Turning Metabolism into Art : Fecal Attraction

Detail of front cover of 'After Eating: Metabolizing the Arts by Lindsay Kelley

Join us for a performative serving of the Fecal Attraction cocktail,* a recipe from After Eating: Metabolising the Arts, book by Lindsay Kelley.

To be officially launched by Katie Dyer, Senior Curator, Artspace, Sydney

4:00 - 5:00 pm, Wednesday 5 June

Limited number of signed books will be available for purchase on the night at a reduced price. This is a free ticketed event, bookings essential.


Food is widely depicted in the arts through different forms of creative expression. However, despite food’s centrality in sociocultural life, artistic interest has traditionally revolved around the act of eating. What if, instead, we shifted the focus from ingestion to digestion? In After Eating, Associate Professor Lindsay Kelley explores the emerging field of metabolic arts, claiming digestion and metabolism are key cultural, creative, and political processes that demand attention.
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Working in the kitchen, Lindsay Kelley’s art practice and scholarship explore how the experience of eating changes when technologies are being eaten.The recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2019-2022), she has exhibited and performed internationally, and her published work can be found in journals including parallax, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Angelaki, and Environmental Humanities.
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* The Fecal Attraction cocktail contains dairy, wheat, and alcohol. 
Alternative non-alcoholic beverages will be available.

Following the book launch stay with us for the opening reception of Futures: Mapping the Terrain of Creative Inquiry from 5.30PM, to be officially opened by Professor Genevieve Bell, ANU Vice Chancellor and President. 


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