(Let's eat our memories)
The artistic duo Jeschkelanger collaborated with chef Hayk Seirig to present Empty_Glass 05 at the venetian Palazzo Ca`Sagredo. This immersive and overwhelming symposium resulted in an artwork exhibited at A Plus A gallery in Venice for the exhibition Anecdotes on Origin.The multi-course menu served directly on the glass saw each course overlapping. The menu evolved from a series of cherished recipes that each student of the School for Curatorial Studies Venice gave away— Russian Syrniki, Italian pasta al ragù, Iranian Ghormeh Sabzi… Seirig and the artists collaborated to invent a menu that reflected the origins of these recipes, relating their research to the mysterious concept of ‘origin’ more broadly.

Irene Machetti for FAD magazine

Empty_glass is a symposia format focusing on the encounter between Jeschkelanger, the chef Hayk Seirig and invited guests. During the time spent together at the glass table, a multi-course menu is served directly on the glass, with each course overlapping. The conversations and gestures merge into a shared experience. The guests do not know each other and form a temporary community at the table. The glass panel left behind is consulted as an equal protocol. Every guest, no matter how silent, is visible through their position and gestures on the glass plate. The entire group also generates a life sound through contact microphones attached directly to the glass. The sounds of the guests' interaction with the glass flow into a live set of the experimental sound artist Metaboman. With empty_glass, Jeschkelanger searches for the shape of Contact Zones that can manifest themselves upon the materiality of glass.

Stage 1: thank you very much for your message
pickled quail egg, cucumber injection
Stage 2: shifting between ground and time
melon soup, earth, breast milk foam, Candied salt lemons, Young green leafs
Stage 3: pupating chambers
East West Sping Rolls (Sammy/Singapore), Nasi Lemak (Rebecca/Malaysia), Ghormeh Sabzi (Afra/Iran), Smoked Green Mango Salad (Danielle/Seychelles)
Stage 4: these interfaces are full and needy
Tostones (Edurado/Kuba), Dal Dhokli (Priyansha/India), grilled Octopus (Danielle/Seychelles)
Stage 5: and then there is the cultivated loneliness
Hwajeon (Harriet/South Korea), infused Strawberry

Location: Ca'Sagredo, Venice
Date: 29.08.2019
Number of guests: 22
Invitation text by: Harriet Ryu & Priyansha Jain
Materials protocols: Glass, menu from empty_glass 05
Images by: Hannes Greve, Kristi Giambattista, Jeschkelanger