Eventually, we aspire to create both a virtual and a physical community, and bring people together through their individual stories.

Wealth is associated with money. Let’s challenge that! Let’s associate wealth with stories. Let’s trade our stories!

What would the world look like if we introduced a parallel intangible currency?

Is it possible to trade story for food?

Links

E-Mail Story for Food Facebook

Copyright Citizen Artist Incubator 2016