Form vs. Function | May 31, 2018
Form vs. Function
May 31, 2018
7:00pm until 10:00pm
“Form follows function — that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
Questions of form and function exist in every type of art and communication, from narrative writing, to poetry, to sculpture and painting, architecture, and yes, even to food. In fact, you could make the argument that in the culinary world, this question is even more central to the task at hand (sharing a meal), because the form of a given dish (i.e. plating, arrangement, flavor balance) affects the function of the same (i.e. how a diner is to go about eating the food set before them).
A meal is basically a series of interactions — between diners, chef, and the food presented and enjoyed — and if the function of the meal is to make these interactions more meaningful while nourishing the body, then the form of the meal must be considered seriously, and every dish should pull the diners along in their shared narrative.
On May 31, 2018, E.A.T. will be making a close inspection of “function” in a culinary sense, exploring how different plating arrangements (bowl or platter, spoon, fork, knife, chopsticks, or hands), culinary techniques (is the dish emulsified? is it reduced? how has the food been prepared? what is the chef trying to tell us?), and the dining environment (how does dining in an art gallery change the way we think about what is set before us?) change the dining experience, and the overall message of the meal we share.
We will be at the Glavé Kocen Gallery for this exciting culinary adventure, where the art displayed will explore similar themes of form, function, and ultimately the purpose of art. We hope you’ll join us as we jump into this invigorating new perspective of food, dining, and the meals we share together.