Friday, September 30, 2011

Food Glorious Food!

Artist Kate Williams mopping her brow through her 40 minute session of Junk Thought.
Gluttony and the Gourmand was officially launched last night at Town Hall Gallery to a fantastic crowd.  The weather was miserable outside but it didn't keep our patrons away, who were very excited to see the exhibition and in particular the performance component, Junk Thought.

Artist Kate Williams started the performance, with a timed 40 minute session on the spin bike.  With live streaming being shown on their website, viewers tweeted at them urging them to "eat a cheeseburger" or "Kate, those cupcakes look good, eat one!".

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Artist Emma Hicks, replying to viewers tweets telling her what to eat.
The audience at Town Hall Gallery were mesmerised by the cycling.  The girls appeared to had created a stage at the back of the gallery and their set was a mass of fast food, fizzy drinks and sweets.  At first the audience appeared to be in shock but as the counting beeps of the time trial sounds got faster, louder and more intense, the audience drew in closer and started to feed the girls additional treats.  They didn't have enough hands to hold all the food on offer and respond to tweets at the same time.  As the 40 minute session drew to an end, the girls looked nauseus and sticky from all the cake they had eaten.

After their time on the bikes, I asked Kate how she felt.  She responded, "it was much harder than I thought it was going to be".  With the constant stare of the audience and their sadistic laughter and offering of food, it was something that the artists couldn't prepare for.

Below are some short You Tube clips from Kate William's session on the bike.  Both Kate and Emma will be answering questions about the performance on Saturday 1 October from 2pm to 3pm as part of the In Conversation public program.

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