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Cucumberophonology

By David Michael Perez

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Although it has evaded status as an area of critical study for a long time, food sits at the intersection of all personal, political, and socio-cultural fields. How it gets to us and how we consume it is immensely telling of our larger cultural milieus. And let's not forget that it can be immensely enjoyable. Within this spirit, the 2007 Cut and Splice festival "explores the social, political and cultural aesthetics of food," primarily in the field of sound art. A collaboration between the UK's Sonic Arts Network and BBC Radio 3, this year's festival is being held on Saturday, November 24th. With an ensemble of instruments that includes carrot flutes, pumpkin basses, leek violins, leek-zucchini-vibrators, cucumberophones, and celery bongos, the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra will be conjuring a sonic miasma as healthy as it is compelling. On the more prurient end of the spectrum, noise artist R.H.Y. Yau's performance will be similar to a palate-cleansing habenero pepper. Pieces by John Cage and Alvin Lucier will also be performed in this day of culinary and sonic vibrations.


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