Food, Gift-giving, and Diaspora — Proposed by Hannah Kim Varamini

Refracting the form of the potluck through the idea of gift exchanges (a la Marcel Mauss) and also analysis on the form of the meal (a la Roland Barthes), this Assembly begins with research and culminates in one or more…

Food, Gift-giving, and Diaspora — Proposed by Hannah Kim Varamini

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Refracting the form of the potluck through the idea of gift exchanges (a la Marcel Mauss) and also analysis on the form of the meal (a la Roland Barthes), this Assembly begins with research and culminates in one or more communal meals. The group will focus on researching the form of the potluck/potlatch historically, food as activism and aesthetic practice more recently (from the Futurists to Fluxus to Relational Aesthetics), and food on the formation of diasporic identity. Under particular consideration is North Korean food as a case study, raising questions around access, authenticity, and ideology.

This Assembly begins with reading/researching the intersections of food, gift-practices, and diasporic identities, along with the development of one or a series of communal meals (potentially open to the public).

Ideal size of the group: 5-10

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