We read about Lucy and Jorge Orta's project, 70 x 7 The Meal, in the latest issue of Print and were immediately obsessed. The Paris-based contemporary artists have staged communal meals in cities throughout Europe and the U.S. where guests are served seasonal dishes prepared by local chefs on limited edition Royal Limoges porcelain plates and silkscreened tablecloths designed by the Ortas specifically for the occasion...
The meals explore issues of modern society ranging from global problems like the environment to the more localized goal of saving the Andean potato. One part classic dinner party formula (interesting mix of guests + great food = good times), one part performance art, 70 x 7 The Meal sounds like nothing if not a memorable experience. We're not exactly sure how you score an invite to the next meal at an as-yet-undisclosed location, but we're keeping our eyes and ears open.
Visit Studio Orta to see images of all the meals and read more about the project.
(Images: © 2009 by Lucy+Jorge Orta)