06 February 2011


Images from TOAST performance

Collaborative toasts written between 1pm and 4pm and given approximately every 20 minutes.

Information card given to each visitor with champagne in crystal glassware.

Informed by the etiquette of toast making and the traditions of ‘Toastmasters’, and investigating
the dynamics of social gatherings; exhibition visitors were to contribute to a collaborative public toast.
Births and Deaths, good news or a moment of reminiscence, the traditional toast marks the
signposts of a life; often the toast itself can turn into a miniature-biography.

Smartly dressed wine waiters served guests champagne in crystal glasses. By accepting a drink,
guests are already participating in the performance.

Those present were invited to contribute to a continuous 'toast' that occurs every 20 minutes - brought to attention by the clear, crisp sound of metal against crystal.

Anything could be toasted – from something monumental and life changing, to a good meal, an individual who deserves to be celebrated, or a political issue.
The structure and composition of the toast changed throughout the duration, becoming
longer as guests contribute, forming a collaborative celebratory monologue, and at times more concise as similarities appeared in toast information provided.

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