'Pasta Sauna' by Marije Vogelzang at Performa 09

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Photographs: Raphael Brion / Eat Me Daily

"Pasta Sauna" is the latest food art installation by Dutch “eating-designer" Marije Vogelzang that ran last week as part of Performa 09, the third edition of the biennial of new visual art performance in New York City. Similar in spirit to a regular sauna, but instead of hot coals, the steam rose from vats of boiling pasta. Inspired by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's 1932 The Futurist Cookbook that condemned pasta because it induced "lethargy, pessimism, nostalgic inactivity, and neutralism," the goal of the "Pasta Sauna" was to give audience members "the chance to be as lazy and un-energetic as they want."

On arrival, you're greeted by jumpsuit-clad attendants and handed a glass bowl of pasta dough. Inside the "Pasta Sauna," attendants at the top of tall ladders rolled the dough out on pasta machines connected to mechanical music boxes playing paper rolls. After a few passes, the pasta is dropped straight into a pot of boiling water directly below. A few minutes later, the pasta is ready. Back outside, pepper grinders, olive oil, sea salt, and herbs await.

Also, Mario Batali was there and made some pasta himself.

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Illustration: Marije Vogelzang. View larger.

Video: 'Pasta Sauna' by Marije Vogelzang

Video: Marije Vogelzang In The Confession Booth

—Raphael Brion

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  1. maxpickle

    I wanted to go to this but, couldn't. Thanks for the awesome pics and video.

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