Nevertheless I want to get them involved in the future. I notice that a group of people who do not know each other in advance still come into contact with each other. Although I do wonder what it actually is – the dinner – a ritual or a performance? Don’t know. It is pleasant, even if I sometimes present them with difficult flavours. The order is therefore very important, the chicory and mushrooms are the most fermented, so you eat them in the middle of the meal. Of course there is also talk of big things. If I have to choose between Anthropocene and Symbiocene then I hope for the latter, we have come this far so we can still work it out together.
Texts and sources that I use play a role in the conversation, such as those of Richard Sennet. It is very fundamental how he Special Database looks at it, Consuming, being together, preparing? But I want to keep it small because the big is interesting and at the same time not. Activism is political to me, I don’t have to propagate that in my work. Making people aware of what food does, what taste is, that people start to think and act differently is what matters to me. The power of action is in 30 people who ate together last month.” Step 4: Make it communicable Each dinner is captured with a photo at the end.
The moment when the trigger – the food – is in the people and the experience is displayed. What is different this time is that the film camera is now also part of the dinner and is passed on to the participants. Some of them zoom in on the food, others make their own choices to capture it, all in one take. “The presentation is the reflection on the work process and shows what is interesting to show. I don’t know if all the stories are that important to tell. I’m not there in the gallery either, so the registration can take over. Now I’m editing this one, not too much, more of the unnecessary stuff.