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Consuming Rituals: New Approaches to the Quotidian

Cluett, Emily (2017) Consuming Rituals: New Approaches to the Quotidian. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Cluett, Emily

This thesis and accompanying exhibition examine the rituals associated with food preparation and consumption. Meals always have been, and always will be, essential to human existence, both physically and culturally, which makes them a rich area not only for research, but also experimentation. Of the nine interdisciplinary artists in the associated group exhibition Consumed, some present newly imagined rituals, while others highlight rituals that are subconscious or overlooked. Whereas food has been incorporated into artistic practices for decades, this project is focused on the rituals associated with food. Due to the performative and repetitive nature of these rituals, the artworks in Consumed are instruction-based. The exhibition presents visitors with the opportunity to enact the artists’ instructions in a show of participatory aesthetics. This thesis achieves a new understanding of mealtime rituals’ nuanced complexities, and suggests contemporary approaches to eating could benefit from renewed attention to mindfulness and meaningful social connection.

Date: April 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: ritual, food, consumption, instruction-based, instructions, relational aesthetics, participatory
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Criticism and Curatorial Practice
Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 14:59
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 23:15
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1633

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