Food is a co-participant in our world.
Jane Bennett argues for the political recognition of things, both human and non-human. In acknowledging the Thing Power of food, the fluid nature of materiality comes to light.
You are what you eat.
In eating, the border between out and in is mixed. You aren’t what you eat. Well you are, but what you eat is you also. And together that is a thing too.
You are an assemblage of matter and everything is always Becoming; nothing is Being.
Nietzsche tried to tell me I’d be depressed without fish.
But Thoreau jumped in, “I believe that every man who has ever been earnest to preserve his higher or poetic faculties in the best condition has been particularly inclined
to abstain from animal food”.
Later that day I googled a guacamole recipe on BBC Food and went to Asda to pick up Artichoke Hearts, with the intention to preserve and progress some creative faculties.
They led me to the fish aisle.
I got depressed and could not preserve.
Thing Power. Food Power.
Its not just physical change. Mood, morality, musings
And physical change is not solely on our decisions to eat. But on the food matter itself too. A flattening of things makes every actor a relevant and responsible counterpart.
The above image is a collection of things I have had issues with getting at Asda. I feel like if I were to consume them in one meal after finding and purchasing them, the satisfaction would transfer from outside to in. And so I resign to the search. Sacred Relics…