clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Communal Dining Becomes Art in New SXSW Installation

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

Erin Russell is associate editor of Eater Austin, a native Austinite, and a big fan of carbs.

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.