An interactive event
Physical humiliation with stabilisers

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” (Saul Alinsky)

Responding (in part) to current political issues surrounding the detention of prisoners, food fight elaborates on the medieval practice of throwing ripe fruit and rotten eggs at (accused) criminals in the town square. Members of the public are invited to settle conflicts or differences of opinion by taking part in a very public food fight, using leftovers from a local market.

Participants don plastic overalls and safety goggles, before selecting a bucket of soft fruit and vegetables to take with them into the arena. Here they are given 5 minutes to publicly expose and humiliate their ‘guilty’ or differing opponents. Is this act of voluntary joint humiliation also an act of conciliation or negotiation?

Variation: A catalogue of opinions is compiled by the artists. If a member of the public disagrees with these opinions they are entitled to pelt the opinionated artists with fruit and vegetables.
We hope to take Food Fight on tour in the near future. Please let us know if you would like further technical specifications.


4 Responses to “Food Fight”

  1. 1 Kaspar March 18, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Food Fight can not compare with recent revelations regarding the interrogation and torture of prisoners, but the enjoyment (or rush) we may experience from the physical abuse of one another (both administering and watching), could give the proceedings an uneasy edge. Are we still able to have fun? Probably! The gladiatorial nature of the event also implicates our viewing audience within the proceedings. What is the role and significance of the spectator?

  2. 2 Kaspar March 18, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Other public food fighting traditions include:
    Egging (UK) / Tomatina (Spain) / Carnival of Ivrea (Italy)

  3. 3 Kaspar March 18, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Notes on ‘humiliation’

    If “humiliation is the process of being made humble” (Wikipedia), can we combat a lack of humbleness within the arts by submitting ourselves to an act of humiliation?

    Roots: Humiliation stems from the Latin ‚humilis’ (‚low’ or ‚lowly’) and ‚humus’ (‚ground’). Literally, “reducing to dirt”.

    “Humiliation often results in violent retaliation and revenge.” (emotional

  4. 4 Brightbird March 26, 2008 at 11:40 am

    and fruit and veg rot into humus too…

    But “ashes to ashes, dust to dust”; returning to earth can also be an a sanctification. The San Bushmen of the Kalahari rub the dry earth into the bodies of animals they have killed, in reverence and gratitude.

    How does that fit in?

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