|Updated - 23 September 2011|
A new exhibition at GVart
SENSE OF TASTE
Works by Ken and Julia Yonetani
7 October – 22 November 2011
Private View Thursday 6 October 2011
GV Art Gallery, 49 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London W1U 6LY
Still Life: the food bowl, 2011, salt, dimensions variable
‘If revolt is to come, it will have to come from the five senses’ Michel Serres
Sense of Taste by Ken and Julia Yonetani is inspired by the 1618 painting by Jan Brueghel the Elder of the same name. One of a series on the five senses, it depicts a new world based on unfettered consumption of luxury goods, at a time when expanding markets, colonisation and agricultural revolutions were feeding the increasingly lavish and abundant tables of the European upper class. Nearly 400 years later, Ken and Julia Yonetani’s Sense of Taste ponders our obsession with sensual and material pleasures, reconnecting our sense of taste to the environmental impacts of what is on the dinner table. The exhibition comprises two main works, Sweet Barrier Reef and Still Life, the first made out of sugar and the second made entirely from salt. In both works, sugar and salt become metaphors for human desire, colonialism, and a culture of hedonism, as well as the essential link to reconnect us back to a spiritual world of nature and magic.
Sweet Barrier Reef focuses on the event of bleaching coral — the process leading to coral death. River waters containing high levels of suspended sediment (nitrogen, phosphorus and herbicides) cause coral death and bleaching. This sediment often comes from harvesting sugarcane, and is known to be one factor leading to bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef.
Still Life: The Food Bowl brings us back to the environmental cost of agricultural production and links up with historical associations of salt — as a powerful, sacred substance that maintains life by enabling food preservation, but also induces the death of ecosystems. Salinity is a major problem for the Murray-Darling basin, known as Australia's 'food bowl' as it produces up to 90 per cent of Australia's fresh food.
Ken and Julia Yonetani are available for interview.
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Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit
Invited Speaker Series 2011/12
Department of Psychology
Goldsmiths, University of London
SEMINARS ARE HELD ON TUESDAYS AT 6:10 PM IN ROOM LG01 OF THE NEW ACADEMIC BUILDING, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, unless otherwise noted. Maps and directions can be found at www.gold.ac.uk. All talks are open to staff, students and members of the public. Attendance is free and there is no need to book in advance.
For further information, visit http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/apru/speakers or contact Robert Brotherton (email: email@example.com).
NB: You are strongly recommended to register (at no cost) with the APRU’s “Psychology of the Paranormal” email list to ensure that you are informed of any future changes to the programme.
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