What is education? What decides when and from whom we learn. The framework proposed in A Meal was to provide a platform without a curriculum. How do you evaluate a program that had no curriculum? When envisioning a recap of A Meal and it’s impact on the main exhibition, it’s important to look at what it intended to do.
The program was aiming to undress layers of expectations, to provide opportunities for people to meet, interact and by that having a moment to share and learn while having a meal. The program happened over three months - one meal each month. Anyone could virtually join in, regardless of what location they were in. Nothing was recorded, the only data that was stored was the location and duration of the meals. This was stored out of curiosity, and it wasn’t until a recap was mentioned, that it was brought up as a base for summarizing the participation. In a way, this has very little to do with a Meal, because the crucial part was to allow individuals to interact with each other freely. As the director of the program, I do not know what happened in the meals. The teaching from this program only lives between the people that met - just as in any informal interaction - just as all the moments in life, where teaching is just simply happening.
A Meal as a concept will continue to be explored.