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Food Art

  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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