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Flash Over: A Dinner Conversation for the Anthropocene

We are living at the incredible transition of one geologic epoch to another. A delineation not in layers of rock, but marked by the impact of a single species on the Earth. The Anthropocene Epoch represents just 0.01% of the whole of Earth’s lifetime, and yet humanity's capacity to effect change is massive and potentially beautiful. 

Surrounded by the art of Justin Brice Guariglia and the food of chef Shelley Boris, this facilitated dinner will seek out the "flashover" point:

“the moment a conversation becomes real and alive, which occurs when a spark of trust shorts out the delicate circuits you keep insulated under layers of irony, momentarily grounding the static emotional charge you’ve built up through decades of friction with the world." (1)

Let us bring you there, and discover what we might be able to change when embedded friction gives way to trust.

Your ticket includes:

  • A four-course dinner and drinks
  • Set within the gallery at 231 10th Avenue, Chelsea, NYC
  • Lightly facilitated conversation

The atmosphere will be set by the stunning work of Justin Brice Guariglia, which combines his own large-scale, highly detailed aerial landscape photographs with unique processes that incorporate painting, printmaking, and sculptural elements to create works embodying on a conceptual, physical and material level the complexity of the Anthropocene, the age in which humankind has left its indelible mark on the face of the entire planet.

The nourishment will be provided by Shelley Boris of Fresh Company in Garrison, New York and featuring the food of Ruby Duke of Raven and Boar Farm. Shelley writes, "Cooking is one long creative and scientific experiment. And cooks have always been on the lookout for new tastes and technologies: fire, fermenting, salting, thermometers, pressure cookers, microwaves, freeze drying, dehydrating, sous vide. The same is true in agriculture and food processing, packaging and transportation. Some of our experiments are successes and some are failures, but there will always be curiosity to explore."

The evening is hosted by Chris Garvin of Terrapin Bright Green and Victoria Anstead of TwoThirtyOneProjects in collaboration with Jennifer Preston, James Wilson and Tristan Roberts of The Laurentia Project, who will also lightly facilitate (read about our approach here) conversation toward flash-over.

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