Concept

Gastroperformances


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Gastroperformance is a neologism that emerges contemporarily aiming to assist in the
comprehension of a new form of expression.
Through actions and happenings, it proposes a multisensorial
experience on the various matters that surround the human
being during the act of eating.
The food’s flavor and preparation are technically
worked on as a way to optimize the proposed speech and
strengths the gastroperformance aims to trigger.
Multidisciplinarity is the essential premise of this concept
which unites gastronomy to other disciplines such as design,
music, performance, sculpture, painting, among others.
The result is an experience that rises from the food’s ephemeral
materiality and its sensitive possibilities to provoke
a transformation regarding the content that surrounds it.

Paradigms of gastronomy

Art has an intrinsic relation with the food’s materiality:
colors, textures, support etc. All food presentation, ever since history exists, regardless of whether it is
constituted as a local culture or as a global trend, has gone
through collective as well as individual definitions, both in the aesthetics and design fields.
Nevertheless, gastronomy as a discipline has had little to do
with the critical thinking of arts, having been called “the most
ingrained of all habits”.
From a thinking production perspective, gastronomy is
mainly constituted through anthropology; aspects that go from
nutritional to lifestyle, values, beliefs, myths,
rituals, morals, among other topics.
Food as itself has been a less interesting object to
anthropology than its social implications.

A parallel with expressionism

However, in gastroperfromance the food is the center of
attention and is opposite to that which is contemplative and
passive. It proposes trimmings alongside the critical thinking,
starting from the broad expressionist movement and other art
trends, as well as from the contemporary thinking which
assists the human being in capturing the essence and
affirming subjectivity.
The idea is to make the substrate which lies under an
apparent reality appear; to reflect the immutable and the
eternal in human beings and in nature, as well as broadening
the imagination’s dimensions.
As a starting point, gastroperformance reflects upon an
attitude, a new form of understanding the act of eating, which
assembles various disciplines and trends.
Many art expressions were based on expressionism’s
precepts; this movement was not limited to the influence on
the disciplines, but it also changed people’s ways of thinking.
Some artists adopted this way of thinking and with a
multidisciplinary vision, they created new paradigms in their
original disciplines.However, in gastroperfromance, food is the center of
attention and it opposes to that which is contemplative and
passive. It proposes trimmings in the critical thinking,
starting from the broad expressionist movement and other art and contemporary thinking
trends, that
assist the human being to capture existence and
affirm subjectivity.
The idea is to bring to the surface the substrate which lies underneath an
apparent reality to reflect the immutable and
eternal in human beings and nature, as well as broaden
the imagination’s dimensions.
As a starting point, gastroperformance reflects an
attitude, a new form of understanding the act of eating, which
assembles various disciplines and trends.
Many art expressions were based on expressionism’s
precepts; this movement, however, was not limited to the influence on
the disciplines, but it modified people’s ways of thinking.
Some artists adopted this form of thinking and, with a
multidisciplinary vision, created new paradigms in their
original disciplines.

Tadeus Kantor’s theatre

Tadeus Kantor transformed the dramaturgy concept in his
time. He proposed a theatre built through action and not
by the literary reproduction apparatus, which influences the
performative discipline until this day.

Pina Bausch’s dance theatre

The artist Pina Bausch is known as “the dance’s expressionist”,
and has taken the term to its maximum power when she
appropriated it not only in theatre and dance, but also in
human reality elements: fears, sorrows and other conflicts.
Feelings which were not evidenced in classical ballet.

Dogma 95 cinema

The Dogma 95 movement created a more realistic cinema as
means to discuss and criticize different and opposite
aspects of contemporary cinema, as an elusive ideal of
classic cinema and the modern nouvelle vague authors’
politics. The movement created a collective cinema,
denying the aesthetical authority and focusing on an aesthetic focused in truth and
reality, denying artifices and illusions.

Gastroperformance: a rupture

In almost every religion, the act of eating is associated with a
symbolism that goes beyond nutrition itself.
The idea of peace, harmony, happiness and beauty seem
mandatory in this act, and ensure other feelings deemed undesirable, but which are right there,
invisible, non-said.
In this context, is established the idealization of a personal e family relationship around the table.
Gastroperformance acts within these themes, adding
tension through the relationship between food, the individual
and the collective. In this case, the food is not linked to its
functional value, but as the materialization of this game
of invisible power game that surrounds it.
The body approached in the gastroperformance
experience is the so-called “organ-less body”. In other words,
it is not the one that nurtures itself biologically from material
food, in a functional and anesthetized way, but instead it assimilates the
immaterial aspect of such food in a vibrating way.
“In gastroperformance a non-functional food is offered to an
immaterial body.”

example of gastroperformance:
Como Penso Como

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