Join us at the opening of Autumn Moon over Potato Blossom Mountain by The Hotham Street Ladies. Encounter this epic icing sugar homage to excess, share stories of weird and wonderful food failures, devour tasty treats made from surplus food, and enjoy cocktails discovered by accident.
Inspired by a 2013 image of South Korean teenagers throwing a ‘potato party’ in response to a McDonalds French fry discount, Autumn Moon over Potato Blossom Mountain references the excessive consumption inherent in the images of French fries piled across the table. Does this scene represent our failing food culture or provide motivation for change and preservation of food diversity?
Celebrating the exhibition opening on National Failure Day, the Curator and the Hotham Street Ladies invite guests to bring stories, photos, drawings, or recipes of personal or community food failures. From failed baking ventures, diet fads, to issues surrounding food waste, this documentation will be posted on a gallery wall to create a collective story celebrating our failures as increased knowledge, and provide a narrative discussing solutions to food challenges into the future.
Tasty and nutritious morsels made from surplus food will be provided at the Opening as a commitment to reducing food waste. Cocktails which have been discovered by fortuitous accident will be available for purchase.
Autumn Moon over Potato Blossom Mountain is presented as part of Absolutely Famished, a creative exploration of future food and the 22nd century marketplace curated by Dr Renee Beale.
Image: The Hotham Street Ladies, Detail: Autumn Moon over Potato Blossom Mountain