Malingering Uvula was a multimedia installation and performance created in 2011 with artist Michael Merck. Using video, mixed media sets, light, sound, scent, and food, the audience served as active protagonists–guest diners–providing spontaneous unpredictability to the performance. The guest diners were led to action through a series of instructions which accompanied each course. Spurred by conversations about The Futurist Cookbook and Surrealist dinnertime pranks, we held our first event in a raw 40,000sf industrial building in Queens, on November 19th, 2011. Altogether we staged three Malingering Uvulas, the last one in 2013 at The Radiator Gallery in Long Island City.
This was the copy sent out for the first invites in 2011:
Malingering Uvula, in partnership with Center for the Seas Control requests your presence on this eve forthcoming November 19th, 2011 for Banquet #1: The Road To Hell Is Paved With Unbought Stuffed Dogs. In the spirit of a serious joke, food is used as raw material for art – recipes as experimental games – games that are agents in removing boundaries between art and life in order to achieve a reconstruction of the universe. 13 guest diners will be charioted to an undisclosed industrial compound on the cusp of what is and what what is is spilling over into to engage in a familiar group activity (dinner) in order to produce surprisingly, perhaps seemingly random inter-reactions: eating with their noses, seeing with their ears, speaking with their eyes.
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Malingering Uvula Banquet 1: The Road To Hell Is Paved With Unbought Stuffed Dogs