THE ARTIST DINING ROOM: THE FUTURIST SUPPER

A collaboration with GUEST PROJECTS

18th January 2019


"While recognising that great deeds have been performed in the past by men badly or crudely nourished, we affirm this truth: that we think, dream and act according to what we eat and drink."

~ Filippo Tommaso Marinetti ~

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The futurist position presented a radical shift from tradition. Like all revolutions it was created out of a retaliation with the past. To understand the intensity and vigorous nature of the movement’s works, we will create a performative tasting menu as a response to the era’s ideas.

The Futurist Supper at Guest Projects will be a two sided debate between tradition and exploration, rules and spontaneity. This will echo the futurist manifesto as a way of creating new ways of expression instead of adapting to heritage. We will structure immersive performances embedded in the service around the menu, and the relationship between the guests, the waiters, the chefs.



Chef: Jake Norman of Sabor Restaurant.

The Artist Dining Room is located at artist Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects space in East London. The Artist Dining Room collaborates with London-based chefs to hold a series of unique and bespoke artist-led supper clubs, offering an alternative dining experience where creative minds can engage and immerse themselves in the life and works of an artist through food. Previous supper clubs have been inspired by artists and art movements, including Louise Bourgeois, David Lynch, Kurt Schwitters, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Richard Hamilton, Sophie Calle, Kara Walker, Nan Goldin, Francesca Woodman, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Derek Jarman, and Leonora Carrington.

Guest Projects is an initiative conceived by artist Yinka Shonibare MBE which offers the opportunity to practitioners, of any artistic discipline (dance, visual arts, music), to have access to a free project space. Alongside Regent’s Canal, Guest Projects provides an alternative universe and playground for artists. It is a laboratory of ideas and a testing ground for new thoughts and actions.

 

 HOT COLLAB WITH CAST EXPERIENCES !

CAST is an immersive jewellery making experience. They provide an unparalleled opportunity to design and create bespoke jewellery pieces. Fancy carving your own ring and having a full on dinner at the same time?

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THE RELUCTANT GOOD BYE

2nd & 3rd June

They melted like ice cream on hot cement, in milky puddles

The Gramounce co-founder Nora will be producing a chilling new body work for our next supper club, a Polar Exhibition of unseen paintings and ceramics and a unique dinner to fundraise for her performance in the Arctic Ocean. Nora plans to travel to the Arctic in October aboard the Arctic Circle residency – a Barquentine sailing vessel with a crew of international artists of all disciplines, scientists, architects, and educators. In her performance Nora will aim to address current political issues of climate change. Please join us at the table!

Featured artist: Nora Silva

All the artworks at the exhibition supper club will be for sale to fundraise for The Reluctant Good Bye*

 
 

PASS THE KNIFE

14th October 2017

How artists have butchered food!

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 wellbeing. 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.

An essay dinner by Demelza Watts

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SUMMER LOVIN'

15th & 16th July 2017

This tastes different to home.

6am start. Packed car. The overspill of mum's luggage under my feet. Mum's taking ages. Dad's angry. She's always late. Every time. I tell her a time and she just faffs around. Your sister's no better. Seacat to Calais. Dad's sandwiches. Dad's AMAZING sandwiches. Pastrami and mustard. Soggy tuna. Wholemeal bread. Every time. Stand up wees. Pee on my new green orange and fuscia suede sandals. Back in the car. Don't open the windows the air con will come on in a minute. Scorching leather. Sweating thighs. Pee on my shoes. Motorway. Motorway. Motorway. Toll booth. Mum misses the basket to throw the coins in. Jilly Cooper on book tape. Sex, scandal, summer sun. Who wants a sweet? Only humbugs left. Side 10 of 12.  I think it's time to stop for the night. This looks amazing. Dad shakes his head on the way back to the car. This looks nice. Dad shakes his head on the way back to the car. This looks...ok. Dad shakes his head on the way back to the car. This looks awful. Jen why don't you get out I've done all the driving. You know how hard it is for a woman abroad. Door slamming. Can you believe her? Mum nods her head on the way back to the car. Loud groan. The worlds worst hotel room. Much worse than last year. No what about the one that smelt of rice. Ok that was worse. Jambon and Frite. Coca cola light. Merci beaucoup. This tastes different to home. No it's exactly the same. No you can't have another one. French tv. Sleep on a pillow shaped in a cylinder. Too hot. Morning. Pain au Chocolat. Nicky strips off all the crossiant to leave two strips of solid chocolate. I've finished mine. Back in the car. Don't open the windows the air con will come on in a minute. Scorching leather. Sweating thighs. I can see the mountains. Holiday tape in the machine.  Fleetwood Mac. Cat Stevens. Beach boys. Mum hates the winding roads. Mum hates ABBA. In the 70's they weren't cool they were really naff. No they weren't Jen. Everybody loves ABBA. Pine Tree's and Stevie Nicks. I want to be with you everywhere. Sign for the Pachachaid Campsite. Legs twitching. Seat belt undone. Put that back on Lindsey. Can I jump straight in? Car stops. Doors finally open. Crickets sing. We are here. We are finally here. 

Featuring work by Lindsey Mendick

 
 

interstellar dystopia

29th & 30th April

Make Yourself Hard To Kill

How can foundational scientific principles affect and distort our everyday understanding of our reality? The everyday and the extra terrestrial are seen side-by-side, as human life is part of an infinite, mostly unchartered, universe we must be prepared to adapt to survive. Referencing the vast expanse of the universe, our insignificance within it and feelings of discontent towards the modern world, the work battles the dualities of control and risk, safety and danger, success and failure. Explore the cryptic interstellar complexities of our existence, drawing from past, present and future mythologies surrounding human life.

Featuring work by Phoebe Baines.


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I NEVER MEANT TO HURT YOU

10th & 12th February

They loved love until they met

A young lover falls in love for the idea of a woman. All his fantasies make him drunk in a platonic abstraction of love, a concept that he can't touch, he can't realise. In love with love, the receptacle of his affection won't be the woman, too imperfect, too human. She is the carrier of the flag of love, embodies its monument, a vehicle for its spell in a mist of agony. But to lose the agony would you would lose the purpose. Love, after all, is worth dying for.

Featured artist: Guendalina Cerruti 

 
 

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EYELID TWITCH

3rd & 4th December

Don’t fail, in case you fail.

Take your elbows off the table, sit straight, shut your mouth when eating. Rules are embedded in our behaviour like braces on teeth, deciding how we smile, how we chew. Like a twitch on an eyelid. Discipline is the relationship between a docile body and a successful result, it determines its instruction, the recipe to a success not chosen, but established. Everything is a potential hazard in a culture of insurance. 

Featured artist: Kate Blee

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YOU HAVE NOT BEEN HONEST

21st & 23rd OCTOBER

I’ve never had tea with milk. Milk is my favourite drink. 

 By interchanging the focus from presenting a fictive plausible story to spontaneously acknowledging the reality of the making and the present, the experience of the work becomes dense and multilayered, as your necessary participation becomes an integral part of this self conscious process. 

Featured artist: Sam Carvosso

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allure – 21st & 22nd MAY

Let us kiss you on the palate with a seafood menu based on attraction. Artist Alexander Glass will be collaborating with Finn Thomson to curate the table and dining room, and Nora Silva will be at the hobs. Let your tastebuds go, we'll deliver desire on a plate. Location in Islington on the 21st & 22nd of May at 7pm.

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PAST DINNER – SUPERSTITION

Broken mirrors, spilt salt and ladders. TRADITIONAL SUPERSTITIOUS ROUTINES INSPIRE EACH COURSE. a collaboration with ARTISTS paloma proudfoot & finn thomson.