Café Allongé, Fall 2013 – Sign up for a performance with me!


Osmium, Tungsten, Dionaea, Lavandula
Intimate, site-specific, one-on-one performance
With Café Allongé by Spatula & Barcode for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s Wisconsin Triennial
September-December 2013
Madison, WI

Osmium, Tungsten, Dionaea, Lavandula is about repetition and resonance, wish fulfillment and spells, empathy and incantation.

“sweet and surreal, strange and lovely” – Lindsay Christians, The Capital Times

“peaceful and fulfilling” – Lanni Solochek, Isthmus

“cool and interesting and just a little weird” – J.J. Kilmer, owner of Indie Coffee

“warm, tender, thought-provoking, and fun” – Anjali Bhasin

Sign up for a performance here:







Maybe we are interrupted by a telephone call. Maybe we eat a delicious cake. Maybe we sing your favorite song together. Dandelion, titanium, copper, juniper. A secret note scrawled in violet ink on an iron gate. Lavender, honey, osmium, thyme.

As soon as you sign up, email Katrina the following information:
* A favorite song you know by heart

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3 responses to “Café Allongé, Fall 2013 – Sign up for a performance with me!

  1. Wow Katrina, this is such a great project! I’ve just learned about it from the Spatula & Barcode website, and now also from yours. Have you already participated in this? How did it go? I hope you’ll post some documentation / reflections on it. I really love the simplicity, intimacy, and demystifying quality of this work.

  2. Thanks, Vanessa! The project started in late September and is ongoing through January 2014. It has been a really lovely experience so far, and interesting to see the range of reactions from participants. I’ve posted a few links to articles above, and will update with documentation as the project unfolds…

  3. Hi Katrina, we were just talking about your project in our Hangout yesterday and I’m revisiting your posts. Again, it’s such an inspiring, thoughtful work, thank you!

    I’ve been thinking about your comment that the individual encounters are so labor intensive. In some ways this is a good thing. But it’s also limiting. I had a conversation with a friend a while back about the idea of “processing experience” and how much time that does, or ought to, take. And would it be possible to live in a way, or in a sort of “flow” where the processing and the experience were one in the same? So that it was a deeply appreciated experience, but that it didn’t carry the “burden” of all that extra “processing time.”

    Vis-a-vis our fast-food lifestyles we romanticize the idea of a “real” meal “made with love.” I’m told that my mother’s Latin@ mother used to make tortillas 6 mornings a week on a wood-burning stove. There’s something honest and deeply humbling about that, but she also didn’t have nearly the range of possibilities in her life that you and I have in ours. We can consider the gains and losses of technology endlessly, but one thing that I think technology really does come down to is Possibilities.

    Anyway, I like that your shared experiences have so much humanity poured into them. But I also like the idea of thinking about a way to create them that might be more contained within the experience itself. So that there’s less “homework.” Or that the Experience::Homework ratio can be higher.

    Whether you keep it the same or modify it, I’d love if you’d consider posting a “Recipe” for these works on our .Re/cipes site. It could be a very specific “recipe” or a loose, inspirational, process “recipe,” but however you’d want to do it, I think that our .Re/cipes project is an interesting collection that could prove to be quite fertile and inspirational.

    I also love your idea of creating a book of the artifacts from these encounters. I don’t have to say how glorious the tactile experience of a small, intimate, physical book could be, just as I’m sure you already know I’m probably going to turn this into some “Open Web” pitch.

    Physical books are amazing.

    “Digital Object” downloadable books that you can bring to your desktop and play with are amazing.

    And I have to confess that I’ve been entirely intoxicated by the tactile allure of amazing mobile apps, like, for example, Cornelia Funke’s “Mirror World” iPad app

    Still, I truly believe in open content on the open web. It’s the most accessible to the most people. You could do it right here on, it goes without saying that I’d gladly set up a “.Re/ad” to host your book, and you could also make a new “” site to host it. Tumblr also has some fairly tactile themes that you might like for your book.



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