On Sat, 26 Jul 1997, Mark Coniglio wrote:
> Hello all. Troika has returned from Los Angles refreshed by cool weather
> and a day at the beach, though with a bit of a moquito bite in the form of
> a bad review for our performance. (Our first: I am accepting it as a rite
> of passage...)
> After having just caught up on all the postings here, of love parades and
> webbed futures, etc., my brain is a bit full. (I need to go off and see
> some URLs to complete my experience of the posts...) But this bit about
> food feasts interests me, and I wanted to tell of some performances in
> which we partcipated here in NYC.
> One of our closest friends, a woman called Margaret Hennesey, has recently
> graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and is a fine chef. Due to
> the pollution of her mind by too many artist friends, she came up with the
> idea of doing several performances that were also meals. This gave her the
> opportunity to try out some strange menus while simultaneously involving
> several of her friends who would do anything to receive a free meal.
> Each evening had a theme. The one for which Dawn and I performed was the
> "Christmas Pagent" which featured foods that were available at the time of
> Christ, or at least inspired by the same. Example performances during the
> evening include my role as a centurian singing in Latin during the second
> course, or Dawn performing, admittedly with some lack of authenticity I am
> sure, a belly dance.
> These performances of "diner" theater as she calls them were all good,
> clean fun. But now I imagine Johannes' idea of doing these dinners, and of
> including the particular bent of this group -- things technological. The
> thing that interests me particularly here is the act of eating (the subject
> of food) and how it relates to the body, and subsequent to that, technology
> Here we are, fueling our little machines. But also pleasuring ourselves
> with the most delectable items. The act of eating is so tightly woven into
> the concept of the coporeal, and in fact, for the meat-eaters, we take in
> the bodies of other beings to sustain our own.
> I am rambling a bit, but I think there is something to for us to do here. I
> think that Ms. Hennesey could be persuaded to partcipate in a feast if one
> is planned. Should we do this?
> Now I must eat.
> -- Mark
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