Meeting Bacon was a response to the Farm-to-Table movement. While many are happy to have artisan foods, and find comfort in the concept of their food being treated humanely, few can stomach the reality of actually confronting the animal they eat. As a result, Meeting Bacon was intended to convey to others the active knowledge that can come through cooking and eating. In the performance I prepared a lunch of BLTs with bacon I had cured myself. The performance began by talking about the importance of knowing where one’s food comes from and by exhibiting my bacon to the audience. After seeing their delight, I produced a pig’s head that the audience members had to examine prior receiving their sandwich. I wanted to create a sensory experience where participants would have to negotiate the pleasures of frying bacon with the confrontation of the pig’s severed head.
       
     
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mike with bernadette.jpg
       
     
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 Meeting Bacon was a response to the Farm-to-Table movement. While many are happy to have artisan foods, and find comfort in the concept of their food being treated humanely, few can stomach the reality of actually confronting the animal they eat. As a result, Meeting Bacon was intended to convey to others the active knowledge that can come through cooking and eating. In the performance I prepared a lunch of BLTs with bacon I had cured myself. The performance began by talking about the importance of knowing where one’s food comes from and by exhibiting my bacon to the audience. After seeing their delight, I produced a pig’s head that the audience members had to examine prior receiving their sandwich. I wanted to create a sensory experience where participants would have to negotiate the pleasures of frying bacon with the confrontation of the pig’s severed head.
       
     

Meeting Bacon was a response to the Farm-to-Table movement. While many are happy to have artisan foods, and find comfort in the concept of their food being treated humanely, few can stomach the reality of actually confronting the animal they eat. As a result, Meeting Bacon was intended to convey to others the active knowledge that can come through cooking and eating. In the performance I prepared a lunch of BLTs with bacon I had cured myself. The performance began by talking about the importance of knowing where one’s food comes from and by exhibiting my bacon to the audience. After seeing their delight, I produced a pig’s head that the audience members had to examine prior receiving their sandwich. I wanted to create a sensory experience where participants would have to negotiate the pleasures of frying bacon with the confrontation of the pig’s severed head.

Mike with pigs head.jpg
       
     
Pigs head close up.jpg
       
     
mike with audience 2.jpg
       
     
mike with bernadette.jpg
       
     
mike cooking bacon.jpg
       
     
Cosmo with bacon.jpg