A resolve to limit physical pleasures that leads to both introspection and self-exposure. A discipline exercise on diet, work, and documentation.
Sonification. Big data brought to the tangible, mundane reality via tableware. Always faster, more connected.
Food as gender signifier. A reconfiguration of visual lexicons, stereotypes and codified behaviours. One-day long installations, from noon, and one-time performance - at 6pm. One-hell-of-a-drink.
Curated by Isabel Blanco-Fernández and Linda Rocco.
"This project brings the unreachable, abstract world of big data to the tangible, mundane reality. It conveys the occurrence of different common food-related keywords and hashtags used in social media through sound, raising the audience’s awareness about the vast amount of information that we are constantly uploading to the internet, where food-related pictures have become almost a cliché of how we waste its potential. This work questions the motivations behind the paradigm of technological utopianism that we live in, consequence of a relentless, self-sufficient, informational capitalism. Always faster, more connected." Federico Guardabrazo
"With ‘Knaves of Radiance (Food Edition)’ I attempt to reconfigure visual lexicons, stereotypes and codified behaviour through the creation of hybrids.
Four knaves of radiance (jacks of an imaginary deck of cards) will populate the gallery space. The figures (performers) will be wearing costumized garments and perform a series of actions sourced from male stereotyphical behaviours and visual vocabulary.
The presence of food, as gender signifier, will parasitically inform and interfere with the performative work." Luca Bosani
Images from The Lent _materialised, by Nataliya Chernakova.
"My food, myself, my artwork. Unavoidably fused. Rigorously archived.
Nataliya Chernakova’s resolve to limit physical pleasures and follow a vegan diet together with a substitution of entertainment for hard work during seven weeks led her into an empiric process that aimed both introspection and self-exposure, through a challenging discipline exercise on diet, art production and documentation.
The archival turn – from archives as sources to archives as artworks –, dematerialisation of art by research-based practices, a dietary-aware society where the food experience is fetishized, and the new range of documentary typologies within the big data era, these are all shards of mirror that reflect the kaleidoscopic context where The Lent was conceived.
Food makes us who we are. Literally. Every cell in our organism will be replaced at the end of seven years. We may or may not pay attention to what we put in out mouths, but the condition of food as raw material that will eventually define our bodies cannot be denied. This curatorial proposal will attempt to portray the idea of food as definition and care of the self and the impact of – suddenly imposed – eating habits on the artistic process and personal appearance. Which are the short-term and long-term effects to be unleashed?" Isabel Blanco-Fernández