When your art involves food and relies on face to face social interactions, what do you do when public gatherings are prohibited?
When faced with that question, artists Spatula & Barcode took their project to the virtual realm. The work entitled Come to the Table is currently at the Chazen Museum. At the center is a wooden dining table with seating for six. The fair is simple. However, the conversation is an invitation for guests seated at the table to think broadly about predetermined topics.
Founded in 2008, Spatula & Barcode is a “social practice art” group created by Laurie Beth Clark and Michael Peterson. Both are faculty in the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin. In this edition of Radio Chipstone, Clark, Peterson, and contributor gianofer fields talk about what happens when breaking bread goes digital.
About the Host:
gianofer (JON nah fer) fields is an Art Historian and Material Culture contributor and curates the Radio Chipstone series. The project is hosted by the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and funded by the Chipstone Foundation; a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.
About the Guest:
Image: Provided by the Chazen Museum of Art. Appears courtesy of Spatula & Barcode.