Urbanity and New Manners / DINE Practice
2015 , Les Complices*, Expotranskultur, Zürich, Switzerland
Those that sign up for DINE explore possibilities of taking collective decisions in one of our daily life activities: eating. Participants met right there on the table, and tied their wrists to the people next to them throughout the whole a night. Drinking, eating and even having a”smoking-break” are decisions are taken intuitively or voted.
Urbanity and New Manners is a compilation of group practices and urban interventions offering alternative ways of handling everyday interactions. Inspired by El Manual de Urbanidad y Buenas Maneras (The Manual of Urbanity and Good Manners) written by Venezuelan pedagogue Manuel Antonio Carreño in 1853 setting the codes of social behaviour and interaction in the Latin America of the time, this project invites art and non-art audiences to have collective experiences through body exercises where the center is the building of trust, playfulness and proximity.