f(c) 'food as catalyst'
PENINSULA f(c) #1 created a parasitic symbioses within an existing art project by providing a food-related experience that fostered interaction and communication between artists, curators and audience.
PENINSULA f(c) is an ephemeral geography
PENINSULA f(c) takes the form of an informal meal
PENINSULA f(c) sets food as catalyst for interaction
"The door is always open and the work never stops. For a whole week, a three-bedroom house located at the heart of London’s museum quarter will be inhabited by 10 international artists, living and working together. Having 24/7 access, the public can experience an environment wherein they can intimately immerse themselves in the liveness of the moments of making. No time limit, no closing time."
"Who could guess that there is a cosmopolite and never-sleeping bubble next to the Victoria and Albert museum? Barangay literally means ‘neighbourhood’ and ‘village’ in Filipino. Even though some people were wondering about its pronunciation, the concept works and it is embodied through the long-durational event. Indeed, like in a village, there is a sense of community, of sharing and gathering. Performances were mostly happening in the bedrooms. The kitchen, traditionally seen as a place for domestic actions, was the proper heart of the village where food, thanks to PENINSULA dinners curated by Isabel Blanco-Fernandez, became the essence of social interaction."
"It may sound cliché. But with having spent five hours straight in Barangay, sharing pillow-talks styled stories with Matthew Harrison Lord, walking throughout the sea of balloons made by Rhine Bernardino, eating Isabel Blanco-Fernandez’s food next to the personification of the snail performed by Erik Arazi… No one could question the fact that Barangay was indeed an extraordinary and stimulating experience. The digital aspect of the documentation made Barangay’s outputs available for everyone in every continent at any time. Live streaming a 24/7 performance project such a Barangay should have required a full commitment from the team on site in order to facilitate a free and flexible access to the performances. As far as I know, there are only a few institutions and art projects that could argue the same."
"You enter in a village with your own story, you meet people with their owns and you end up sharing more than you ever did with so-called strangers. So, what’s next? We need more things like Barangay."
Text by Félicie Kertudo [excerpts]