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Eating art and the art of eating: unsettling the practices of taste

Colebrooke, Laura ORCID: and Miele, Mara ORCID: 2017. Eating art and the art of eating: unsettling the practices of taste. Performance Research 22 (7) , pp. 102-108. 10.1080/13528165.2017.1353203

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This paper draws on an experimental performance in which ideas of what food is were unsettled. FOOD|sustainable|DESIGN was a performance held in Milan in October 2015. Orchestrated and performed by honey and bunny, performance artists from Vienna, the unusual meal was attended by scientists, artists, policy makers and the public. Here food itself became art as we encountered familiar foods in unusual ways. Analysed using ideas of taste - as a performative practice which turns materials into food -- FOOD|sustainable|DESIGN can be understood as a chance to disrupt and make visible the industrialised processes that enable our every-day food practices. As an activity, tasting goes beyond the palate and the plate, involving our bodies including guts, fingers, tongues and brains. By working with and against these routine embodied practices, honey and bunny made us aware of issues around sustainability, not through only words and ideas but through tastes. Consequently, through the unsettling of the material practices in the performance, our embodied, reflexive engagement with food might be seen to offer space to speculate on how food might otherwise be.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1352-8165
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 February 2017
Date of Acceptance: 8 December 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 00:06

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