[Photos by ‘Pling]
[First filed: Jul 20, 2010 @ 9:58]
[UPDATE: The bread is truly sensational! Popped in last night!]
I’m intrigued to see this event coming up, this weekend, at the Front.
As a student who recently finished her phd in political science (which was a feral and evil, hard slog – something I would recommend to no one) I *adore* that this is a part of an art student’s phd process… a part of me wishes I’d done my phd in art, not pol sci. but then, i’d’ve never been creative enough to come up with something like this.
I wonder if he’ll swap a loaf for my recently acquired graduation ceremony program…
Art-Is-An Bread at The Front.
(Friday 23rd 9am to Sunday 25th 10pm)
It’s like breathing.
Flour in; bread out.
Stuff in; bread out.
Money in; stuff out.
Flour in; money out.
Robert Guth will channel the souls of the former baker tenants of The Front Café and Gallery in Lyneham, Canberra by setting up his first Art-Is-An Bread baking installation in that location for three days, from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th July. During that time he will bake half a ton (500kg) of artisan sourdough.
How do you get some? Well, what is bread worth to you? A toaster or tea cup, salad or an old TV? Maybe another loaf of bread? Or a bunch of carrots? Perhaps even some art?
Whatever you think a loaf of bread is worth, bring it in and swap it for a loaf of sourdough Art-Is-An Bread. The stuff you bring to swap will then be offered to others at the event, in exchange for a voluntary donation. It’s a simple transmutation – Bread turns into stuff, stuff turns into money, money turns into paying expenses.
Why is this happening? Robert makes work that encourages the viewer to think about the value of their time, stuff, and money. He likes baking bread and has found a way to use his passion as part of his PhD at the ANU School of art. This artwork is part of his research into how participants (people who like bread) value objects and participation. You may be documented and chatted to when you come down for your bread.
If you don’t come what will Robert do with 500 loaves of bread?