Diskurs-Salon #4: Matters of Taste: Debating Contemporary Art and Aesthetic Experience @ Museum for Communication-Berlin

Discourse-Salon #4:
Matters of Taste: Debating Contemporary Art and Aesthetic Experience

in collaboration with meLê yamomo

Tuesday, 28 March 2023 // starting 6 pm // Museum of Communication Berlin, Kaffeehaus Dallmayr
Admission:  € 8, concessions € 4 at ticket desk – etickets plus € 1 booking fee etickets

The event is held in English.

6 pm
Guided tour ART as part of the special exhibition ARGUMENTS. An Approach

From 7 pm
Social Art Space with food, taste and sound performances by artists Ariel William Orah and Mo’ong Santoso Pribadi and discussion group with Eva Bentcheva (art historian) and Zoncy Heavenly (artist), t.b.c.
Host: Promona Sengupta, curator and art activist


Matters of Taste. What is beautiful? What is an eyesore? What is art? How does art produce aesthetic experiences?

To explore these questions, Philippine artist and researcher meLê yamomo is turning the Museum of Communication Berlin into a social art space, creating an open mix of sound laboratory, social kitchen and discussion space. The different stations offer food and taste performances by artist Ariel William Orah as well as experimental live music by composer and musician Mo’ong Santoso Pribadi played on trash instruments from recycled waste. The discussion group addresses the political issues behind the tricky question of taste in art. Who decides what is art? Is it the artists or institutions – or the audience? Art historian Eva Bentcheva and artist Zoncy Heavenly join forces to debate this much disputed topic. The discussions are moderated by art activist Promona Sengupta.

The series takes its inspiration from the four themed rooms – MONEY, LOVE, POWER, ART – in our current temporary exhibition ARGUMENTS. An Approach and discusses them in various formats.