Last March 27, 2014, Modern Culinaire Academy invited friends from the media and art enthusiasts to witness SHIFT, a collective launch of three artistic collaborations with chefs of MCA. The launch featured three projects, namely The Cooking Show, Burning with Design, and 8Minutes. There was very little that I knew about the launch event, so when I came, I didn’t really come prepared. I felt like I stepped into an art school all of a sudden.
A collaboration between Christina “Ling” Quisumbing, Chef Edward Mateo, and collective Studio XYZ, 8Minutes “references the longevity and brevity of time and the transformations these durations allow.” The collection was displayed on the third floor of the building, and most of the guests were able to view the exhibit before the launch event started at 7 in the evening.
The Cooking Show
The Cooking Show is a creative collaboration between independent filmmaker Alvin Yapan and Philippines’ celebrity Chef Sau Del Rosario. I found the concept interesting as they aimed to film a cooking show differently from the usual cooking shows on TV. By removing the chef in the middle of the screen and deconstructing the cooking show format we’re all used to, the viewers have to follow the chef by shifting their gaze from screen to screen.
Burning with Design
Finally, Burning with Design is an interactive performance of shoe designer Brian Tenorio, Chef Dino Dizon, and DJ Nix. This is a very unusual exhibit, wherein shoes inspired by fire and fire-related cooking processes, even using food, was included in the collection, hence, the title Burning with Design. It was not only a visually-stimulating feast, especially with DJ Nix in control of the soundscapes, setting the mood and the tone for every unveiled feature.
The Event Menu
Being a culinary arts school, the launch ended with the guests treated to great food, showcasing the school’s expertise in providing a delightful gastronomic experience.
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