Food has tempted artists and appeared in artworks since ancient times. In the hands of Sheryll Goh – the fashion-trained visual artist behind the object-focused studio Pandan Dreams – it’s at once inspiration, subject and medium. The vivacious 29-year-old is also one-half of the multidisciplinary outfit Awkward Party (fashion designer Rachael Cheong of the clothing and accessories label Closet Children makes up the other half), which presents a dining experience quite like no other as part of Singapore Art Week 2023 this month.
As part of Singapore Art Week this month, Awkward Party – the multidisciplinary studio Goh founded with fashion designer Rachael Cheong – will stage an interactive dining experience titled Third Wheeling in collaboration with Artichoke. Part meal, part art installation and part theatrical performance with plenty of situations that encourage interaction among guests, the show aims to prod at how people – even strangers – connect and interact over a shared meal.
Yep, you read right. Titled Third Wheeling, the endeavour is a collaboration with the popular contemporary Middle Eastern restaurant Artichoke, where it will be held. And as with Awkward Party’s previous (and first) eponymous project from 2019, it’s been conceptualised to encourage participants to re-examine human connections through the act of eating together. Expect a custom menu by Artichoke’s celebrity chef Bjorn Shen served up amidst Awkward Party’s signature grotesque-meets-cute installations and, uhm, a side of “forced matchmaking” (we did say it would be awkward).
Next month, Goh will follow up with her first solo show under the Pandan Dreams name that involves yet another buzzy player in the local F&B scene: the private dining space Alter Native and its founder/chef Desmond Shen. So who better to discuss food’s simmering relationship with the arts?
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