Title: Chacun a Son Gout (Each to their own taste)

13-16 February 2020, 1 pm to 8.30 pm

Medium: Rice, Vegetables, Herbs, Spices, Cork board, Wood, Plastic, Steel

CONCEPT NOTE

What is taste? When you eat, how often do you think about the specific taste identity of each ingredient in your mouth? Is it sweet? Bitter? Something else? And how does it make you feel?

According to Ayurvedic principles, six rasas (tastes/flavours) together create a balanced meal. These are: salt, sweet, sour, bitter, pungent (the flavour you feel in the palate of the nose and mouth, as when eating mustard oil or wasabi), and astringent (what dries the inside of the mouth, such as tea, red wine, amla). One should feel, on completing a meal, that one has experienced all six rasas in the whole meal together, like the complex intertwining of the notes of a melody. Rasa also refers to how emotional states are evoked by art in listeners, viewers – and eaters. Successful art is measured not by reviews or awards, but only when it makes the audience emotionally absorbed through one or more of the eight classic rasas.

At the Goa Open Arts Festival, Edible Archives invites you to play with the rasas of taste and emotions together. Step into the chamber and taste one of the three bites we have prepared for you. What emotion does that taste evoke? On the last day, we will reveal the emotions elicited by each of the three tastes via a composite depiction of all of your responses.