The Silence Meal is a performative dining experience hosted by the Finnish artist Nina Backman. The performance experiments with a series of steps revolving around senses and silence. The meal follows a specific frame and is officially opened when the artist sits down.
Attending to the rituals of a meal in a way that is free of verbal distraction, the communality of silence brings with it an intensity unique to the occasion.
All photo documentation is done without partisipants present, usually of the traces after the meal, except for a group picture at the beginning. The participants will be asked for permission before this picture is taken. In addition to pictures, the sound of the meal is recorded.
Menu presented at the dinner:
Green pea soup with snow crab in aspic
Tarragon emulsion and pea sprouts
«Christmas on a plate»
Red wine glazed rib, «medister» / duck sausage, pureed red cabbage, Brussels sprouts and green apples
Pork crackling, sauce and caramelized potatoes
Butterscotch with cloud berries
Mandarin orange cake and «krumkake» ice cream
More about the Silence Meal:
Thus, in removing the ingredient of the spoken word, guests are left free to explore a myriad of sensory experiences that can be both physical, emotional, spiritual or cultural in nature. Through being in the company of one’s own voice, the Silence Meal presents its guests with an opportunity to observe what emerges in place of unspoken interaction.
Each meal, being a unique constellation, is documented in a variety of ways, including through film, photography and sound. And in weaving together the traces left by the different Silence Meals, an experiential collage comes into being.