One of the streams of Branch Nebula’s work is inclusion – creating participatory works that actively engage community to be part of the artwork as the main protagonists. Branch Nebula offer ourselves as artists/art makers in residence. We have the experience and the strategies to create new works with local communities.
© Anna Kucera
The event took place in Bigge Park, Liverpool, on Saturday 30 April, it opened with night food markets, live cooking demonstrations from local participants, a DJ set, soap box performances by ‘Food Warriors’, and roaming ‘Food Security Guards’ engaging audience members in discussions about food security. The four-hour program was hosted by performance artist Mish Grigor, who interviewed participants in front of an audience of over 2,000 members of the general public who attended throughout the evening. Leaders in the food security sector, in costumes, designed by Carlos Gomes, reflecting their individual causes, were carried through the crowd by their teams and chanting slogans. These ‘Food Warriors’ then led the audience to the Food Fight arena, a large transparent inflatable structure designed by Genevieve Murray of Future Method Studio, which gradually rose from the ground. Over three rounds, the Food Warriors’ teams entered the inflatable arena, taking part in a fight with rotten tomatoes, beans and strawberries – a spectacular enaction of food waste. This was witnessed by a 100-seat al-fresco banquet designed by the artists and cooked from recipes provided by local ‘Food Heroes’ from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds – giving policy makers, stakeholders, recipients of food relief and community champions a chance to engage in meaningful dialogue. Over the course of the evening, over 150 people participated in, and more than 2,000 people witnessed the spectacular live art event.
Pastor Mick Agius
Food Security Guards
Food Fight was commissioned by C3West on behalf of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and presented by Liverpool City Council in collaboration with Casula Powerhouse.