'Credit Crunch Meals': Edible Art Takes on the Economy 'Credit Crunch Meals': Edible Art Takes on the Economy
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'Credit Crunch Meals': Edible Art Takes on the Economy

by Rainer Ganahl

March 22, 2013

Since 2008, I have created special "Credit Crunch Meals," inspired by the obscene combination of unregulated financial markets, high finance, and politics. The so-called Credit Crunch Crisis is a perpetual crisis we seem unable to escape. The Credit Crunch epoque started in 2007 with an early climax in the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers that nearly collapsed the world financial system. The effects of this crisis haven't gone away.

 



Each installation of "Credit Crunch Crisis" is different and depends on the funding, the possibility of intervention and the exhibition frame work. In most cases I am allowed to offer simple food: i.e. a credit crunch meal that doesn’t have to taste bad. In the majority of cases we either use the food left over or make just lentils. Lentils are eaten in Italy at the end of the year in the hope that money will come in the new year. So far, I have hosted them in New York, Sweden, Vienna, Brussels, Stuttgart, Friedrichshafen, Moscow and Greece.


 

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'Credit Crunch Meals': Edible Art Takes on the Economy