How is the impossibility of gathering in these exceptional times made manifest through the attempt of executing a simple act, the sharing of a meal? What lies within the host’s realm of control – and what lies beyond?
Join us for a meal. Piled onto the plate in front of you are layered stories, layered labour, layered opportunities and constraints. Take a bite, what do you taste? Bite into the obscurity, chew on it. Laying the Table Bare is an opportunity for honest storytelling, a chance to lay the table bare.
Laying the Table Bare comprises a series of facilitated digital gatherings on zoom and a durational installation-performance hosted at Warung Ijo, 337 Beach Rd, Singapore.
To Gathering is a series by Brack, a Singapore-based platform for socially-engaged artists in Southeast Asia, who are interested in practices of gathering, and in dialogical exchanges across mediums, disciplines, and communities.
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To Gathering: Laying the Table Bare (Exhibition)
[In line with latest restrictions on dine-in at f&b establishments, the installation at Warung Ijo will be postponed until further notice]
14 - 30 May 2021
Warung Ijo (337 Beach Rd, Singapore 199565)
Tue - Fri 11am - 3pm, 4pm - 9pm
Sat - Sun 11am - 3.30pm, 4.30pm - 9pm
Closed on Mondays
Entry for Dine-in customers at Warung Ijo
To Gathering: Laying the Table Bare considers food as site and instigator of congregation: of processes, production, and people. Composed around the origin and operations of Warung Ijo, an Indonesian vegetarian eatery, the work unfolds in two parts: a physical installation at the eatery, and a digital lunch gathering with provided food. How do foods get to our tables – what networks and labours enable their arrival? When lockdowns restrict access to overseas produce, how are substitutes chosen and procured? In running a vegetarian eatery, what happens when principles meet pragmatism?
About the Artist
Brack is a Singapore-based platform for socially-engaged artists in Southeast Asia. We are interested in practices of gathering, and in dialogical exchanges across mediums, disciplines, and communities.
We seek to understand how socially-engaged art can activate a space, community, or society, and we experiment with these very activations—through audience engagement, writing, and working with artists.
Right now we’re exploring practices of gathering, how to facilitate collective re-imagining of alternate worlds / futures, what ‘radical hospitality’ might entail, and how we can constructively engage with conflict and difference. Our work is socially-engaged, interdisciplinary, and experiential, and we seek to integrate critical self-reflexivity into all that we do. Always interested in the inter-relational, we work with a diverse community of artists, writers, and cultural / social intermediaries who are well-placed in Southeast Asia to understand these processes on a deep level. We intend for our platform to enable dynamic collaborations between practitioners, thinkers, writers, and makers. Aside from this online gathering space, our works manifest as exhibitions, talks, workshops, dialogues, and collaborations with local and international practitioners, in our effort to forge an alternative praxis within artist-audience dynamics.
Support the artists at www.brack.sg.
Participating Artists:Alecia Neo, Jevon Chandra, Kei Franklin