Recreation #1: The Kitchen and the Living Room: Rebecca May Johnson (Small Fires) and Sam Johnson-Schlee (Living Rooms) discuss writing, thinking, and the role of the domestic space

30 June 2023
07:00 PM

Rebecca May Johnson is a writer and is author of Small Fires: An Epic in the Kitchen, a mixture of memoir, theory and experimental writing that asks whether cooking can be understood as a form of thought. Published in 2022 by Pushkin Press, the book was widely and favourably reviewed in the UK Press, shortlisted for Foyles Nonfiction Book of the Year and will be published in the US this June. Rebecca also works as an editor at Vittles, a food writing publication based in the UK. 

Sam Johnson-Schlee is an academic and writer, concerned with the politics and culture of everyday life. His book, Living Rooms,  asks us to consider how the way we arrange our sofas, picture frames, and pot plants, might reveal a dream of a better world? The book asks: what would it mean to reject the house as a commodity, and embrace the idea of a truly living room?

This event is part of a.p.'s Summer Season, which comprises of talks, readings, and performances concerned with recreation: a term that refers both to ‘leisure activities’ (think cookery, interiors, music, fashion, and dance to name but a few) and their reproduction (which is also their subversion) within different visual and literary contexts. As always, the programme features a mix of emerging and established practitioners from Berlin and beyond. 

Like all our events, it is free to attend, but booking is recommended via our eventbrite.