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Hungry for Art and Social Practice: creative strategies examining the politics and performance of Melbourne food culture

Friday 8 July, 1:30- 3pm, Arts Hall, University of Melbourne

A PSi 2016 Performing Climates Curated Panel

Melbourne is not simply the city for Foodies but has also become a site of everyday art intervention exploring changing food culture in the contexts of climate change and mass migration. Within this burgeoning field, social practice artists and arts producers are using a range of affective, political, artistic and discursive strategies to engage the public, industry and consumers. Performatively staged as a live dinner party, this delicious discussion is hosted by Marnie Badham and Robert Walton examining the creative engagement strategies of three artistic projects regarding food in Melbourne. After presenting media-rich content to illustrate each project, dinner guests will discuss this burgeoning field in the context of new forms of contemporary art and social practice.

Distinguished Panel

Professor Laurie Beth Clark and Associate Professor Michael Peterson, Department of Art, University of Wisconsin discussing Foodways Melbourne.

Kendyl Rossi, Creative Projects Producer, Federation Square discussing Fed Sq Food Offerings

Angharad Wynne-Jones Artistic Director, Arts House, City of Melbourne and Tipping Point Australia discussing The Supper Club

Dr. Jen Rae, Centre for Cultural Partnerships, VCA and Dawn Weleski, Conflict Kitchen, Pittsburgh discussing Fair Share Fare

Image of Cassie at Firecracker‘s Food Body for The Supper Club: Revolting Body at Arts House 2016

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