Chinabrenner’s Thomas Wrobel and Jo Zarth (designer and photographer) will be recreating a Chinese cookshop in Lambrate as a poetic-atmospheric set up. Chinabrenner is an ambulant cookshop, transferred from the alleys of Chengdu (Sichuan) into our world. It was conceived with the spirit of Chinese streetside food stalls and seeks to reveal its inner aesthetic moment and bring it out to the world. Chinabrenner thrives on authenticity that arises through the proximity with the act of cooking. It’s so much more than the mere preparation of food. Thomas Wrobel, born in 1968 in Zwenkau, near Leipzig, studied at the College of Applied Arts Schneeberg as well as the Sichuan University in Chengdu. He dove deeper and deeper into the Chinese everyday culture and has been putting on artistic cooking events under the name “Chinabrenner”. Jo Zarth, born in 1971 in Berlin, has been freelancing as a cross-media and consulting designer since 2001. He showed his miniaturised hot food stand models in a number of individual exhibitions. Currently, he is focussing on the phenomenon of the floor mop in the Chinese streetscape. They researched the topic of “the street as a kitchen” together in Chengdu, Chongqing and Beijing and in 2010, they built an entire street of cookshops covering an area of 350m² for the time of Leipzig’s design festival “Designers' Open”.


Thomas Wrobel and Jo Zarth