Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Vertumnus. 1590-1591. Oilon wood. Skoklosters Slott, Balsta, Sweden
Food, Art and Culture• What is art?• What is special about food as art?• Comparing food & other forms of art.
What is art?• Forms of art – music, literature,paintings, sculptures, movie, …• Why do we participate in artisticactivities?
Simple definition• A piece of art is an object that givesus pleasure.
Objections• Many things produce pleasure but donot constitute art.• Many pieces of art do not producepleasure.A = P
~A & P
A & ~PMarcel DuchampFountain 1917.Damien Hirst A Thousand Years
Modification• A piece of art is an object that isDESIGNED to produce AESTHETICpleasure.
What is aesthetic pleasure?• Positive aesthetic judgment.• Better not define it in terms of art(otherwise a circular defin...
Food as art
Food as an artform• Can food constitute a unique form ofart, other than being a painting,sculpture, etc?• What is distinct...
Depth in art• A piece of artwork has depth.• Possessing structure & order thatallows contemplation and analysis.
El Bulli’s chef - Ferran AdriàTIME 2004 Top 100http://www.time.com/time/2004/time100/
Innovative dishes• Pea and mint soup• Carrot air• More information– http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=57174– h...
Trends in haute cuisine• Post-modernism– Bacon and egg ice cream at the Fat Duck– Sadaharu Aoki’s green tea eclair• But in...
LAtelier de Joel Robuchon in Tokyo
Famous artwork
Questions• Can food be great art?• Why or why not?
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  1. 1. Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Vertumnus. 1590-1591. Oilon wood. Skoklosters Slott, Balsta, Sweden
  2. 2. Food, Art and Culture• What is art?• What is special about food as art?• Comparing food & other forms of art.
  3. 3. What is art?• Forms of art – music, literature,paintings, sculptures, movie, …• Why do we participate in artisticactivities?
  4. 4. Simple definition• A piece of art is an object that givesus pleasure.
  5. 5. Objections• Many things produce pleasure but donot constitute art.• Many pieces of art do not producepleasure.A = P
  6. 6. ~A & P
  7. 7. A & ~PMarcel DuchampFountain 1917.Damien Hirst A Thousand Years
  8. 8. Modification• A piece of art is an object that isDESIGNED to produce AESTHETICpleasure.
  9. 9. What is aesthetic pleasure?• Positive aesthetic judgment.• Better not define it in terms of art(otherwise a circular definition).• To be continued …
  10. 10. Food as art
  11. 11. Food as an artform• Can food constitute a unique form ofart, other than being a painting,sculpture, etc?• What is distinctive – taste (with sightand smell)
  12. 12. Depth in art• A piece of artwork has depth.• Possessing structure & order thatallows contemplation and analysis.
  13. 13. El Bulli’s chef - Ferran AdriàTIME 2004 Top 100http://www.time.com/time/2004/time100/
  14. 14. Innovative dishes• Pea and mint soup• Carrot air• More information– http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=57174– http://www.egullet.org/index.cgi?pg=ARTICLE-27courses– http://www.doylerogers.com/el_bulli_menu.htm• Features– New combination of flavors, textures …– Intellectual surprises
  15. 15. Trends in haute cuisine• Post-modernism– Bacon and egg ice cream at the Fat Duck– Sadaharu Aoki’s green tea eclair• But informed by• Science– http://www.fatduck.co.uk/low_temperature_cooking.html– http://www.pierre-gagnaire.com/anglais/cdmodernite.htm• International influences– http://www.robuchon.com/
  16. 16. LAtelier de Joel Robuchon in Tokyo
  17. 17. Famous artwork
  18. 18. Questions• Can food be great art?• Why or why not?

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