Eat Your Art Out, The Performance Arcade 2018


“your hot chocolate is why we have tastebuds” Kath, 67 years

Eat your art out was an interactive souvenir shop selling edible mementos of the Performance Arcade 2018.

Visitors tantalised their taste buds with decadent hand-crafted chocolate mementos and sumptuous art waters. Each edible souvenir had a unique flavour/texture to represent an individual artwork or performance within the arcade. There were souvenirs available for the following works: Forecasting, Away, Gold instrumental, Felt Room & Haumapuhia rises. See below for a full menu of the delights that were on offer.

Souvenirs are usually permanent objects that are poor imitations of the potent experiences they were trying to capture, often relegated to the back of a drawer, before being discarded in the yearly spring clean.

“The word souvenir… now denotes almost anything either breakable or useless; but even today, ninety percent of the items covered by the word are forgettable objects in which cigarettes can be left to go stale”, Alan Coren. 

EYAO played against the traditional souvenir narrative, the souvenirs could not be kept and were instead consumed, becoming another fleeting moment, a passing memory.  In creating edible mementos, EYAO mirrored the ephemeral and temporary nature inherent in performance art. EYAO provided souvenirs worth consuming.

After consuming the memento, visitors left a memory in its’ place, refilling the empty vessel that contained the souvenir and becoming part of the artwork.

Our delightful souvenir shop will be returning again soon, to keep informed of the next destination and hear about other food performances please enter your email address here.

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For info on the arcade

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Out Of The Box, a culinary carnival – The Performance Arcade 2013



Dr. Floss: “I do not foretell the future, I am but a vessel, the floss speaks through me…. tell me what do you see in the candy-floss?”

This two-part culinary carnival (Feast upon your fortune and How to mend a broken heart) cured ailments of the heart with chocolate and foretold the future with candy-floss, for over 150 visitors on the Wellington Waterfront as part of THE PERFORMANCE ARCADE 2013.

Feast upon your fortune

The public feasted on specially flavoured candy-floss such as Lost in the forest (rosemary) and Smoke on the water(smoked mussel) while being told of their fortune by our resident fortune teller Dr.floss.

How to mend a broken heart

Broken valentines wandering the waterfront were cured of their ailments. Our chocolate heart mender whipped up a variety of chocolate cures, such as cumin, coriander and chilli, and apple and cinnamon.

Our delightful carnival folk will be returning again soon, to keep informed of the carnival’s next destination and hear about other food performances please enter your email address here.

An interview with Caitlin Le Harivel in the capital times: http://www.capitaltimes.co.nz/Mend-your-broken-heart

Further information on the arcade: http://theplaygroundnz.com/the-performance-arcade-2/

The Mad Roaster’s Dinner Party

Supper Club 2012: Ronald Mc Donald House Wellington

This prestigious fundraising event hosted more than 300 guests who enjoyed outstanding cuisine at thirty eight of Wellington’s finest eateries, plus two unique dining experiences at venues across the city. Caitlin Le Harivel directed, designed and cooked ‘The Mad Roasters Dinner Party” a unique dining experience which was auctioned on the night for several thousand dollars.

Diners entered a mad world of the strange and unexpected. Eliza the eccentric proprietor and mastermind of the coffee emporium held the audience captive with her quirky behaviour, endless supply of coffee lore and delightful chit chat. Her determined sidekick a political activist tried to rally against her while fighting against his addiction to the mighty bean. The audience was entertained by the characters throughout the evening all while being fed a sumptuous coffee themed menu.

Included in the experience were Eliza’s Coffee Emporium newsheets, menu cards and poetry created especially for the performance.