Well here we are a new week and all ready in the middle of it! Things are moving apace on the project front. Here are some images from the first ‘Convivial Conversations’ event that I held in my home, with my collaborators (these happened to be a friend from South Africa and her girlfriend from Germany).
I realised that as I had invited them and given them some information on the project, they were primed to ask more questions, which was fantastic! This helped me as I had been wondering how to start ‘asking questions’ but in this way, it was more natural and organic.
For the food I went out and sourced a local South African shop, the one I used was Savanna (London Bridge), they had excellent stock of South African foods, drinks and ingredients. I went a little nuts and bought:
niknaks, biltong, cream soda, savanna dry cider, Durban curry powders and koeksisters!
I served the nik naks and biltong when my guests arrived and then ladled the curry into the waiting bunnies for the main part of our meal, rounding off with a koeksister each!! These are truly sweet that more than one at a time is difficult!).
The food I chose represented tastes and associated memories I have of South Africa, ones that my friend shared as she had brought along some nik naks and more cider! This made her girlfriend pose an interesting idea of having a dinner where everyone bring some snack or drink that reminded them of South Africa and see how many of the same item were brought….. hmmmmm… the next step?
The conversation flowed around why we were there, what I was doing and why etc… I recorded these conversations and will be reflecting on them soon! Plus I hope to create an audio track so that during my ‘event/show’ people will ‘interrupt’ the conversations I’ve had by listening in (reflecting the theme of the event/show - I hope).