Answering two questions, I earned myself a place for The Unearthed Dinners series organised by Food For Thought and Singapore Art Museum. It is a collaborative effort to get strangers together to just have conversations about art, culture and our various perspectives on the things around us over dinner.
Here are the two questions:
- Nurture ________ Nature (Fill in the blank)
- If you were given the plot of land at the Singapore Art Museum front courtyard for one year, what would you do with it?
I attended something similar last year as part of the Singapore Biennale 2013.
Anyway, I dined at a table full of strangers for two hours and just like the last time, it was a refreshing and wonderful experience for me. I had fun and I felt at ease at the table. No intimidation or awkwardness.
Here were some answers from the first question that left an impression on me:
- Nurture with Nature.
- Nurture and Nature.
Nurture ____ Nature (With a circle drawn encompassing both words)
The people were all different but I am glad that I sat opposite a lady that was approachable and easy to talk to. We laughed at each other’s responses and took turns to take the first bite out of the dishes. There were two rounds of card games involved to get each other talking about how we viewed ourselves, nature and The Arts in Singapore. We completed them pretty quick so we went on to come up with our own questions to share more with the other person.
At my side of the table, I was closer to one of the invited artist as well as a curator.
Conversations were easy to start and the thought processes we each had were different, so many things were brought to the table to discuss, listen and take in other questions and answers. It was an honor to be listening to great theories and ideas and concepts these individuals have about certain things.
And the best surprise will be the food served.
Being the chef’s personal answers to the same two questions we had to answer, the dishes were unexpected and done up with much thought. The taste, texture and ingredients used were a total surprise and entirely unexpected.
For example, the first dish served was a slice of cooked watermelon. Yup. And it was delicious by the way. Oh, and the dessert served that looked like a hard boiled egg? That was actually milk agar with peach.
You get the point. Hahaha.
Anyway, I am super glad I went since I admire and really appreciate the works both artists did for the Unearthed exhibition going on at the Singapore Art Museum. Happy that I visited the entire exhibition way before attending this dinner.
It was a wonderful Wednesday night.