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When food becomes art...

art-and-culture Updated: Apr 20, 2012 00:09 IST

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Food becomes art, as the city indulges in installations by local and international artists, who address varied issues including politics and capitalism through their work.

“Food in conceptual art seeks to connect the visual with the cerebral and the visceral,” said Indonesian artist, Julian Abraham. His work, Karma Wine: Kapitan Biopunk, a multimedia installation on display, relates to the art and science of wine-making. A sculpture, resembling Abraham, responds to viewers’ repeated requests for wine over a microphone, on the basis of sonic waves. Once the sound connection is made, the figure lowers its head and pours wine as benediction from its mouth, into the devotee’s waiting cup.

Food as art"I have used the concept of a religious rite where the worshipper prays to the guru, expecting a good life and probably, a good after-life," he added .

Apart from Abraham, the art project on display includes young artists Ruchika Negi and Amit Mahanti’s new video installation — The Idea of The Biscuit, which features a biscuit advertisement and a man chewing on his food.

“Our installation is a political take on food. Fortified (double-baked) biscuits have found their way to markets as a commodity for trading in the new capitalistic world,” said Negi. Performance and installation artist Shweta Bhattad uses food to address issues of wastage. Her multi-media performance art, Three Course Meal and Dessert of Vomit, paints a portrait of gluttons drowning in their own vomit.

Italian artist, Alfonso Borrogain, has been engaging with street-food vendors in the Capital with his concept of fluorescent food —lighting it up with phosphorous or phosphorescent lamps. “I place surprise articles inside food items and give them to people across cultures,” said Borrogain, who is in India for an artist’s residency programme.

Catch them here
What: In Context: Public.Art.Ecology.Food Edition — 1
On till: April 22, Sunday
Timing: 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Khoj Studios, S-17, Khirki Extension
NEAREST METRO STATION: Saket on the Yellow Line