Screening of FOOD + talk by Nato ThompsonOctober 4, 2008 At Eyebeam
FOOD (Gordon Matta-Clark, 1972, 43 min.) is a film documenting the legendary SoHo restaurant and artists’ cooperative that opened in 1971. Owned and operated by Caroline Goodden, FOOD was designed and built largely by Matta-Clark, who also organized art events and performances there.
As a social space, meeting ground, and ongoing art project for the emergent artists’ community, FOOD was a landmark in the history and mythology of 1970s SoHo. The screening will be introduced by Robert Kushner (manager, FOOD ‘72 – ’74).
Nato Thompson, Creative Time curator, and writer on political art and culture, will speak about the prospects for alternative, or “radical”, infrastructures as support systems for work and ideas that may not fit easily into institutional frameworks. He will respond to the work of Other Options as possibilities for a new vocabulary on experimental practices that make transparent the contexts and power structures in which the work is produced.