“Party of—” is an interactive performance installation that explores what it means to eat by asking questions about consumption: How do/are you consume/d? At whose expense does consumption happen? Can one avoid being consumed by what one consumes—that is, “becoming what you eat”? What are the structures that uphold oppressive systems of consumption?
While interacting with each other and with the audience, the performers will play the roles of the customer, the server, and the meal. Using dance, theatre, and spoken word, the performers will portray consuming, being consumed, and the different actions we all take along that spectrum in order to survive. Anchoring the performance space is a large table with several place settings consisting of tactile art engagements such various forms of packaging, scraps of material, photographs, and bottled scents. At first, the performers are contained by a transparent barrier that separates them from the audience. This denotes the largely invisible production and consumption cycles present in all our lives. Through this work, we seek to make those cycles more apparent and visible to audience members.
We will activate the entire performance space through projections, screens, soundscapes, durational performances, and tactile art engagements. Upon entering the space, audience members will encounter screens displaying various media platforms such as YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram. The soundscape will be a layered mix of notification sounds (email, text message, alarm), the sounds of cutlery, and the opening of packages, all grounded by an instrumental track.