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Alison Knowles Makes a Salad at the Tate in London

Make a Salad With Fluxus Dressing

Experimental artist Alison Knowles is planning on serving up one giant salad. Her 1962 Fluxus performance piece, Make a Salad, is being performed at London's Tate Museum. The piece begins with a cellist playing a Mozart concerto, and once the music is completed, Knowles, along with five museum assistants, will begin chopping the salad. The main focus of the piece will then become the chopping sound, which will be amplified by speakers and then relayed around the gallery. When they're done chopping the salad — which will consist of lettuce, cucumber, carrot and tomato and will feed 300 people — it will be placed into a huge vessel and dressed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and herbs.

Even though it's going to be a big salad — does anyone else think of that Seinfeld episode? — it's not going to be the largest. The Spanish town of Pulpi set the record last September and were then beaten by a community in Israel this past November.


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lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
a friend who is a chef told me once that when you "dress" a salad you pour the dressing on the bowl and then toss the salad aroud in the bowl. what do you think?
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 7 years
I dont like the word fluxus
randomname12345 randomname12345 7 years
I would've loved to see it! Sounds like such an interesting concept.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
one more comment, did anyone else think of that bugs bunny episode where he is the barber and elmer fudd is in the chair and he is chopping veggies to music?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
They ought to get martin Yan up there, that man can chop!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
people have Waaaaaay too much time on thier hands methinks.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 7 years
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