Ravioli from Temporary Services

23 Oct

Ravioli on a public phone bank in Boston

This is an adorable, incredible idea. Art21 interviewed the artist collective Temporary Services, which pursues a lot of projects that work art into daily life. One of those is the distribution of ravioli in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Chiang Mai. Ravioli are plastic packets with various small objects inside, attached to walls in public places, left in the spokes of locked-up bicycles, or hung on clotheslines. The packets are heat-sealed and have to be ripped open. They are distributed in public, but in places that are also considered semi-private. Ravioli ask people to transgress the packets’ public appearance to find their interior. They relate public space to the private, “inside” to “outside.”

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2 Responses to “Ravioli from Temporary Services”

  1. brittthomas October 25, 2010 at 2:02 am #

    I like how the artists liken their art to food, calling the packets ravioli and the innards ingredients. Their mission is about sharing and generosity, engaging in people’s everyday appetites for things that don’t require them giving anything in return. I absolutely love this concept and it makes me feel all warm and fuzz all over. I mean, the way they have replaced giving art away in the same method that others sell or try to influence you (like leaving ads instead) does open another kind of experience to us pedestrians.

  2. kbless October 25, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    I really like this idea too. I think this is a great example of Bourriaud’s idea of relational aesthetics. It seems especially effective because it is placed directly in the public eye, and can’t really be avoided. Even if someone wanted to avoid them, these artistic gestures inevitably affect a person whether they want it to or not.

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