Yesterday was full of incident. The show had its first live TV slot which meant Jake and Jack hanging around set to go building a large pile of rice until the TV crew arrived. Then there was the best attended press launch we’ve had with a mixture of critics from the major national papers, fine art critics and food writers. Then, after stepping out for some fresh air, came the Opening was probably the biggest since Hamburg in 2008.
I limbered up for this with a long, animated and fascinating conversation with an artist with whom I had struck up an email exchange with after she expressed her concerns in advance about how the show was going to represent her country. I finished off the opening with a long, less animated and less fascinating conversation with another artist who – through translation – seemed to say she was bored with looking at rice and wanted us to do something more engaging to the senses. I explained that she needed to go and see a different show in that case, but it took about 15 minutes to get to that point.
Playing to the large live crowd Jack and Jake created a pile of rice representing victims of Spanish Flu (always a winner at parties) amidst a growing throng. This moment was topped off when two very tall thin young women stepped forward, commandeered Jake and Jack’s scoops and pretended to pour rice onto the pile for a terrifying photographer who looked like she had recently jumped ship from the News of the World. We suspect these were two of many Argentine Celebrities we were assured were present. Who knows, the next Argentine edition of Hola will feature the show – an certainly not us.
Weirdly the name Stan’s Cafe hasn’t made it onto any of the posters or promotional material – the name of the show is everywhere along with that of their Facebook page Una Persona = Un Grano De Arroz. The show’s other big presence now features an interview with me and a rather disturbing ‘video portrait’ – click if you dare (and read Spanish).