|The 'front door' to Food Con II|
|Truck Farm Indy (that's Mayor Ballard to the left)|
|No, we are not getting a goat|
|Sausage Meatball sandwich - Scratch Truck|
Pint of Osiris - Sun King
|A lot of food on four wheels|
The Art | The weak link in Food Con II was, ironically, the art installations. I get the idea of educating people on the different climate types and the (ever diminishing) bio-diversity on our planet. However, the themed art installations (in Gallery 1 as well as the gym) missed the mark with a subtle scope misstep. It only takes a passing glance at the booths and vendors present at Food Con II to understand that this whole thing, this whole movement, is about all things local, local, local. I would have been happy to see these art galleries give me something about food produced in the Hoosier state or even presented a narrative about Midwest food.
Also, I'll be the first to tell you that the art critic in me is an un-educated, small minded person who asks himself all too often, "That's considered art?" So I wasn't surprised to see a number of themed pieces evoke such little emotion from me. Now that's not say the various 'wall' art displayed in main gallery was not interesting or did not support the event's theme. I just walked out of the gym and the main gallery scratching my head and feeling a little underwhelmed. Oh well, there's always next year.
The Social Construction of Eating | I've been categorized as the 'over-educated' in some of my closest social circles. As I think about this final section, I can see where they're coming from. The social construction of eating? What the hell does that even mean!? In short, the act of consuming food is something that we perform socially. When we eat, we use family customs, rules set by our particular location, community traditions, and so on. We use these guidelines to choose what to eat, how we consume it, as well as the 'when' and 'where' of how we eat.
|The Harrison Center's new public space is appreciated and well positioned|
|I absolutely love this gymnasium|
|Studio AMF working the crowd outside of Gallery 2|
To sum up the evening, I socialized with a lot of friends, acquaintances, co-workers, and politicians enjoying a wonderful Friday evening in a wonderful city. It was an inspiring evening and it is exciting to see these events, the people who make it happen, and the people attending all take a moment to think about what they eat, how they eat it, and where their food originates.
Update: It appears that I was mistaken about the scope of the art installations in the main gallery. They were referring to different food related social phenomena. Still, the exhibit's execution was a bit muddled, in my humble opinion.