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Francis Patrick Brady, Collage © Courtesy the artist

Feast of the Red Herring

18.3 2017 – 26.3 2017

Malmö

Imitating the concept of a “secret society dinner”, occult club, or medieval feast, the ‘Feast of the Red Herring’ stages a secret dinner where 14 people are invited to discuss topics surrounding secrecy and transparency; it creates a place where the roles of ordinary society may be reversed or temporarily lifted. Feast of the Red Herring is an event and concept by artist and pedagogue Francis Patrick Brady.

Over a dozen artists have been invited to create and imagine every aspect of the dinner setting itself: the table, plates, cutlery, pots, placemats, cups, menu, flowers, masks, food, attire, toasts, sounds, and smells. After-the-fact, the secret dinner will be opened to the public; along with all the pieces made by invited artists and the detritus from the event itself.

On Friday the 24th of March a public symposium will be held, where the dinner guests will be invited back to be asked questions and open up a discussion around the topics that may or may not have come up during the dinner.

Where does the line between public and private lay within state, public and art apparatuses?: Secrecy and transparency as social games

Following the symposium there will be two workshops happening on Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th that will be sign-up only for 14 participants to re-play and re-imagine the secret dinner through roleplay and with the use of Nordic LARP techniques.

The project Feast of the Red Herring is part of a culmination of practice and theory based research that forms Francis Patrick Brady’s final contribution to the Critical and Pedagogical Studies MFA program at Malmö Art Academy, KHM.

Bio: Francis Patrick Brady is an artist and pedagogue based in Malmö whose work creates artistic games as enigmatic compositions that utilise storytelling and worldbuilding. These games reject participation as a simple immersive technique and instead play in between the aesthetic possibilities of agency and collaboration.