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BRUISED FOOD LAB EVENT: Careful Whispers (a Cricket Banquet)

May 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Join artist Stephen Loo for lunch at RMIT Gallery for a Banquet Performance (The Autonomous Sensory Meridian Orchestra).

We are taking bookings for those who will eat the meal. Observers may walk in on the day to watch the action, depending on space availability.

Please advise if you have food allergies [email: rmit.gallery@rmit.edu.au when your booking is confirmed]. A full ingredient list will be provided on the day.

Bruised Food: a Living Laboratory is a project curated by Marnie Badham and Francis Maravillas that complements the exhibition Bruised: Art Action & Ecology in Asia at RMIT Gallery (12 April – 1 June). The Bruised Food Lab Events critically reflects on food and social practice, and present works and events by artists.

About the event

Careful Whispers is an in-gallery experimentation, composition and choreography of a three-course meal towards a performative acoustic banquet by eight diners. The work relies on a folding of the symphony of outward sounds emanating from mastication amplified in the space of the gallery, and the internal acoustics of eating transmitted between the evolutionarily connected jawbone and the three ossicles of the human inner-ear.

About the artist

Stephen Loo is Professor of Design at UNSW. For more than 25 years, Stephen has researched, taught and practiced in the transdisciplinary nexus of art, architecture, design, philosophy, performance and science.

Of Chinese Malaysian Portuguese heritage, and a childhood in Kuala Lumpur, Stephen is a part of the South East Asian food diaspora which are spread across Australia as he carries his family recipes and food practices with him.

He has published widely biophilosophy, posthumanist ethics, ecological humanities and experimental digital thinking. Recent books include Deleuze and Architecture (2012) and Poetic Biopolitics (2016) and is currently working on Speculative Ethologies (2019 with Dr Undine Sellbach).

Stephen is a founding partner of award-winning design, architecture, interpretation and exhibition practice Mulloway Studio. He has a performance-philosophy based art practice and has shown internationally in Paris, Berlin, London, Sydney and Adelaide.


May 23, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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RMIT Gallery
344 Swanston St
Melbourne, VIC Australia
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