70 x 7 The Meal Act XXXVIII, Leiden, 2015
Materials: Table setting for 100 guests, Royal Limoges porcelain plates (Ed 100), silk jacquard table runner (Ed 30m)
Exhibition history: 2015 Global Imaginations, Museum De Lakenhal Leiden, The Netherlands
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta
Act thirty-eight of 70 x 7 The Meal was commissioned for the exhibition Global Imaginations curated by the Museum de Lakenhal Leiden in an offsite location at the former flour mill, De Meelfabriek.
The iconography the artists deployed across the artworks the created for the occasion – a limited edition of Royal Limoges porcelain plates and a woven silk-jacquard table runner – included imagery and text referencing water in all its forms, and historical symbols drawn from the collection of the Museum de Lakenhal.
The theme of the meal was drawn from the results of a youth conference organised by High School Pupils from the city of Leiden, in collaboration with network organisation Leiden Global, The National Museum of World Cultures and SKOL (Schools in Leiden). Questions arising from the conference, including what it means to be a local and global citizen, and sustainability issues such as water usage were posed to the 100 guests assembled for the meal, among these were the Minister of the Environment, the Mayor of Leiden and officers from different water treatment facilities around the region. Alongside the meal, Lucy + Jorge Orta exhibited their installation Water Purification Factory, which pumped water from the Zijl-canal adjacent to De Meelfabriek, where it was filtered and distributed to visitors of the Global Imaginations exhibition and assembled guests.