Digesting Recipes: The Art of Culinary Notation

22 Jul 2015

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London, United Kingdom


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  • 177, 453, 53
  • New Cross
  • Deptford
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An evening of food, films, performance and readings by the author and invited artists Mario D’Agostino, Meg Ferguson, Martha Rosler and Georgia Twigg.


Reflecting on the themes in Digesting Recipes of instruction, ritual and performance, Georgia Twigg will present You Don’t Eat the Skin, an interactive fruit and vegetable installation, and Mario D’Agostino will perform a pizza dough demonstration according to a family recipe. Alongside this there will be food that pays homage to Bobby Baker’s Packed Lunch (1979) and Alison Knowles’ Make A Salad (1962), and looped screenings throughout the evening of Semiotics of the Kitchen: An Audition (2011) by Martha Rosler and Meg Ferguson’s YouTube parody Plantation Shutter Cake Tutorial (2015). 

Digesting Recipes: The Art of Culinary Notation scrutinises the form of the recipe, using it as a means to explore a multitude of subjects in post-war Western art and culture, including industrial mass-production, consumerism, hidden labour, and art engaged with the everyday. Each chapter is presented as a dish in a nine-course meal, drawing on examples from published cookbooks and the work of artists such as Alison Knowles, Yoko Ono, Annette Messager, Martha Rosler, Barbara T. Smith, Bobby Baker and Mika Rottenberg.

performances from 7pm 


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