Performative dinner exploring man-made ecological disasters, capitalism, and the involvement of art and technology
> Pickles and HONEY dinner is an homage to clandestine gatherings, to Dada happenings and to movies, which take absurd actions to their logical, but extreme end—from the Angel Exterminador to Babbette’s Feast. As in Buñuel’s movie (or in a short Cortazar story) we are unable to leave.
At the dinner table guests performed an exquisite corpse reading: A paragraph from a chosen text, the next guest intersecting with a paragraph from another text, and so on— taking turns, going back and around the table. The texts were woven togetherwhile eating and discussing.
We invited fabulous guests Marina Zurkow, Tali Hinkis (LoVid), Marco Castro Cosio, Greg Lindquist, Abigail Simon, Matthew Gantt and + + +. Each of us read from a text that deals with the issues at hand (their own or someone else’s) and read a paragraph, or few sentences at a time, then, using the interventions by others, continued as we found fit—either reading again or responding to others.
In the meanwhile a 6-course dinner was served. With Forkplugs made by Eva Davidova and an immersive environment, dinner guests enjoyed a variety of food that deals with extinction in a setting that is meant to reflect on a possible future for humans, animals, and earth.
Photo by Marco Castro Cossio
1. Pickles* + Honey served on two handle-less spoons joined together. Accompanied by Rakia
*Cornichons and pickled pink ginger
2. Wild black rice + strawberries
3. Slice of Avocado + tiny dry fish
4. Raw white mushrooms over Petroleum (ground coffee with walnuts and maple syrup) served over a handheld mirror
5. Ice with, and without seeds
6. (and to end on a good note) Seaweed + chocolate served over electronic boards
o A revolving chair was available for the audience, who joined the conversation and shared their reflections.