phantom limbs

journal by Sam Zimmerman concerning new media arts in New York City, curated events at Monkeytown (the video dinner theater in Williamsburg) and his personal projects

Friday, June 30, 2006

Rehearsed Reverse (tardy)

On Saturday, April 22 (two months ago!) our friend Claude Wampler premiered "Rehearsed Reverse" at Monkey Town. This video/performance piece was created specically for Monkey Town's back dining room in collaboration with the chef, Coleman Lee Foster. The menu is:

garlic flan
with red wine tamarind

garam masala tomato soup
with coconut cream and curried popcorn

papadam crusted tofu
with lime pickle spinach

cucumber fruit salad
with peach vinegar

The menu is served in this reverse order (dessert first, salad last), which is further complicated by an inverted flavor spectrum (savory dessert, sweet salad). The courses also correspond to the movie which is a literal document of the creation of each dish - in reverse time. So you are presented with a dish as soon as it appears, in complete form, on screen. Then as you consume it, it is unmade in the movie. The entire affair is counched in the narrative and musical numbers of a Bollywood chestnut, which runs the emotional gamut from light slapstick comedy to romantic pap to violent tragedy. The entire universe delivered in one efficient sitting.

The program is slated to return to Monkey Town for a long run in September:
Super recommended.