Dinner

Collaboration with Hoda Adra (CA), Raed Mousa (CA), Harry Smoak (USA)
2006, Concordia University, Montréal (CA)

(en) Dinner was a series of sensory experiences exploring private spaces and its changing characteristics, concentrating on the social gestures around a dinner table. The artists invited strangers to share a “ritual” – the act of eating. This project was an investigation into the participants’ eating habits and their associations within specific eating contexts. Through culinary experimentation with taste, texture and color Dinner explores the culturally dependent meaning of food. The artists were interested how the food and context would influence the collective interaction around the table.

(fr) Dinner était une serie de repas éphémères jumelés à l’espace et ses changements se concentrant sur des gestes sociaux autour d’un repas à table. Le but était d’inviter des étrangers pour partager un rituel – l’acte de manger – avec nous. En jouant avec la signification culturelle que porte la nourriture, ainsi qu’avec la texture et la couleur, les invités ont participé à une expérience savoureuse qui influencait les interactions collectives autour de la table.

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Intervention view, TV dinner, private kitchen, Montréal, Canada, November 2006

Intervention view, All vegetable dinner, private kitchen, Montréal, Canada, November 2006

Intervention view, Ethiopian dinner, private kitchen, Montréal, Canada, December 2006

Excerpts from video documentation, Montréal, Canada, December 2006

A big thank you to all the participants!

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