THE ARTIST DINING ROOM: THE FUTURIST SUPPER
GUEST PROJECTS AND THE GRAMOUNCE
FRIDAY 18TH JANUARY 2019
"While recognising that great deeds have been performed in the past by men badly or crudely nourished, we affirm this truth: that we think, dream and act according to what we eat and drink."
~ Filippo Tommaso Marinetti ~
The futurist position presented a radical shift from tradition. Like all revolutions, it was created out of a retaliation with the past. To understand the intensity and vigorous nature of the movement’s works, The Gramounce will create a performative tasting menu as a response to the era’s ideas.
The Futurist Supper at Guest Projects will be a two-sided debate between tradition and exploration, rules and spontaneity. This will echo the futurist manifesto as a way of creating new ways of expression instead of adapting to heritage. The Gramounce will structure immersive performances embedded in the service around the menu, and the relationship between the guests, the waiters, the chefs.
STANDARD or VEGETARIAN
INDUSTRY CITY SMOKE
Chimneys, dry ice smells. Bread, flavoured olive oil, tallow candle
PASTA STOPS HERE
‘Pasta, he asserted, made people heavy in both body and spirit, turned them sour and pessimistic, and robbed them of the creative impulse.’
Pasta protest film. Vegetarian pasta, Sea aster, sea beats, celeriac spaghetti
AGE IS A BOURGEOIS CONSTRUCT
Youth youtube tutorial film piece
Face masks, beauty products, moisturiser, pumpkin, seeds
Speed, Palate cleanser, Vacuum packed food
IT ESCALATED QUICKLY
Violence, Salsa performance
Coriander, chili, lemon, slow cooked bbq cabbage, crispy onions, meat
‘We will glorify war —the world's only hygiene —militarism, patriotism, the destructive gesture of freedom-bringers, beautiful ideas worth dying for .’
Dessert served in stages marked by militar orchestra, Biscuit base, baked Alaska, torches, 12 raisins to eat to drums
Guest Collaborators: The Gramounce
The Gramounce is a supper club to challenge the concept of the art gallery, question the relationship of artists and labour and successfully fund art projects. They aim to establish the meal as a new display context where the audience is comfortable to be able to access contemporary art. The guest’s attention is choreographed to better engage with the work shown. They organise dinners where an artist is commissioned to exhibit under the idea of the supper as an exhibition. The Gramounce is run by artists Nora Silva and Finn Thomson.
Chef: Jake Norman of Sabor Restaurant.
The Artist Dining Room is located at artist Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects space in East London. The Artist Dining Room collaborates with London-based chefs to hold a series of unique and bespoke artist-led supper clubs, offering an alternative dining experience where creative minds can engage and immerse themselves in the life and works of an artist through food. Previous supper clubs have been inspired by artists and art movements, including Louise Bourgeois, David Lynch, Kurt Schwitters, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Richard Hamilton, Sophie Calle, Kara Walker, Nan Goldin, Francesca Woodman, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Derek Jarman, and Leonora Carrington.
Guest Projects is an initiative conceived by artist Yinka Shonibare MBE which offers the opportunity to practitioners, of any artistic discipline (dance, visual arts, music), to have access to a free project space. Alongside Regent’s Canal, Guest Projects provides an alternative universe and playground for artists. It is a laboratory of ideas and a testing ground for new thoughts and actions.