Your Jewish grandmother isn’t the only one that sees the meal as performance space.
I was fascinated watching this odd new work by NYC performance (and graphic and fabric ) artist Julia Mandle.
Chicky Meal was based on the American citizen’s declining participation in democracy and the prevalent attitude that one doesn’t have to put in as much as one expects to get out of the world. Julia Mandle began her exploration of the subject with the questions, “What is the ‘deal’ that American democracy offers the world today?” and “Is American consumer culture replacing civic responsibility?”
In researching these questions, Mandle drew on disparate sources, starting with an article about a KFC franchise in Karachi that was repeatedly bombed, and the cheerful, iconic advertisement found in English among the charred rubble, “Come & Have a Chicky Meal, Cuz You’re Gonna Love This Deal.” This slogan was translated into a bright neon sign that flashed over the installation, Chicky Meal, that Mandle created for Montclair State University.