Incredible that The Fringe Food Festival TM has attracted the likes of much hyped but enigmatic character, Sebastian St Hubbins, to do a ‘Pop-up’ installation for two weeks only.
It’s obvious that this piece of performance art (coincidentally happening at the Adelaide Fringe festival) is homage to the works of St. Hubbins. Recently the German performance artists Gunthav und der Ripper 24 toured with a similarly themed show based around a Munich Hofbrauhaus. To say Hubbins work inspires other artists is to thoroughly understate his broad influence around the globe; he is after all credited with inventing the words ‘Pop-up’ which have been absorbed into the modern day lingua franca.
In his exclusive work, commissioned especially for the Festival and generously funded by noted art patron, mining magnate and living National Treasure, Clive Palmer, St Hubbins is set to electrify the art world with his take on a Melbourne phenomenon, the laneway restaurant and bar.
The premise of the performance is this: Can a restaurant that offers nothing at all, become very popular and make money?
The installation has been meticulously fitted out in consultation with six degrees, meme design and Chris Connell to replicate that edgy, urban feel. Staff have come from the Chadwick agency with a brief to fit the quirky look much associated with Melbourne bars and cafes. Perhaps most significantly, St Hubbins has eschewed the omnipresent touch of chef consultant to the stars, Mr Wilson in favour of little known chef, roof-top-gardener, lane-forager and drain-hunter, Tristan D’Arcy who aims to instil an authentic and up to the minute re-imagining of the foodie zeitgeist.
Hubbins promises there will be queues, there will be attitude and there will be no plates or glass-wear. Adding to the excitement, no bookings, unmovable single tables and hows this for a worlds first: A Non-menu and Non-beverage list!
Inspiring and brave stuff indeed but then again, what else to you expect from a visionary like St Hubbins?