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In Plato’s “Symposium” the “feast” is a medium in order to talk about the main subject which is love. The book is based on defining real love. In this context, we can consider that at an art fair’s opening, the feast is an instrument to discuss the main subject which is “art”.
During international art events, the feast, is it really a tool for art, or is it instrumentalized for other several goals?

At Socratic dinners the world is reasoned, at gambling tables, the bets are taken, at bar tables, the state is saved. So, what is spoken at the table of an art fair’s opening?

Feast and art are two notions collectively termed. Feasting on eating and drinking together is a practice to make people closer socially and culturally. Today as a global act, all artistic events’ opening becomes a feast and transforms into a “show” with their participants.
There’s a certain remark to make at those openings: Those feasts, beyond eating and drinking together, are concerning only the invited guests but nobody else. In other words in the invitation list does not include the ones who are passing by as it does in Plato’s works.

PASAJ imagines the "feast" for Art International Istanbul 2014. This feast is the tool that tries to be the art object itself and also tries to transform itself as the art object. It aims to be a structure that is dynamic and that integrates participation. In this feast prepared by PASAJ, there will be no distinction among audiences, everyone who wants to talk will be invited at the table in order to ask their opinions. A tiny and long table for 6-8 people will be arranged. Instead of making a fancy table, PASAJ prefers a modest and sincere one. 

PASAJ proposes to organize a ‘feast’, a dinner set-up that encourages audience participation for ArtInternational Istanbul 2014. During the ‘feast’, each participant will be asked to prepare a sandwich for another participant, which will engage people who do not necessarily know each other, provoking impromptu dialogues. The paper wraps of the sandwiches will feature questions around the contemporary art world as well as art fairs, encouraging the participants to start discussing the issues that are central to ArtInternational 2014. Borrowing from the principles of relational aesthetics, the work will explore the mechanisms of exchange of the global art world in which artists, initiatives, institutions, and galleries operate.

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