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Randy Lee Cutler Vancouver, Canada

Hors d’oeuvres

FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St.
Co-presented by LIVE and FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery


8 PM

Location: Vancouver Art Gallery

Welcome to Hors d’oeuvres, an unusual cooking show staged in a courtroom. Your chef, Hedda Cabbage serves up conversation
while you the audience are sustained with samplings of local fare. As you order from the menu, Hedda forages the landscape for evidence of west coast food culture.

Hors d’oeuvres literally means “outside the work” or appetizers served before or outside of the main dishes of a meal (the œuvre). Expanding upon the implications of this, Hors d’oeuvres digs up stories and anecdotes of pacific cuisine indicating what is often not digested with traditional consumption. The performance harvests the whole of food or what belongs to the space and time of sustenance. The type of food served during the performance (salmon, mushrooms, locally grown produce, etc.) becomes the departure point for conversation. While seldom visible with the meal/work, this information becomes part of the repast, its nourishments and our collective ingestion.

Randy Lee Cutler is an artist, educator and writer. Her practice investigates the expanded relationships between mediation, diversity, critical theory, and embodied knowledge. In addition to performance work that engage with the spaces between theory, sustenance and play, her similarly informed videos, have screened nationally and internationally. As a professor and associate dean at Emily Carr Institute she teaches and fosters links between cultural studies, art history, and media theory.