Diversity Dinner

Emma Konnaris

Thursday, 29th April

6pm for 6.30pm start, vegetarian Indian buffet meal included with registration.

This sound installation is an extension of a performance that occurred at last year’s TINA festival. DIVERSITY DINNERS was launched last year as a continuous and ephemeral artwork that focused on the celebration, diversity, and ritual of sharing a meal. All attendees were required to bring a plate to share – the food that they brought had a special significance to them and their personal stories were recorded. The proceedings of the night were also recorded.

The purpose of recording this intimate event was to bring the Dinner back to life within a different space.

The installation of Diversity Dinners at Open Fields uses both sound and object.
The recording of the Dinner – music, the hum of chatter, eating, laughing – is played in the exhibition space where a table is set for a meal. The audience will also have the opportunity to listen to the personal stories through earphones, setting a more intimate atmosphere.

This is an experimental artwork, as it expands the boundaries of traditional art. This work is abstract, non-pretentious, and simply seeks new ways to activate thought on space, community, and food.


Emma Konnaris is a young artist operating out of a too-small studio. Her artmaking practise has been seduced by painting, installation and food. This affair will probably continue, much to her pleasure.


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