On the occasion of the Berlin neighbourhood art festival 24hours Neukölln Raki Prinzip was founded in 2016 and took place for the first time to counter right-wing German and Turkish „Stammtisch“-meetups by fusing some of their elements: The dinner creates a space for public discourse with the aim to bring political discussions from the online social media sphere to real-world face-to-face interaction.
This format also enabled us to leave behind the classic dualistic format of panel discussions, in which the experts are sitting exposed on stage and ‚the audience‘ separately in the dark, listening.
We wanted to bring everyone together at a table to enhance open conversations and discussions, dazzling playfully between the private and the public spheres. We use the table as a symbol as it signifies the principle of one central gathering point which is the foundation of various dinner cultures. Surely, there are many different forms of drinking and eating without a table. Still, we use the table as our starting point for critically engaging with (western) societies.
We talked in 5 sessions about different aspects of Emotion. Love, Hate, Fear, Anger and in the last one, Eating Emotions, we summarised and rethought the main arguments of our discussions. Each night, we invited three speakers (academics, journalists, activists and artists) that gave insightful inputs in the form of reading, talking sitting right to the other guests on the same table, they might just have shared the same plate of meze. Raki Prinzip is thus an experiment in discoursive knowledge production.
The Intersection Sessions are our new series that resulted out of the prior dinner nights of Raki Prinzip. Find out more about it here.