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virtual care lab: A Center In A Table

Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 10:00 AM

$5 - $15
Online tickets not available

Sunday, July 12 at 10AM

virtual care lab: A Center In A Table


$5 - $15
Online tickets not available
A Center In A Table | Sunday, July 12, 2020 — 10 AM PST • 1 PM EST • 7 PM CET
Presented by virtual care lab and Amanda Maciel Antunes

This virtual meal time is a part of an ongoing performance-video series by artist Amanda Maciel Antunes that brings together a group of people you may or may not know in the sharing of our collective memories and our relationships with food and one another.

Dear guest,

A Center In A Table began over a year ago, in my studio, as a way to approach a new community and the diversity of the Los Angeles landscape. I’m from Brazil, and I moved to Los Angeles six years ago. As I quickly realized that meeting my neighbors and seeing the richness and the diversity of this city was not such an easy feat, I felt that I needed to be more intentional. So I began by inviting friends and oftentimes strangers I met in passing to a blind-gathering “potluck style” to share a meal and explore the intersections of food and memory. Six dinners have been recorded so far.

The Meal

I invite you to bring a dish that is special to you and that is related to a past memory, and to share this memory at the gathering. Each guest has a designated time to share, and with your permission I would like to video/sound record these collective memories.

This iteration of the project will be a little different as we experience social distancing and we can’t possibly share meals with one another. However, I do believe that our stories and our relationship to food has increasingly become a primary and urgent focus in our lives.

The name of this gathering A Center In A Table is one of the last lines in Gertrude Stein's book of poems Tender Buttons, which speaks to the unfamiliar-familiar, and which inspired the philosophy of this gathering. A tablecloth made of paper or natural fiber is usually used under each of the guest’s plates for all dinners and those stained papers/cloth eventually become an artifact of a performance/a moment in time. Since I can’t have a tablecloth brought to your various homes, I would like to invite you to place a piece of paper under your food, or under something you’re cooking, eating and preparing for this gathering. Let that paper get stained, ripped, tossed, dampen. And see what happens as a result.


This gathering will take place on Zoom and Online Town, with a capacity of 15 participants. Suggested donation is $5-15, with no one turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds will benefit Summaeverything Community Center, which distributes free organic produce boxes to those in need in Los Angeles.

virtual care lab is a new series of experiments in remote connection, and is powered by NAVEL.

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