Dinner Essay x The Gramounce
/london, uk/



 2017

DINNER ESSAY

A collaboration with supper club The Gramounce

In this work PACTO produced an edible essay in the format of a dinner. Working with The Gramounce to create PASS THE KNIFE, a diner essay discussing the works of Martha Rosler, Jørgen Leth, Carol Goodden and Gordon Matta-Clark, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Salvador Dali and Daniel Spoerri. These artists have produced works that question food; it’s preparation, presentation and consumption, how food is shared, ritualised, and performed. Through the format of a dinner, works by these artists were discussed, performed, re-enacted and consumed.

TASTING MENU
GORDON MATTA-CLARK - FOOD
Welcome cocktail - Rum, parsley
MARTHA ROSLER - SEMIOTICS OF THE KITCHEN
Violent salad
JØRGEN LETH - ANDY WARHOL EATING A HAMBURGER
Hamburger, foil
SALVADOR DALÍ - LES DINERS DE GALA
Piled up surreal elegance
DANIEL SPOERRI - EAT ART

Sweets
The process of eating, catching, making and sharing food is a performance that exists since the start of time. The act of consuming food is visceral, personal and intimate. The act of presenting food is a ritual; the preparation, the presentation, sharing, gifting, and serving. Artists leave nothing, as a collective body, the art world consumes everything around it and digests it into art. It would be impossible for art and food to stay apart, a fundamental part of our everyday experience deeply connected to our physical and psychological well-being. A snack, a drink, a packed lunch, a takeaway, dinner, a banquette, supper, afternoon tea, these moments provide an escape, a retreat, nostalgia, an experience. Eating as education, tasting as time travel, mastication as method, drinking as dissection, expanding our methods of learning and understanding through taste, texture, and smell.

The Gramounce (Formed in 2014) is a supper club to challenge the concept of the art gallery, question the relationship of artists and labour and successfully fund art projects. We 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.

http://www.thegramounce.com/