Performance, Object, and Everyday LifeSpring 2012

FOOD ASSIGNMENT: Preparing a meal is a creative process. Ingredients are combined, typically with the aid of a recipe, which in the best instances offer something pleasing to a range of senses. The best meals often become an occasion for great conversation. A recipe is like a language. There are certain rules - something like a grammar that provides a conceptual structure to bring together elements into a satisfying whole.

Working in groups, your assignment is to create a new recipe, prepare it, and present it in the context of an experience: a meal. You might start with a conventional recipe, but alter it in some way. Consider the type of experience this new kind of food will create. Think in broad terms (beyond just how it tastes). Be prepared to discuss your creative process as we enjoy a buffet of our creative efforts. Experimentation is strongly encouraged. Take creative risks. It is ok if the recipe doesn't turn out exactly the way you expected. Think of your ingredients as a vocabulary. Think of the "rules" of the recipe as a grammar or syntactic structure. What do you want to say? What kind of experience do you want share? Think also about how to present the result of the recipe - that is, curate your group's portion of a collective meal.

In preparation for this assignment, eat a preliminary meal with your group whether at a restaurant or a dining hall or elsewhere. As you brainstorm ideas, try to be aware of how a meal can be a shared experience. Think of ways that these experiences and conversations are a form of creative expression, but also think of how they are rule bound. What are the promises of the rules, and what are their limits?

Instructors: Richard Fishman (Visual Art), Rebecca Schneider (Theatre), and Ian Gonsher (Engineering)