A MANUAL TO OBSERVE THE STARS ON A CERAMIC PLATE – DINNERS IN THREE ACTS
22nd & 23rd of January, 8:30 PM
Museum of Cycladic Art
This is a collaboration between the independent artist run space 3 137 and the Museum of Cycladic Art.
First act: Paky Vlassopoulou
*Dress code: total black*
Stemming from ceramic art of ancient civilizations, I created objects that could redefine the classical format of a formal dinner. Running along the full length of the table, there was a consistent grey surface onto which a three-legged rack was placed, one for each guest. The soup, first plate, was served in bowls placed on top of the racks. The second plate, fried baby shrimps, arrived, before even realising that no cutlery was provided until then. Finally, the main course lands directly on the grey surface together with the anticipated forks and knifes.
The dessert was granite served in a ceramic semi-feeding bottle, semi-bong device. Design meets primitivism whilst objects become ceremonial rather than just utilitarian. Through a series of unexpected episodes the dinner evolves into a collective performance that invites us to negotiate our primal instincts. Serving utensils, materials, dishes, and dining companions are put in a new sequence, known but unprecedented.
images (c) 2018 by Ilias Seferlis-Frantzis