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eat | GOLD | art

MONDAY, FEB 03 2020, 07:30 PM

In this interactive boundary-crossing live performance, Austrian artists Sonja Stummerer and Martin Hablesreiter explore the relationship between food (over)consumption and the reaction of the body both as a physiological phenomenon and an artistic display. They challenge the audience to interact with their own digestive tract and their individual bodily functions. The artists' bodies are at the guests' disposal during the performance. EAT THAT!

We consist of our food. Every molecule that people eat is part of the body for about 7 years. We shape our body with our selection of calories and food. For several decades, this process of body design has been an essential topic for Western societies. And it is gaining in significance. Yet there is nothing more symbolic, holier, more cultural than eating. Eating equals morality. In this performance we work with body and mind, with old, new and future myths about the absorption of nature and its transformation into culture. Ultimately, nature and culture meet in the human stomach.

Advisory: The performance is appropriate for ages 18+.
Audience members may actively participate in parts of the performance on a voluntary basis.

Sonja Stummerer and Martin Hablesreiter studied architecture in Vienna, London, and Barcelona. After their graduation they worked in Tokyo before founding the transdisciplinary studio honey & bunny in Vienna. Their work is based on social and ecological sustainability. Honey & bunny consider themselves as inbetweeners. Exhibitions curated by honey & bunny include "food design" at the MuseumsQuartier Wien, and "food design humanity" at Lodz/ PL as well as the movie "food design." As designers and eat art artists the duo participated in numerous international solo and group exhibitions in London, Zürich, Vienna, Salzburg, Milano, Amsterdam, Gwangju, and Hanover, in addition to performances about sustainability in Milano, London, Paris Salzburg and other places. In 2009, they published the book "food design XL" (Springer Vienna/NY) and in 2013 "eat design" (Metro Verlag Vienna). Stummerer and Hablesreiter have given numerous international talks and worked as visiting professors in Bucharest (RO), Istanbul (TR), and Chennai (IN). They teach at the New Design University St. Pölten and the University of Salzburg. www.honeyandbunny.com

Image Credit: Honey & bunny / Daisuke Akita / Ulrike Köb / Gabarage