cooking leftovers, our philosophy

‘Cooking with what is there’ translated as an experience for a group of people in Ubud, Bali. 2016. Video made by Andre Hostalacio

the performance of cooking and migration

Nowhere Kitchen is an art of performance based on ‘cooking with what is there’. It began as a research project initiated and developed by Pepe Dayaw (Joseph Patricio) since 2012. It is based on the philosophies of leftovers or the improvised way of making something happen with what is there. Through the creative use of leftovers, a contemporary and organic theatre based on cooking animates any specific local situation, giving it a global twist. It is inspired by vocabularies of experience of migrant bodies and their embodied knowledge of intuitive fusion and survival. The inspiration, methodology and style of Nowhere Kitchen is derived from Dayaw’s synthesis and translation of the Filipino experience and ingenuity whose very concept and migrating identity came out of the people’s creative use of leftovers throughout many layers of colonisations that they experienced.

Scientists, artists, activitists and programmers chopping ingredients. Roter Salon at Volksbuehne Berlin, 2016. Event organized by Berliner Gazetter Redaktion. Photo: Andi Weiland


Pepe Dayaw in a private house in Lavapies, Madrid. 2012. Photo: Bruno Granja

In 2012, Pepe Dayaw or legally Joseph Patricio, out of his own need for survival and adaptation into a new country, initiated a personal practice in Madrid where he made leftover dinners in private houses. Numerous meals and feasts were created out of what was found in people’s fridges and the gathering of leftovers. Through word of mouth, the leftover dinners serendipitously ended up traveling to four continents and evolved in each iteration into a fluid form of social theatre; a unique way of hospitality and service that can migrate and collaborate with any given place, stage or context.

‘cooking with what is there’ interview with Pepe Dayaw

An interview with Pepe Dayaw while doing Nowhere Kitchen on an artist residency ‘Dreck’ at Ufertudios, Berlin. 2015. Video by Jutta Damer

migrant itineraries of a DIY and word of mouth project

Nowhere Kitchen has traveled to the following cities and places…

Madrid. Valencia. Asturias. Brussels. Berlin. Mostoles. Bilbao. Rio de Janeiro. Sao Paulo. Munich. Stockholm. Oxford. London. Belgrade. Antwerp. Bern. Tallinn. Gerswalde. Piedmonte. Firenze. Le Marche. Salvador da Bahia. Ilha da Boipeba. Bali. Singapore. Kuala Lumpur. Paris. Tallinn. Karlsruhe. Zurich. Mecklenburg-Vorpommen. Brandenburg. Frankfurt. Vevey. Winnipeg. Hamburg. Amsterdam. Geneva. Larnaca. Ile du Levant. Budapest. Potsdam. Manila;

Leftover Lunch Flyer at Oxford Symposium of Food and Cookery. 2014. Flyer Design by Jake Wilson

Pepe Dayaw and Nowhere Kitchen has performed leftover cooking in the following artistic spaces, cultural venues and festivals…

Living Room Festival (Madrid). La Xata La Rifa Festival (Asturias). Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo. Month of Performance Art-Berlin. La Cosa en Casa Festival (Bilbao). Spielart Festival (Munich). Kanuti Saal (Tallinn). Phosphorus (Sao Paulo). Oxford Symposium of Food and Cookery. Markthalle Neun (Berlin). Agora Collective (Berlin). Entretempo Gallery (Berlin). B-Tour / Belgrade Theatre Festival. Royal Technical University (Stockholm). Karslruhe Insitute of Technology. Glogauer Air (Berlin). Bone Performance Art Festival (Bern). Hochschule für Tanz-Uferstudios (Berlin). Kunstraum Bethanien (Berlin). Espacio B (Madrid). Tallinn Art Hall. Volksbühne (Berlin). Parc de la Villette (Paris). Toni Areal (Zurich). Green Papaya Art Projects (Manila). Rumah Sanur (Bali). Non Gallery (Berlin). Sophiensaele (Berlin). Kunsthaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt). Notafe Festival (Viljandi). Teatro Pradillo (Madrid). Forthwith Festival (Winnipeg). Centro de Cultura Conde Duque (Madrid). Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (Berlin). Floating University (Berlin).

The Kitchen On-Stage. Volksbühne Roter Salon, Berlin. 2015. Photo: Andi Weiland

Pepe Dayaw has given Nowhere Kitchen lectures, seminars and workshops for students and enthusiasts of and organized by:

Slow Food University (Bra / Berlin). Ted X Talks at Jacob University (Bremen). Faculty of Theatre, University of Amsterdam. Weisensee School of Art and Design (Berlin). Kraak Voer, De Studio (Antwerp). Studio Fanelsa (Berlin / Oranienburg). Bard University (Berlin). Philippine Embassy (Berlin). University of Arts, Faculty of Architecture (Berlin)

The Nowhere Kitchen was developed thanks to supported residencies and DIY temporal space projects in:

Panorama Festival (Rio de Janeiro). Nowhere Kitchen Project Space at Wipperstrasse 12 (Berlin). Agora Collective (Berlin). Lanchonete Project (Sao Paulo). Villa Tereze House Foundation (Le Marche). Forth Projects (Winnipeg). Sari-Sari Project Space at Lichtenrader Strasse 49 (Berlin). Fabrik: International Theater for Dance (Potsdam)


Pepe Dayaw cooking people’s leftovers at the Spielart Festival; featured in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich. 2013

Süddeutsche Zeitung, November 2013
Andrew & Caitlin Webb-Ellis, May 2013
Ceecee Berlin, January 2014
Nomy Blog, May 2015
Berlin Loves You, June 2015
Das Marktschwärmer, October 2015
Berner Zeitung, December 2015
Elephant Journal, December 2015
Bossa FM, April 2016
Genuss Hannover, 2016
Freunde von Freunden, July 2016
Semi-domesticated, July 2016
die Tageszeitung, August 2016
Heritage Radio Network, August 2016
Muxmaeuschenwild Magazin, November 2016
Editorial Concreta, December 2016
Realce Tropical Baiana, December 2016
O Globo, February 2017
Frankfurt Tipp, April 2017
La Liberté, November 2017
24 Heures Lausanne, November 2017
Hotellerie Gastronomie Zeitung, November 2017
Winnipeg Free Press, February 2018

A Nowhere Kitchen workshop / performance at the Royal Technical University, Stockholm, appearing in an Architecture Magazine 2015

Nowhere Kitchen wishes to thank those who have made it a work of ‘Bayanihan’

Bayanihan is a term in the Tagalog language that refers to the organic way of how Filipinos help each other in times of need. For example, when a typhoon sweeps houses away, neighbors would help each other rebuild. Each Nowhere Kitchen experience somehow became an organic piece of bayanihan, where inspired people helped in animating and feeding the context. Special shout out to those who not only helped but somehow became part of the transient Nowhere Kitchen fellowship. Beyond and through their temporary Nowhere Kitchen experiences, some of them have gone to develop their own cooking careers and have started their own artistic enterprises.

From left: Danilo Timm, Denis Altschul, Luter Filho, Mari Sierra, Renata Saboya, Kotoe Karasawa cooking with Pepe Dayaw, 2015. Photo: Andi Weiland
Pepe Dayaw with Marie Capesius, Alex Shure, Ayumi Saito feeding a context at the Month of Performance-Art-Berlin, 2014. Photo: Ilya Noe
From left: Selvaggia Peroni, Bruno Granja, Monica Cofino, Coral Paniagua cooking with Pepe Dayaw at the Centro de Art Dos de Mayo, Mostoles. 2012. Photo: CA2M

Acknowledgements to those who have helped, inspired and gave the opportunity for Nowhere Kitchen.

Photo: Joseph Patricio

The students and teachers of Master en Practicas Escenicas y Cultura Visual in Madrid 2011 / Lalo Gomes / Laura Pacheco/ Chris Micta / Gueraldine Guerrero / Lilith Albornoz Munoz / Lilian Pineda / Estitxu Arroyo / Mery Dorp / Monica Cofino and friends from La Xata La Rifa / Juan Domiguez, Cuqui and Maria Jerez & Living Room Festival / Jaime Vallaure and Family / Rafael Lamata / Oscar Cornago / Alicia Rios / Diana Delgado Urena / Espacio B – Madrid / Spielart Festival / La Cosa en Casa – Bilbao / Annelore Smits / Sara Brkic / B-Tour Festival / Kadri Noormets / Francesca Romana Ciardi / Month of Performance Art-Berlin / Lian Kian Lek / Berliner Gazette Redaktion / Forthwith Festival & the Forth Projects / Paul & Jen Nikkel / Todd Lester & Lanchonete.Org / Casa Almarela Sao Paulo / Caique Tizzi, Marcela Donato, Taina Moreno & the Agora Collective / Sun Mee Martin / Morgan Sully / Glenda Sino-Cruz / Maricarmen Sierra / Ursula Heinzelmann & the Oxford Symposium of Food and Cookery / Elisabeth Luard / Dovrat Meron / Teena Länge & Grüntaler 9 / Camila Graff Junior / Dirk Bell / Bernd Fraunholz / Lola Randl / Rumi Kobukawa / Bone Performance Festival-Bern / Green Papaya Art Projects / Festival Panorama – Rio de Janeiro / Renate Auzina & the House Foundation Le Marche / Trial & Error – Berlin / Uferstudios / Social Muscle Club / Kati Röttger / Viljandi Festival / Fredierike & Dieu Hao and the Abitz Family / Catarina Saraiva / Guerilla Architects / Entretempo Kitchen Gallery / Casa Almarela-Sao Paulo / Zarah Boreas / Comuna-Rio de Janeiro / Rita Couto / Rumah Sanur Creative Hub – Bali / Markthalle Neun / Kathrin Kuna / Philippine Embassy – Berlin / Jan Dubsky and Stiftung Freizeit / Max Geuer / Patrick Flores / Wen Lee / meLê Yamomo / Floating University Berlin / Fabrik International Center for Contemporary Dance – Potsdam / Nord Deutsche Junge Philharomnie / Passiflora Live / Drumherum

The temporary project space Sari-Sari in Neukoelln, Berlin, which became the homebase for Nowhere Kitchen and Pepe Dayaw, 2017-2022. Photo: meLe yamomo
One of the first dinners in Madrid, 2012. Photo: Bruno Granja

Thank you. Vielen Dank. Muchisimas Gracias. Maraming salamat po.