Monday, April 18, 2011

April 17 Street Food as Street

In the Arab world, "the street" is an important, in-person place, for discussion and debate about politics. Jon Rubin is a social practice artist known for his Conflict Kitchen project, serving street food from a rotating cast of countries in which the government has a conflict. Rubin distributes the food in wrappers providing his interpretation of what in going on in country, developed by interviews with people in country and from there, but living here. The artist also organizes events around the food stand that operates 7 days a week for lunch in Pittsburgh, forming an in person place for discussion, like "the street". His Waffle Shop is similar, adding webcasts, emanating from the eatery. He has created dozens of works including documenting the fan culture of a Pittsburgh football team, a project that could easily fit with an exploration of Portland's Timbers Army. Talk Monday in the Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Avenue, at the corner of SW Broadway and Hall on the PSU campus. 7:30PM Free