Projects / The Re-Coefficients Dining Club

2010

This ambitious live event took place on St George's Day, Friday 23rd April 2010 at The Millennium Galleries in Sheffield.

A diverse group of invitees enjoyed food, discussion and commissioned artists and speakers as entertainment.

The original Coefficients Club was founded in 1902 (just after the death of Victorian luminary John Ruskin) to bring together the most powerful figures in the British Establishment with social critics and idealists. Their peculiar name derived from their belief that they should be 'efficient' together. They were to discuss and make plans for social reform and a new, unified liberal new world order. And eat.

We reformed the format, using it to bring together six new voices to give speeches on social and cultural reform over a socially pointed menu.

With musical interludes by Jamie Barnes and the Musical Stones of Skiddaw and the Bandwagon Barbershop Quartet, table settings and cutlery especially commissioned by local craftspeople and a backdrop of the film Our Daily Bread (dir. N. Geyrhalter), the scene was set for a five course dinner of soups.

The event was recorded and six films were made offering different perspectives on future ways of living. The films can be viewed below.

This project was supported by Media Arts Network as part of the GTV project with John Moores University.