Is it food or is it art?

Saturday night was an art experience, as far as I can tell, quite unlike any other. Title of the project: “Prep”. Food as medium, medium (as always) the message. Created by the JiMaoC4 collective, coordinated by Lion vs. Gorilla, and presented at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in Chicago. Full disclosure: JiMao (whose true identity shall remain hidden within the collective) is my guy. Having said that, let’s move on to what really rocked on Saturday night. A chef on a platform working over a special light table consisting of edge-lit glass with a video camera underneath it pointed at the glass. An assortment of art materials–beets, oranges, fennel, onions–chopped, arranged, swept away and incorporated into a delicious beet salad available to any and all attendees. The creative process projected onto a wall-sized articulated screen, all accompanied by two bands and a deejay. Words don’t do it justice, so here are a few of the photos I took–

The projection at the beginning of the evening

The projection at the beginning of the evening

Our chef from Kendall College gets into the groove

Our chef from Kendall College gets into the groove

The chef-artist interacts with public, the whole idea behind the project. How do art and life intersect?

Public occasionally melted into the projection, or--more art is life?

Public occasionally melted into the projection, or–more art is life?

Here comes some technicolor digital art--no wait, it's just gorgeous food!

Here comes some technicolor digital art–no wait, it’s just gorgeous food!

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Red and orange were predominant color themes

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Then green entered the scene

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Colors getting really rich here (and starting to remind me of an aquarium)

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Love these little “beet” flowers!

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Ninja onions!

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Green takes over

The projection screen a couple of hours later...

The projection screen a couple of hours later…

 

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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2 Responses to Is it food or is it art?

  1. munchow says:

    I really looks like quite a project. And so beautiful!

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      It was indeed quite a project, with research and experimentation beginning over two years ago. This is just the start, and I can’t predict where it will go, but since the intent is to interject art into the community it could reappear in various venues and in different forms.

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