I am interested in the physicality, directness and now-ness of the taste performance.
I was invited to feed the novelists at Flux Factory
"SuperSpa" offers you a unique experience unlike any you have ever had!
soy beans, tofu, and hydroponic vegetal...
Place the dropper with the pomegranate seed into your mouth and squirt.
Ice Cream Stand. Mapping the tastes and smells of NYC's different tribes into a comestible frozen liquid.
In contrast to the heavy food normally served during the holidays, these tastes were fresh and light.
Sports drinks and sexual stimulants
A recycling project for wishes. Miwa made her own shrine and ritual for a modern day exchange using paper shredders
I have done many food performances, because I find that food has a way of cutting through cultural differences (or underline-ing them) with a directness that is difficult to equal with another medium. Also, I take great joy when my creation a taste object is consumed, disappears leaving only the immediate and definite reaction of the taster. My art has entered their body physically. Where they can walk away from a photograph or an installation indifferent, there is always a reaction to the food tasted.
Most people do not know how to interpret a work of art. Contemporary art can seem particularly foreign to normal people. Everyone however eats. In one of my taste experiences, I take perfect tomatoes, juice them and strain out all the particulate matter, all the texture which is red. The result is a slightly syrupy golden liquid which is 100% tomato with none of the tomato texture or color. The identifiers of tomato have been removed, just the essential taste remains.
Almost everyone has eaten a tomato, but I have yet to find someone who tasted my golden liquid and said, "oh, that's a tomato" instead they are launched into memories, "oh I know what this is," "it reminds me when I was a kid," "is it salad?" after a few minutes I tell them what it is, and of course they know, but by slightly changing this everyday taste, removing all its context, all the signifiers of shape and color with which they identify a tomato, they have been sent through a whole voyage of memories, of questioning. I have dozens of other similar tricks up my sleeve.