Bompas & Parr specialise in food installations combining art and food. They are known for their experimental art jellies… above is a jelly in the shape of St Pauls cathedral. In the past they have hosted events such as flavour tripping… using a West African fruit called a miracle berry (Synsepalum Dulcificum) which transforms the taste of lemons into toffee and vinegar into sherry. You eat the berries which contain an ingredient called ‘miraculin’ which binds to the taste buds and makes bitter and sour foods taste sweet. The effect last between 20 minutes and two hours.
Another event they set up was ‘scratch n sniff cinema’ with Peter Greenaway at the ICA which I sadly missed being busy at The Underground Restaurant. I do possess the original scratch n’ sniff card from John Waters ‘Odorama’ spectacular ‘Polyester’. It’s probably worth something now, but has lost all of it’s smelly properties.
I’m looking forward to going to see their alcoholic architecture event on April 24th. They describe it as a “walk in cloud of breathable cocktail. Step inside a cocktail with gin and tonic mist, giant limes, and massive straws.”
Location: 2 Ganton Street, W1F 7QL
Dates: 16-18 and 23-25 April 2009
Tickets: available from Ticketweb