Being Towards One Another


Date: Sunday 2nd April 2017

Guests: Lester Drake, David Farrell-Banks, Madeleine Kennedy, Toby Lloyd, Hannah Marsden, Ilana Mitchell, Rosie Morris and Anastasia Trębacz

Description: The common good isn’t just an abstract notion that has been lost to the cold reality of neoliberal pragmatism, but rather it is alive and inscribed in our daily practices. When we break bread together we celebrate our shared concern to sustain ourselves and live rewarding lives. In these moments we orient ourselves towards one another through discussion, exposing our individuality by sharing the traditions whose inheritance has shaped us. (Lester Drake)

Leeds based artist Lester Drake hosted a meal which asked guests to participate in both interrogating and bringing to life the common good that is already present in our lives. Lester prepared several texts that were placed on the table to prompt topic for conversation. Everyone was asked to contribute to the evening by bringing a dish or drink to the meal that has personal significance to them and selecting a song that they associate with a bond to someone else. These included:

  • Butternut squash lasagne
  • Vegan Platski
  • Bigilla dip
  • Green salad
  • Beetroot in vinegar
  • Mushroom side dish (inspired by a particular chef in Malta)
  • Vegetarian strawberry jelly
  • Chilli & lemon crisps
  • Kir Royale cocktails
  • The Noisettes – Never Forget You
  • Yann Tiersen – Comptine d’Un Autre Été
  • Anenon – Memory Residue
  • Jamie Woon – Sharpness
  • Quantic and Alice Russel – Look around the Corner
  • 16 Horsepower – Black Soul Choir
  • Gala – Free from desire
  • Phi-life Cypher – Worldwide
  • Neutral Milk Hotel – Aeroplane over the sea
  • Liza Day – Union Pacific
  • Lovin Spoonful – Summer in the City
  • The Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup
  • Prince – Kiss
  • Aphex Twin – Alberto Balsam
  • Mass – The Bins

Lester Table 2

Lester Table




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