PIZZAG8 WAS AN EVENT SERIES ORGANIZED BY PCNC_BAY X BLUNT X SKENSVED
THAT RAN FROM 2017 – 2018 IN ATHENS, GREECE & SOFIA, BULGARIA
"It is impossible to escape the rampant popularity of pizza. From Claes Oldenburg’s “Pizza Palette” to Macaulay Culkin’s “Pizza Underground,” pizza is almost as big as the internet itself. The global pizza-eating average is 350 slices per second. The round shape flashes at us in the form of badly-made gifs, makes us salivate with hunger on Instagram and plays an important role in movies and TV shows. It frequently reveals its soft side in a cameo at a birthday party or joins us on the corner after the club in its most trashy sliced state. It is a fast food, a frozen food, a diet food and a culinary delicacy baked into one and a super meme of our time. Pizza is a cultural icon so deeply steeped in innovation and tradition that hardly anything can compete. Because pizza is so easily loved, shared and re-invented, it also serves as a widely-used metaphor and symbol, endlessly appropriated to uphold cultural norms. No wonder that pizza has become a philosophical and social mode, rather than simply a culinary treat. Today, it is a universal, omnipresent, truly globalized and networked concept – a cultural fact that provides an extraordinarily large canvas for cultural expression and manifold projections in both the digital and the non-digital. Pizza is so native to the Internet that it even became the protagonist of the first transactional website.
With the title PIZZAG8, the installation makes reference to the much-discussed online #pizzagate scandal, a “fake news” item that circulated on social media and shook the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Used as a vehicle for the show concept, it indirectly points towards the power of the internet meme."
– Text from THE PIZZA READER by Alain Bieber, Konstanze Schütze, and Ella Tetrault.
Collaborators included CYBERIAN, DJINN, EXAKANTHON, FLÖKOSH, HELLFUN, IINATTI, SSAALLIIVVAA, V3STA, VOIN DE VOIN, VVICKY & OTHERS.
From 02.2018 - 05.2018 the soft sculptures were exhibited in PIZZA IS GOD @ NRW FORUM in Düsseldorf. The text above is an excerpt from the catalogue that accompanied the exhibition.