Artists offer scientists provocative invitations
The scientists at the Hidden Hunger conference are working hard. Presenting their findings, listening to others’ findings, and discussing each others’ findings–about food and over food during coffee breaks and lunch breaks.
The artists are also working hard. Conducting artistic research, giving their emerging ideas form, and finding ways to display their reflections back to the scientists. The artists are quietly and persistently changing the conference space. And they are offering the scientists provocative invitations about food and over food.
The students from the Zürich University of the Arts carefully and creatively prepared table-covers with quotations from interviews and speeches, and spread them over the tables at lunch time.
Swiss artist Andreas Liebmann spent the morning with his team painstakingly setting up the video installation with a provocative collection of expressions collected during the conference. He projected it on a wall above the coffee tables.
The Mövenpick hotel catering staff were extremely accommodating and helpful while the artists were setting up their installations. Then they brought out the food….
Dominic Oppliger from the Zürich University of the Arts played the guitar during lunch, intensifying the invitation to stay a while and reflect about the reflections.
Danish artist Dorte Helbeck and interior architect Romana Schwaer set out the portraits they had made of some participants with the name of their favorite food.
I am wondering: are the scientists appreciating the invitation but not noticing the provocation?