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Communal Dining Becomes Art in New SXSW Installation

“Feast” by Caitlin Pickall will be on display during the festival


One of the six art installations named for this year’s SXSW focuses on the communal dining table. “Feast,” a multimedia installation from American artist Caitlin Pickall, will be on display at the JW Marriott, Room 305 throughout the festival, from March 9 through 17.

“Feast” first appeared in 2017 as “Spring Table,” conceived as part of Pickall’s Laboratory Artist Residency program in Spokane, Washington. In the installation, the dining table serves as a projection surface. A dynamic sound and video program is triggered when people sit at the table, with each seat contributing to the overall effect, leading to a unique “dining” experience for everyone seated.

According to the SXSW website:

Photography, video and archival images related to the cultivation, preparation and consumption of food combine with abstract, computer-generated animations to create a feast for the senses.

Take a sneak peek of the installation below. SXSW takes place from Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 18.

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