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Week 4- Sarah Gibson

We are the moment. What we are doing now has never happened before.

We had our first workshop this week. Taking inspiration from Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Curry installations.

Is cooking art?

This is the question we faced.

As we have been looking at these past weeks, anything can be art, anything is art. If someone says its art, it is art.

I love cooking with a passion but if I am doing it at home to make my dinner I wouldn’t count it as art. However, what we were doing in this workshop I would call it art. Our intension was to make art and that is exactly what we did.

We worked as a team, helping each other to make this beautiful, colourful dish, that not only looked good but tasted divine.

Art is about perspective, you don’t have to like the piece but it is still art even if you disagree.

I think the process behind how we made the curry was the art. How we all had to work together, to talk to each other for the curry to actually taste nice. The final outcome, the placemats and the swan napkins are all the little add ons that complete the piece.

Cutting Chilli Peppers
Blending all the Paste Ingredients Together
Cutting Green Beans
Richard Chopping
Getting both the Mild and Spicy Sauce Prepared
Heating the Sauce and Rice
Veggies Reading for Stir-frying
Sauce looking ready to add Stir-fry to
Boxes and Toppings ready to be plated up
Everyone coming together to get the final touches ready before the curry is dished out.
The Delicious Work of Art ready to be Devoured
Everyone Enjoying the Curry and Chatting with One Another

I loved this workshop. I think it really showed us more of what everyday art is.

Everyday art is whatever you want to make it. It can be as simple as a dirty cup you intend to throw in the bin or it can be something as beautiful as all of us coming together to make a tasty lunchtime dish.


Loneliness can consume you and make you think there is no one there for you. People come into your life when you least expect it and are there for you even if you never realise. The more that you let them in, the more the wall of loneliness slowly starts to fade. In this video, the friends I have made over the past month slowly break me down until finally I realise that I am lonely no more.

I think that a simple hug can mean a lot, it can make a persons whole face light up instantly if it’s what they need.

In this video the more hugs that I am given, the more I warm up and start to react to each person. By the last hug, the colour has finally come back into my life and I realise that I don’t have to be alone anymore, that there are these bunch of individuals who want to be here for me. The group hug at the end symbolises that all of us needed a hug, that we were all going through forms of loneliness.

1 thought on “Week 4- Sarah Gibson”

  1. I find the opening shot of this film really strong, compelling, powerful. The emptiness of the shot, the back of you vulnerable, alone, lost. Where are you? who are you? will we the viewer be able to reach in and hug you, it leaves a longing, a compassion a drive. Pity we can’t see the words on the T- Shirt, it needs doing again because of that. I can appreciate and I am compassionate about the process in the rest of the film but conceptually the single figure alone works just perfectly for me, it is spoiled by the friends coming in, the suspension of disbelief is immediately broken and it becomes predictable and sentimental. The loen single figure very much reminds me of Kasper David Friedrich’s painting – ‘The Monk by the Sea’ and ‘Wanderer over the Sea of Fog’ the back of the figure looking out over the sublime landscape, forever at the foot of it, the beginning of it, smaller than it, overwhelmed by it..just your figure at the window gives me both a sense of the sublime and intimacy. It also reminds me of Simon Faithfuls work 0.0 Navigation and his epic journey around the 0.0 longitude line of the earth, we always only see him form behind and watch him disappearing into the distance.

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