Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Incorporating Food

Today in History of Art & Social Practice we continued our dialogue via a mock trial, deciding who fit (or didn't) into the canon based on presented 'evidence' by students.
Lief Hedendal came up as he was a presenter at Open Engagement. He makes locally-sourced meals as his practice. He reaches out to local farmers and creates relationships. He claims it.
The majority of the class voted him out of the canon. I was a little bit shocked. He who practices the social, but reflects real life. What's the problem?
Would Jaime Oliver fit into the canon? He by no means claims to be an artist, let alone a socially engaged one, yet he practices socially engaged food activism better than anyone I know. Can we adopt him?
Just thinking..
So Nicole Penoncello and I are launching Your Garden Cookbook, which will offer custom cookbook-making services for Portland gardens. Does this cut the bill?

Will Rirkrit Tiravanija always be the base of our paradigm?


  1. I would say Allison Knowles might actually be the "base of our paradigm"—Fluxus artist who made soup in a gallery and gave it out at about 30 years before Rirkrit made Pad Thai in the Paula Allen project space. I just brought him up because he is a more popular example.

    Below are two of her event scores, Make a Salad and Make a Soup

    #2 Proposition (1962)
    Make a salad.
    Premired October 21st, 1962 at Institute for Contemporary Arts in London.

    #2a Variation #1 on Proposition (1964)
    Make a soup.
    Premired Nov 9th, 64 at Cafe au Go Go in NY.

  2. Thanks Jen, I will check her out.

  3. Chef Boyardee? He's local isn't he?

    Lexa, we were just majorly cheered by your dial-a-cheer at The trophy Room. Yeah!

    Thanks for that.

    xAd M