Lunchbox is a creative focus group exploring the nature of food consumption and the democratic voice.For lunchbox the gallery will invite people are into the space to eat lunch during their workday. This first iteration of lunchbox will be documented and led to further research into community food practices, workplace agendas and the democratic right of workers to take a “break”. The research and discussions that take place around these events will be streamed on a Lunchbox portal on the the ArtBox website.
Gastronomic concepts (e.g., taste) were adopted to specify certain classes of value judgments, most notably in aesthetics and philosophy of art. As such modes of food preparation and consumption form a framework of collective imagination. Food transmits a situation, [a] sign amongst members of a given society. A consciously worked out diet, is mythically directed, toward an adaptation of man to a the modern world therefore, a representation of contemporary existence is implied in the consciousness we have of the function of our food. In terms of the work day lunch for Barthes “managers exercise power and control over the extreme rapidity of modern life….there is an element of “Napoleanism” in this ritually condensed light and rapid kind of eating. The business lunch on the other hand, extols a mythical conciliatory power, conviviality”, at the core of which lies a class divide that exists today.
Through the Lunchbox initiative we will invite food experts, academics and artists to enter into the portal space feeding into the ongoing conversation as we progress. In a similar way to philosophical explorations into art practices, critical reflection upon what and how we eat can contribute to a robust exploration of what it means to be human.
Lunchbox is co-curated by Hilary Murray (Director of ArtBox) and Clare Anne O’Keefe (Chef and food writer). Artists will be announced in September.