As if time has stood resolutely still, Libken’s “Plattenbau” (a prefabricated apartment block, typical of East Germany) emerges as a modern monument to thought and creation against the bucolic landscape of the Uckermark. In 2014, Larissa Rosa Lackner, Theresa Pommerenke and Christoph Bartsch initiated their first artist residency here. This year (2018) sees the second round of a special scholarship for culinary arts, which, from July through September, gives recipients the chance to conduct research on the art of cooking while experimenting with regional products. Together with local producers, the artists-in-residence prepare delicacies for a series of al fresco dinners entitled “Lange Tafel”. These events are open to the public, and my experience of participating still evokes vivid memories: An abundance of vegetables had been preserved and prepared with love, sophistication and appreciation. The sweet smell of bread and sizzling meat filled the air; life suddenly seemed simple again. Smiling faces surrounded me, while the fields stretched to the horizon, and a deer frolicked in the still of the evening. (Text: Katrin Pauline Müller / Photos: Larissa Rosa Lackner, Libken e.V.)
Katrin Pauline Müller is an author and an artist. Communication, body language, senses and emotions make up her field of exploration. She has lived in Berlin since 2000 and currently calls Mitte home.