A Beginner's Guide to the Art of Throwing the Perfect Chocolate Fountain Party

Installation, three-day performance, single-channel video. 2016.
Dimensions variable.
Video duration: 11 minutes 34 seconds.

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco

Over the course of three days, the gallery functioned as a film set, where a large audience watched the filming as a continuous live performance.

In this satirical presentation of table etiquette based on a 1945 American television commercial, four people enjoy a chocolate fountain dinner party, while a narrator raises questions on the potential faux-pas of the dinner guests.

As the party goes on, a sense of absurdity accumulates. For example, when the hostess is struggling to cut an Oreo cookie, the narrator interrogates: should she place her fork tines between the letters "OR" and "EO", or, should she stick the fork directly into the filling?

In reference to Luis Buñuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), the piece examines how the concept of Western utopia has often been built around people’s shared imagination of it, and therefore bears the ultimate divide between fiction and reality.

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