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hand to mouth is a participatory performance event concieved and directed by Boo Chapple and Adele Varcoe with the assistance of their amazing team of helpers, chefs, performers, eaters and production crew

The first event took place on the 29th of June, 2008 at the Meat Market, Melbourne. It involved a live jazz band, a production line of forty people in uniform and an elevated table of eight celebrity guests. The productionline worked to prepare strange and exotic meals packaged in gloves, or cast in the shape of hands that were served up to the guests by three very fancy waitresses. Positioned between the production line and the dinner guests was a large pile of waste saved from the three weeks of pre- production, that grew in size with the discards from each meal. The whole undertaking was stage managed and documented by a crew of people in black. Please visit to read on...

To read the article by Darren Toffts published by Photofile magazine
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Photographed by Boo Chapple and Bow Wong

Adele Varcoe



Participatory Dinner Party

Arts House, Meat Market, Melbourne


String of Pearls

Topioca pearls slow cooked in our finest vegetable stock &

Fresh Leather Stuffed

Pumpkin, pine nuts & parmasan ravioli with a Napoli sauce

John;s Accident

Lamb shank, with creamy mashed potato, asparagus fingers & a red wine reduction

Bloody Mary

Tomato juice, vodka, worcestershire sauce, tobasco & celery garnet

Carpal Tunnel

Brandy smap, fresh whipped cream & rasberry coulis

Sweet Surgery

Mixed berry trifle

Finger It

Dark chocolate mousse, white chocolate mould

Doggy Bag

Something special to take home

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