Taste Tapestry

ABOUT

Taste Tapestry was our first commission by the University of Birmingham Engagement Dept and Lapworth Museum of Geology, to form part of the Lapworth Lates. 

Ever wondered what a fossil might taste like? Taste Tapestry was a multi-sensory experience that combined food and beautifully crafted movement. The piece was durational and explored the link between superfood trends in modern society and the diet of herbivore dinosaurs.

 

Inspired by the brief, ‘Dinosaurs in Popular Culture’, we became fascinated with trends like the paleo/caveman diet which led us to the discussions of superfoods such as Spirulina and Cacao. How have we created a full 360 in our diets and were now considering eating foods like spirulina, one of the oldest inhabitants of the planet, appearing 3.6 billion years ago, it provided an evolutionary bridge between bacteria and green plants. So often we enter into a museum and we can look and listen to the different artefacts, but what if we had the chance to taste and smell them too? 

 

We had smorgasbords of plant’s that would have been around the time of the dinosaurs (or things that replicated plants) for people to try. These were mixed with the raw superfoods that people eat today as part of the paleo diet. 

 

After the boards, performers dressed as creatures emerged and began interacting with the audience and the space. Using the idea of animalistic territory, space and survival of the fittest.

This was created and performed in July 2018.

CREDITS

 

Partners:

Lapworth Museum of Geography

University of Birmingham Public Engagement 

Production Manager:

Elliott Mitchell 

Photography Credits:

Greg Milner

Videography:

Alex Earle (alex URL)

Devisors/Performers:

Eleanor Rattenbury 

Marcus Paragpuri 

Laurs Oakley