In Partnership with Refettorio Felix, Flat Time House and RTM.FM
Supported by Arts Council England
Surplus food supply from Felix Project
With Kind Support from Nicoletta Fiorucci Russo and Good Produce Ltd
Co-curated by Open Space Founding Director Huma Kabakcı and Artist Laura Wilson, I Have Eaten It is a 4-week kitchen takeover at Refettorio Felix, a charity based at St. Cuthbert’s Centre in West London providing creative experiences around food for vulnerable people. Over this period, we created a tailored weekly meal using seasonal, and waste food, with recipes or ingredients, contributed by 9 international artists:
Moza Almatrooshi, Sondos Azzam, Lauren Godfrey, Charles Harrison, Hannah Lees, Raju Rage, Nora Silva, Laura Wilson & Caroline Wong
The evolving menu and culinary experience was accompanied by a programme of public events including Memory Foam: an artist-led bread-making workshop, a public screening and Sound Bites, a series of radio interviews In partnership with RTM.FM, a community radio station run by TACO!. The project will also host a fundraising dinner cooked by renowned chef Chef Ramael Scully and artwork sales, with proceeds going towards Refettorio Felix.
I Have Eaten It explored food politics, production systems, and consumption. The project title references the story of artist John Latham’s 1966 ‘happening’, where he invited students to dismember a library copy of Clement Greenberg’s Art and Culture, at the time a tome on how to best make art. Together they chewed up the pages, collecting the remains into a jar which was then distilled with the pure spirit of Art and Culture, and returned to the library at Central Saint Martins in lieu of the book. Subsequently, Latham lost his job but the work was bought by MOMA, New York. We are taking this provocative act as a departure point to spark discussion around the social politics of food, excess, or the lack of food and food systems through visual arts.
A publication developed with artist and designer Joanna Brinton was created to accompany the project including a curatorial text by Huma Kabakci and Laura Wilson, along with artists’ contributions, menu inserts, drawings, musings, and more.
To download I Have Eaten It publication please click here.
13 February 2022, 14:00-16:00
Take a look at our Bread Making Workshop here
16 February 2022, 18:30 – 20:30
Take a look at our Public Screening Even here
24 February 2022, 19:00 – 23:00
Take a look at our Fundraiser Event here
We Have Eaten It
23 March, 2022, 18:00 – 19:30
Take a look at our online webinar here
Sound Bites X RTM TACO!
As part of I Have Eaten It, Open Space and visual artist Laura Wilson collaborated with South London Radio show RTM @rtm.fm to bring to you the interview series, Sound Bites.
Sound Bites was designed as a way of expanding on the conversations we had in the kitchen and throughout the project with all collaborators, including participating artists and partners.
Take a look at our Sound Bites page here
Photo Credit: I Have Eaten It organised by Open Space in partnership with Refettorio Felix, co-curated by Huma Kabakci & Laura Wilson. Photos by Samuel Nightingale.