Moving Out 2015

Fake a Salad
Multiple locations
April 22nd, 2016

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RECESS is pleased to present Fake a Salad, an event platform for Earth Day 2016 that invites participants to make and share a salad in a context that responds to their local communities.

This Earth Day, RECESS is organizing performances of eating salads together in distributed locations; anyone is invited to join in or host their own Fake a Salad (FAS) event. FAS honors the Make a Salad performance score by Fluxus artist Alison Knowles (New York, 1933), originally performed in 1962 and since performed occasionally on Earth Day. Knowles first performed MAS in 1962, and has since staged the score using a variety of ingredients and venues. Acquiring ingredients and eating is an inherently community-oriented and locative activity even as industry pushes production processes out of sight and mind. The performance of eating a salad together can be a site of gathering to discuss, agitate, or perform around the topic of environmental health in our local communities.

MAS and other event scores of the era incorporate simple actions and objects from everyday life recontextualized as performance. There is more than forty years of distance between the original performance and those that will be enacted this Earth Day. The conditions of our everyday lives and the stakes of performance art have changed since then, but the potential for camaraderie and relational bliss around the dinner table is an undying constant in all of this.

Earth Day was launched in 1970 as an environmental teach-in. It was an opportunity to unite around environmental issues and make predictions about the future of the ecologically troubled world we live in. Although salads can be composed of pretty much anything edible, they are typically tossed together with raw or natural ingredients. They are made of the stuff that’s closest to the earth.

OPEN CALL: This Earth Day, RECESS invites you to join us in hosting public or private salon-style dinners over a refreshing salad course as part of Fake a Salad. We invite you to consider the following elements when crafting your own FAS event:

  1. RECIPE : What and how are you going to feed yourself and others?
  2. PERFORMANCE/DISCUSSION : What do you want to call attention to? What are the conditions of the meal?
  3. DOCUMENTATION: How will the meal and the corresponding event be documented for posterity?

If you send us the answers to the above questions, or other pertinent information about your event, we will add it to our list online. If you would like us to invite others to join you, please include an address and time.

Some questions to consider when crafting your own FAS event: What does feminist performance look like? How can sharing food together be considered a political act? What role does documentation play in the relationship between everyday life, the public sphere, and the arts? How does the way we eat impact the ecological well-being of the Earth we share? What are the different methods we can employ to document or tell the story of common practices?

Scheduled Events (more coming soon):