The Futurist-inspired, mobile gastro-performance that premiered at the 2011 CapFringe made a pit-stop at Flashpoint Gallery Sept 9-24, 2011…and on activation dates, we dished up playful portions of our “daringly interactive meal-like extravaganza” (WashPost) to tantalize all five senses!
Pulling inspiration for its shape from the Bugatti that founded Futurism, Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion Car, Ernest Trova’s “Falling Man” sculpture and the Mercedes F-Cell Roadster among many other influences, the TACTILE DINNER CAR aims to mobilize the pseudo-edible Futuristic fusion of cuisine and theatre. TACTILE DINNER CAR will serve up playfully audacious “dishes” appropriated from F.T. Marinetti’s Futurist Cookbook, a tome of avant-garde experiments that use jarring sensory experiences to renew the art of eating.
Support the production by purchasing special AEROTICKETS HERE for a premium Futurist experience of the culinary offerings during activation days. (A portion of all AEROTICKET contributions will be tax-deductible.) AEROTICKET holders get special dinner perks including a Tactile Dinner To-Go Survival Kit.
$25 BASIC TICKETS are also available for purchase to experience this cafeteria-styled “dinner”, with new items such as “TERRiOR” and “Pop Culture” on the menu.
Photography by Brandon Weber
Course 1: Waldorf Salad Injection
Course 2: Nose to Tail
Course 3: TERRiOR
Course 4: Aerofood
Course 5: Pop Culture
Course 6: All That Remains
Carmen C. Wong – Producer/Director/Concept
Niell DuVal – Producer/Technical Director/Car Designer+Fabricator
Ayodamola Okunseinde – Video Design
Melanie Clark – Costume Design
Karol Urban – Sound Design
Josh Hermias - Chef
Samantha Vick-McGill – Chef
Mark DeCelles – Sous-Chef
Stephanie Davio - Hostess
Otis Ramsey-Zöe – Host & Dramaturgy Assistance
Keira Hart - Servertron
John Hibey – “Chef”
Mark Jaster - Marinetti
Michael Kyrioglou – Press Assistance
Justin Bost - Blueprint Menu Graphic Designer
Danielle Mages-Amato - Logo Graphic Designer
Jessica Seo - Food Fetish Photographer
Kristian Whipple - Photographer (Header Picture credit)
Britta Schumacher - Production Assistance
Tuyet Pham, Joseph Price, Amber Parker - Box Office Assistance
This project is supported in part by Flashpoint Gallery. The Gallery is dedicated to nurturing artists, expanding their visibility and encouraging dialogue between artists and arts patrons.
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Times & Tickets
|The Tactile Dinner Car installation is free to view September 9 – 24, 2011 during gallery hours: Tu–Sa, 12–6pm.
Tickets to experience the culinary offerings during activation dates will be sold in 30-minute increments.
TACTILE DINNER CAR ACTIVATED ON:
Press & Program
TACTILE DINNER CAR IN THE NEWS
“A Merry-go-round of sensory overload” -welovedc.com
“hands-down the most inventive item on tonight’s Fringe menu” - Washington City Paper
“Fringe-Tested, Marinetti Approved” -Washington City Paper
Going Out Gurus’ “Must-See At Fringe” – Washington Post
PREVIOUS TACTILE DINNER REVIEWS
“This daringly interactive, philosophically pungent, meal-like extravaganza is designed to spatula audiences out of their comfort zones — theatrical and gustatory — and instill a new appreciation of sensory experience.”
“It manages the rare trick in avant-garde performance of not taking itself too seriously, of embracing the audience rather than intentionally alienating it: think Top Chef hosted by Stephen Colbert.”
“As experiential theater goes, this effort, by the D.C.-based banished? productions and artistic director Carmen C. Wong makes for a giddy little refreshment.”
“This is no show, it is an experience, and one I exhort you not to miss.”
“A “once-in-a-lifetime” kind of show… that reawakens the senses of its audience.