Would you eat soup made from radioactive vegetables? And if you did, would it be art?
These are some of the questions that will be asked – and perhaps answered – at this year’s Frieze Art Fair in London, as two Japanese artists offer visitors that chance to enjoy a broth made from ingredients sourced from Fukushima.
The artists, known as United Brothers, are making the soup as part of the performance art piece Does This Soup Taste Ambivalent? in solidarity with those affected by the Japanese nuclear disaster in 2011.
Ei Arakawa, an established Japanese contemporary artist, and his brother Tomoo, who ran a chain of tanning salons, have assured Frieze organisers that the soup is safe to eat. They say the vegetables have been cleared by the Japanese Farmers’ Association.