Peace of Cake, proposing a new statue for the women of Egypt to be built on Tahrir Square. Together with the fantastic team of Cakes Land Egypt, the design became reality and was presented (and eaten, obviously) at Hizz, Cairo on January 20!

Illustrations for the research book on the history of cake and the huh-method

2020 Trump cupcake, about to blow up Iran and its cultural heritage

Cake mixed and made in the White Desert of Egypt, on fire. Including star-shaped sprinkles.

Open call for workshop participants

One of the governmental model described by philospher Hannah Arendt, is ‘tyranny’. She wrote that all political theories on tyranny agree that it belongs strictly to the egalitarian forms of government. Hold on… that sounds like some fake news: tyranny means equality for all people? Huh? (polar) Bear with me: the tyrant is the ruler who rules as one against all. The “all” he oppresses are all equal: equally powerless. If you compare it to the authoritarian pyramid, it is as if all layers in between were destroyed. The top remains, supported only by suppression, hovering over a mass of carefully isolated, disintegrated, and completely equal individuals. Plato called the tyrant ‘a wolf in human shape’. 

Peace of Cake

(2020, work in progress) Cake gets in everywhere: there is cake when we are born and there is cake when we die. In between those two inevitable moments, many more cakes take the stage. Ministries, companies, NGO’s and celebrities all serve cake from time to time. So, if cake gets in everywhere, how can it help me to get me in everywhere?

Peace of cake is a research project in collaboration with the University of the Underground. It researches the historic, cultural and futuristic aspects of cake. By using action research and the typical ‘huh-method’, it turned cake into a metaphor on the subject of finances. This led to cake fashion, muffins explaining research papers, performances, workshops, a free food tour in Amsterdam and much more. 

The first ‘Peace of cake’ was made in collaboration with Cakes Land Cairo, Egypt. It celebrated the position of Egyptian women in a post-revolution society. Back in the Netherlands, I started to use the so-called ‘sugar coated power structures’ of the cake as a conversation tool regarding a topic the Dutch aren’t all too comfortable with: money, cash, business! What do you spend and earn on a monthly basis? What can an artist learn from a real estate expert and how do you prepare for a financial crisis? During workshops and pop-up street experiences, she invites people to decorate a cake based on their financial situation, to be shared and eaten by others afterwards. The cake might be devoured, but the new perspectives will stick to them in a way only fondant can.