Around the Dinner Table functions as an installation for collective performance.
The above documentation is taken from a performance at the Getty Center in October of 2011.
HOW IT WORKS:
A banquet table is stocked with an abundance of food. There is a single chair at the table. A camera faces the chair. Behind the camera is a large projection screen. A looped video plays: close-ups of mouths chewing and full of food. Below the camera, there is a sign: This food is free but please sit in the chair at the table as you eat. As one sits down in the chair, the looped video is replaced by the camera’s live stream. One eats while facing her own magnified projection. As one rises from the chair, the looped video resumes playing.