Mesa is a project by artist Inês Neto dos Santos. It exists in the form of various eating experiences, which challenge our encounters with art and are designed as platforms for creative discussion and conversation.
Mesa means 'table' in Portuguese. The table is an object / space which stands at the base and heart of this project. It is the starting point for each event and, whatever its format, symbolises gathering, exchanges and collaboration.
at 4Cose, Vyner Street. September 2017
A tasting evening for the senses: exploring stories and histories of honey, exploring this sticky substance’s hidden values and wide geographies. Sweet, savoury and in between: all bites will contain this golden viscous element.
HONEY invites you to get stuck into its gloopy, uncontainable, sensual, radical, borderless, mythical sweeteness. How can these qualities be representative of contemporary limits, boundaries, margins? What is so attractive about slippery stickyness?
SPECIAL GUEST: Natasha Cox performs a new work ‘This is not the place’. Made while on a residency at the Merz Barn, the site of Kurt Schwitters’ last Merz. The actual work, a mixed media plaster relief, was removed in 1965 and relocated to the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle. A large canvas photographic image of the work rests in its place. Soundtrack accompaniment from Phil Swan.
Images by Carlotta Marangone.
The Happiest Barrack
Gallery Six, London, June 2017
For this event, Mesa invited filmmaker Noémi Varga to screen her recent film The Happiest Barrack and collaborate on the creation of an immersive eating experience.
The film observes the effect of the socialist era of the country’s history on the individual through the retelling of the director’s maternal grandmother’s life. This experimental documentary, a 15-minute long single take through the everydays of one of the so called “kommunalka’s (shared apartments) shows the dramatic impact and the structure of Kádár’s Hungary.
Following the screening, guests experienced an intricate 5-course meal inspired by the themes and aesthetics of the film, exploring traditional Hungarian cuisine with a contemporary touch. Each course, including a specially crafted drink, were designed to take guests on a journey through and beyond the film. Images by Liliane Spielmann
Vyner Street, 2016
An evening exploring both the timelessness and volatile nature of transition. How long can we linger under thresholds? Do we live in a constant in between state? For the event, two contemporary short films were screened, relating to ideas of boundaries and transitional states. They were accompanied by a 5-course dinner, which interpreted and explored the themes of the films through flavour, texture and colour.
In collaboration with Egle Pernare, filmmaker and artist (photos by Egle).
Royal College of Art, 2016
How can familiarity be challenged at the dinner table? What is eating etiquette? How do we eat - and how do the tools we use influence our experience of food, individually and collectively?
An eating experience, where participants explored how tools and materials can change the way we understand food.
In collaboration with Irina Razumovskaya, ceramic artist, who specially designed the cutlery for the event.