SAD: The Last Meal


SAD: The Last Meal

29 (Friday) & 30 (Saturday) March, 7pm & 9pm (two sessions per day)
The Substation Gallery
$35 (40 people max)

In the near future, the food that is available for our consumption has changed, but a longing for the taste of "home" always remains. What is this instinct towards nostalgia, or a desire to return to the past, which transforms itself into an anxiety of progress?

SAD: The Last Meal addresses Singapore's obsession with nostalgia, by looking at the alleged death of the Singaporean hawker, the corresponding fetishisation and commercialisation of local food iconography, and somewhere in between, the anxiety around losing a facet of heritage that this country holds so dear—our local food culture. If home were to cease, what would you like as your last meal?

The programme takes the form of an interactive art experience with a four-course food tasting menu designed specially by chef Ming Tan, in collaboration with visual artist and technologist Debbie Ding.

Join us for a weird and wonderful dining experience.

Note: The dishes are not vegan- or vegetarian-friendly. No pork or lard will be served in the dishes. However, we do not have a halal certification.

SAD: The Last Meal is part of The Vanishing, Or Time Goes Away, the final chapter of The Substation’s 2018/19 programme Cities change. People die. Everything you know goes away. For more information on the programme, visit citieschange.sg/The-Vanishing.


About the collaborators

Debbie Ding (DDBD.SG) is a visual artist and technologist who researches and explores technologies of perception through personal investigations and experimentation. Prototyping is used as a strategy for artistic production, iteratively exploring potential dead-ends and breakthroughs in the pursuit of knowledge. This has led to a series of archive and map-based works under the moniker ‘Singapore Psychogeographical Society’, as well as computer-aided investigations into archaeological and historical finds.

Ming Tan, formerly of Park Bench Deli and Lolla, is the current executive chef and director of JAM at Siri House, a new lifestyle space on Dempsey Hill. Ming is grateful to be working with food, and believes being indulgent is key to enjoying a balanced life. He has had the privilege of working with all sorts of weird and amazing characters in the food industry, and asserts that food is ultimately about people. Asides from food, he appreciates touching well made objects and loves the slow process of craft and console gaming.
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