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FEAST: a contemporary visual art and food journal

Date uploaded: November 21, 2011

You are cordially invited to the launch of a contemporary visual art and food journal
Friday 9th December
5-6.30pm Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester
with a reading by Marie Toseland and Petit Fours provided by a selection of Manchester restaurants


FEAST is a series of three publications presenting contemporary visual art and film works that explore our relationship with food as a social event, a marker of identity, a product of history and a commodity for trade. The publication combines articles on contemporary arts practices with recipes, film histories and literary narratives in an eclectic mix that serves to explore, highlight and question the varied roles food holds within our everyday. Feast is a project initiated by Laura Mansfield.

The first edition of FEAST takes the theme of indulgence - over eating, sweet and sticky deserts, images of glistening food products and the tempting fast food of American movies are explored in a series of texts by Cathy Lomax, Jenny Lawson, and Peter Harrison. Uniting each text is a reference to film, from Robert de Niro’s weight gain for Raging Bull to the infamous Royal with Cheese conversation in Pulp Fiction and the sexual games with raw food stuffs in Bitter Moon and Tampopo. Alongside the written contributions artist’s works are featured that allude to indulgence through both saccharine and gluttonous ingredients, festishised banquets and the materiality of food’s varying forms. Throughout all the contributions associations of vivid and playful colour resonate for the reader informing the texts with their own memories of cooking, eating and encountering the mentioned ingredients.

Click here for more information and a list of stockists on the project website.

Arno Maasdorp founder of The Saltoun Supper Club, Brixton www.eatwithyoureyes.net

Arno Maasdorp founder of The Saltoun Supper Club, Brixton www.eatwithyoureyes.net