New ways of EATING

We are disconnected from sustenance, no longer foragers or farmers, we do not know the earth, and frown up its dirt. As we, distracted screen munchers, shovel comfort into bellies, our vacated minds are comfortably numbed.

And yet, a shared meal can be a communion of joy in which we appreciate a labour of love. Can we, though, not extend that love beyond the chef to the earth itself, and the processes by which it gives life? …to the processes through which we take it, and give it back? How can we be in greater connection with this symbiotic sustenance?

new func is seeking new ways of gaining sustenance which make us feel alive. We will be in overwhelming connection with food and environment and one another,

as we obtain, prepare and eat.

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Above: Snooker Mowf

Overwhelming disjunctures between meaning and taste. 

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Left: TACE SPIME CHIN SPEW

Stalled by bitter/sour warning signals, compelled by sweet/savoury signs to salivate and chew; warning fights compulsion, frazzling the mind. Stall, speed, crash goes the brain, as chew chew chew go the teeth. Every moment seems almost the same, until chewing becomes

time and space.

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Mutual bowl head

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BELLEE GRUMBUL -  After fasting, NUNNNZ intensify the tension between desire and constraint. The hum of heat (keeping huge spinning kebabs warm) fills the chamber as  we are strapped to rotating sound boxes (like giant guitars) which amplify the groans and grumbles of their bellies. Kebabs sweep past and brush their meat sweat onto bodies, but we must resist the hunger. They must keep spinning until their belly groans align, and they grumble together, over and above the hum of the heat.

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CHEW CHEW TRAYN - Climbing into gigantic spinning teeth MEZAZAYEYE circle round the mouth. Chewing food and being chewed, all chew in unison. Chew chew chew into nothing, until the spinning stops, then swallow. The giant teeth open and food blossoms from the roof of the mouth. They bite off the bud, and the spinning starts once more. Chew chew they enter the chew, become the chew and the chew becomes all. All is nothing, but our bellies are full.

DANCES WITH SPINACH

Step 1: Concentric Composting

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Step 2: Compost Fling

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Step 5: Saluting the Seed 

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CHANT: With each step of DANCES WITH SPINACH there is a consistent chant of "EYE UM SHUM" (except in SOIL YO'SELF)

Above: In Compost Fling, on "EYE" we stoop, on "UM" we gather, on "SHUM" we fling the compost above and onto the earth behind us.

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Step 4: Stick Dancin' Seed Path

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Step 7: Harvest 

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Step 6: Watering the Wind

During the harvest, some spinach is left to grow into male and female forms, the winds fertilise the females, and they go to seed. A similar Harvest dance is undertaken in the collection of seeds, and the decaying male and female stems go into the compost for the DANCES WITH SPINACH to go on.  

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SPAY S TY M CHEW SPY RUL​

 Spiralling up and down a giant bowl, MEZA ZA YE YE  pass from Sweet Sour Tooth to Savoury Bitter Tooth, where tasty little teeth can be plucked and chewed.  Chewing all the way from tooth to tooth, MEZA ZA YE YE begin to chew in harmony, while giant teeth chew on the giant bowl in discord. Chewing and taste disjunctures create a perpetually stalling, speeding and crashing brain; stalled by bitter/sour warning signals, compelled by sweet/savoury signs to salivate and chew; warning fights compulsion, frazzling the mind. Stall, speed, crash goes the brain, as chew chew chew go the teeth. Every moment seems almost the same, until chewing becomes time and space.

GRAYP CHEEZ SMUSH SIRKUL

For BREKEE, YAY lie in pairs under columns of melting cheese. They smother it over skins and into mouths, wensleydale and cranberry drooping down, until they are cast together in cheese. Having melted out, the previous residents of the cheese column push the newly cast pair down to the GRAYP CHEEZ CARVEREE. Here as falling grapes split upon blades into mouths, the pair are sliced apart and smushed into cheese columns with new partners. Spiralling back up to the circle’s brim, the cheese column begins to melt again, as its residents pluck grapes from trees and feed each other’s needs.

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CONS YOOM DAN POOD

In the Strawberry field, VAK YOO AK YOO OOM enter the food cycle; the conversation of earth, enzymes, strawberries and teeth. They commence dinner time by sliding down mudholes into the earth, before passing through membranes of giant roots. Through cells, they are sucked up, squeezed together and pushed out of stems as strawberry seeds. The strawberries fall into chomping mouths, squish into stomachs and drown. Here, the strawberry seeds eat themselves, as  they themselves are digested. Once full, they sink into mush, dribble through loop the loops, and splutter out as poo; returning to minerals of earth.  

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KUK - NNNNNUNZZZ cook their stew in a mammoth pot, whilst cooking themselves within rings of fire. Around and around the central fire, they dance their bodies and minds into mush, and push colossal wooden cranks to haul the ingredients up the Spiral Stew Path. From high up top, the ingredients drop and crash into the stew. NNNNNUNZZZ cook until mush.

STYOOWhen cooked, NNNNUNZZZ themselves are pushed up the Spiral Stew Path, and splash down into food. Swept through currents of stew, they resurface, and begin to consume, at first with hands, but then with slurps and gasps for air, as their seat slowly spirals back down into stew. Immersed once more, they are stew, consuming themselves. And then they fall, out the bottom of the mammoth pot. A new born stew, they return to pushing the cranks, pushing more NNNUNZZZ up the Spiral Stew Path until all are and is consumed.

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BOWNSEE FOOD FOWNTIN

A cacophony of tastes jumble around a jelly castle; up, down, and through the fountain. Ready for BREKEE, VAK YOO AK YOO OOM dive in, tumbling down through falling food filling mouths; all the textures and tastes at once. They bounce around and gorge in mid-air, before splashing into the food mush moat. The only way out is to plunge into, merge with and eat through the mush.

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FISH N CHIP GATEAU

Rich soils are printed into monstrous foods which chant their names when ready to eat. NARA RA RAYTA approach, echoing chants such as “SPA GETEE TREE, SPA GETEE TREE, KRUNCH, KRUNCH, KRUNCH.”  The foods also chant disingenuous textures and tastes, creating ruptures between mouths and brains. Under the food’s spell, NARA RA RAYTA follow its movement and chant as it lures them in before pouncing into their mouths. Every day there’s a new dish for BREKEE as any leftovers decay within hours, returning to and rejuvenating the earth. Today’s dish is a Fish N Chip Gateau surrounded by Snapping Peach Boats in a Baked Bean Moat rounded off with a Spagahetti Meatball Tree on the side.

Fixed menu on  27th May 2022:

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