Intimate exchange: eating secret
Smith, Caroline (2010) Intimate exchange: eating secret. In: Writings of Intimacy in the 20th & 21st Centuries, 10-12th September 2010, Loughborough University. (Unpublished)Full text not available from this repository.
Eating Secret was launched at the Whitstable Biennale Satellite when members of the public were asked if they had (anonymously) a secret on eating to share. Confessions, gossip and anecdotal memories were transcribed by my alter ego Mertle, a 1950s-styled housewife stationed at Starvation Point memorial. Simultaneously, contributions could be emailed. The resultant one-to-one/small group exchanges in Whitstable were often transformative experiences with secrets being shared, for example, across three generations of one family. Each exchange lasted no more than a few minutes.
Online contributions began to mimic the ‘real’ performances. Mertle’s online function was to serve as shorthand: a static image to ghost the real performance/event. However, she became increasingly ‘present’ as the givers of the eating secrets wanted further interaction. Intimacy was often established through repeated logging of a single contributor’s secrets over several days. Fragmentary, often abbreviated texts, were less completed statements: prompting further exchange. Consequently, the role of Mertle evolved, shaped by fleeting but durational interaction. She increasingly took on a role of ‘always on’. Having ‘ingested’ the secrets, she would continue to perform and construct herself online. The project saw Mertle and her Mobile Eating Secret Station (the M.E.S.S.) in a variety of online (e.g. the blog) alongside ‘real’ social spaces (e.g. Tate Modern, Roundhouse in London and the Multimedial Art Gallery in Serbia). The secrets will form a digital archive. This paper would focus on the relationships of written intimate exchange between the giver and the receiver of the eating secret.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)|
|Additional Information:|| Additionally the author chaired 'Creative Constructions of the Self' panel ****  This paper was delivered on Saturday 11th September 2010 at 09:00 to 11:30 as part of Panel 11 entitled ‘It’s all about “you”’. The presentation took place in the Rehearsal Room, Chaired by Ǻsa Andersson.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||writing, intimacy, eating secret, performance|
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Communications & Creative Arts|
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|Last Modified:||14 May 2012 10:40|
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