At Table

Re-enactsments of a medieval painting on the effects of drinking wine - St Etheldreda's Crypt, London

June 28, 2008


The Temperate and the Intemperate (The Master of the Dresden Prayer Book) c. 1475
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

At Table shows a series of re-enactments of a medieval painting on the effects of drinking wine. Four performances (each with a different cast) took place at St. Etheldreda’s Crypt in London. Participants were asked to choose one of the numbered characters and assume his/her place in the set of the painting. Each participant entered the set accompanied by live music, sung by Muriel Louveau, with specially composed “number choruses” as backing tracks. Each performance was filmed and photographed. In the video we see all four performances at the same time, switching constantly between the characters from each version. The number choruses (backing tracks) were recorded in London and New York.

At Table was supported by Parabola, Juliet Gomperts Trust, St. Etheldreda’s Catholic Church and The Royal College of Art. It was shown as part of TEN, 12/10/08 – 29/10/08 in the Gulbenkian Galleries at the Royal College of Art.

Muriel Louveau – performer/ musician
Ian Bennet – milliner
Heather McDonough – Photographer
Lenka Clayton & James Price – Filmmakers
Haresh Patel – sound technician (London)
Shyamal Maitra – sound technician and percussionist (Paris)