After the War time mock up exhibition yesterday, I came to the conclusion that food would be better presented to the viewers in boxes (inspired by World War 2 Ration boxes) along with a ration book and War time postcard for them to have as a keep sake (and also make the experience more memorable).The food within the boxes will differ which means the viewer will still have preference to what they would like to eat. A ‘Memory Card’ will also be included in the boxes where the customers can explain any stories or memories that have been evoked from the experience.
I ordered the boxes yesterday and YAY - they have arrived (SPEEDY DELIVERY OR WHAT!!), so the experimentation can begin with for the Memory Blanks exhibition - let the development commence….
Today I showcased a practice piece to experiment with my ideas for the Memory Blanks exhibition at the Axis Art Center in Crewe on June 6th. The menue consisted of : Banana Meatloaf, Ginger Beer, Honey Cakes, Spam and Jell-o Refreshers. The aesthetics were completely inspired by that of the 1940’s and World War 2 Rationing.
To set the scene - Vera Lynn 1940’s music echoed in the background, brown paper packaging was being ripped open to reveal War time inspired food within it. An abundance of discussion and reminiscing of grandma’s memories was had.
Leaving nothing more than the memory of the event and the remains of brown paper packaging and scraps behind.
This piece focuses on the conversation and memories that can be prompted through choreographing and setting up an event/experience with food, by looking at the link between food and feeling here it shows the importance of social interaction and the connection a food experience can have with the unconscious mind.