Field Guides to Food

Rachel Jendrzejewski, Multidisciplinary Artist, all video

Rachel Jendrzejewski, a multidisciplinary artist, talks about her Stranger-Stranger Supper Series, which brought together strangers from various walks of life to play roles they normally would never have inhabited. She goes on to discuss the fluidity of the nature of theater and the performance of everyday life, as well as potential applications that the medium might have for furthering the discourse surrounding food systems.

(0:00) Introduction (0m 0s in the edited version)
The Stranger-Stranger Supper Series (0:30) (0m 6s)
The dance theater collaboration (2:08)
Family history project (4:14)

(5:43) The Stranger-Stranger Supper Series (1m 37s)
“Great and bizarre” (5:48) (1m 40s)
Interaction with other tables (6:58) (2m 52s)
Serious discussion (7:36) (3m 30s)
The third dinner (8:18) (4m 10s)
What came of it (8:48) (4m 41s)

(10:05) Audience participation
A wide range of reactions (10:26)
Questions of identity (11:05)

(12:39) Performance as art (5m 57s)
“The performance of everyday life” (14:11) (6m 48s)
Performing art as an exploration of the self (14:23) (7m 30s)
Having real conversations (15:30) (8m 31s)
Changing the rules for social interaction (16:23) (9m 24s)
Questioning social norms (17:12) (10m 12s)

(17:31) The audience
“The partial experience” (18:14)
Unusual interactions (19:04)
Taking on roles (21:51)
Steered by the collective (22:24)

(23:04) Enhancing the sound
A thought for the future (23:12)
Suited to an intimate environment (23:29) 
Another performative layer (23:36)
Taking away the ambiguity between performer/audience member (23:55)

(24:43) Choosing the restaurants
Scoping out possibilities (25:30)
Helping out the ones in need (27:21)

(28:16) How does the theater aspect change things? (10m 29s)
A liberating experience (31:17) (10m 36s)
Tailoring the roles (32:07) (11m 14s)
The most valuable thing (32:47) (12m 5s)

(33:59) The ambiguity of theater (12m 33s)
Different ways to participate (36:06) (13m 4s)
Shared experience (37:08) (13m 30s)
“Who are you really?” (37:23) (13m 47s)

(39:05) Constructing the roles (12m 33s)
Realistic personas (39:14) (14m 37s)
Different walks of life (39:26)
Giving the actors room to breathe (40:06) (15m 11s)

(43:30 Places to take this (17m 32s)
Where to go next (44:10)
A time-intensive process (44:43)
Successful on a lot of levels (45:21) (17m 37s)
Something to revisit (45:33) (17m 47s)
Applications for a study of the food system (45:46) (18m 1s) 
Avoiding stereotypes (47:35)
Giving lots of specific detail (47:48)
Playing with sexual orientation (48:20)

(50:31) Designing for different levels of participation
Engaging at different levels (51:01)
A very difficult event to explain (51:25)

(52:17) Theater that is not exactly theater
A place of investigating the form (53:54)
A fuzzy line (54:21)
Interacting with other people in a more meaningful way (54:32)
More funding available (54:40)

(56:30) The place of theater artists in society (19m 7s)
A big question constantly being asked (57:30)
“Showing a mirror to society” (57:36) (19m 10s)
A shared experience (58:01) (19m 31s)
Raise questions (58:27) (19m 56s)
Expanding minds (58:34) (20m 4s)
Creating a space for meditation (58:50) (20m 10s)

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