A project carried out by Daily tous les jours and Nicolas Fonseca
Powered by the Chamber with support from the Government of Québec
At lunch, happy hour or a team dinner, Eating Voices offers anyone who works downtown a unique dining experience at Le Central, a popular food hall in Montréal.
Photo credit: Daily tous les jours
The project in a nutshell
Good food and good company
Developed by Montréal art and design studio Daily tous les jours and by culinary artist Nicolas Fonseca in collaboration with Le Central furniture designer Guillaume Sasseville, Eating Voices combines a special auditory experience with the best of Montréal gastronomy.
Located in Le Central, a hub for local gastronomy icons and emerging restaurateurs, the project invites guests to awaken their senses by savouring a meal to the sound of audio stories developed by local artists. Drawing on their respective practices and approaches, writers, filmmakers, playwrights, visual artists, dancers and perfumers have developed audio stories that strike the imagination and create unique and deep connections between people.
“Eating Voices are like friends with whom you share a meal. Between bites, they discuss the place food has in our lives and transform the usual stages of a meal into a sensory journey. Whether its Mother Nature taking care of food cycles or a scientist talking to plants, every story offers an opportunity to deepen your connection to the people around you and to what you eat.”
– Nicolas Fonseca
Visit and discover!
From March 24 to December 16, 2022, during Le Central’s opening hours
Do you often eat alone? Not enough? Occasionally? If you don’t mind, we’ll discover who you are when no one’s watching you eat.
Let me introduce myself. I’ve been many things and I keep changing as you do. I’m used as an accompaniment, even as a distraction. I’ve been a storyteller, book, radio, television, Walkman, Discman, iPod and lately, it’s in the form of your smartphone that I’m part of your life.
In this second episode, Mother Nature talks about reproduction and diversity to keep life going, revealing the sexual life hidden on our plates. The actress and director Anne-Marie Cadieux gave her voice for the French version as well as Tranna Wintour, artist and influencer for the English version. (For an adult audience)
"Let me introduce myself: I’m a Pornographer. You might know me as Mother Nature, but I'm actually not very maternal.
I organize and orchestrate all sexual relations between plants, animals and yes, even you humans. You know, you are currently eating a handful of plant sex organs. You too are part of their game, they continue to seduce you long after their death. It takes a whole lot of insemination, pollination and copulation to make the world go round.
Let’s dive into the life cycles that brought that food on your plate."
“It’s so boring nowadays, nobody wants to dance anymore” is the first thing I ever heard a carrot tell me. It wasn’t really talking to me directly, but I could hear what it was saying. I was seven. It took a while, but eventually I got used to it.
I’m a medium who channels foods. I know what they’re like, why they land on our plates, and what they think about when we interact with them. I’m obsessed with their stories like the one about a leek’s relationship with Cleopatra.
I can help you get in touch with your food, in a transcendental kind of way…
You know what, let’s just dive in! We can start by humming together. Breathe in, and… hhuuuuuuummmmmmmmmm. Feel the vibrations. Let them sink in behind your nose and eyes...
You’re ready now.
Eating Voices is an experience that can be enjoyed, as a duo or among colleagues. All you need is your smartphone, your headphones and your appetite.
1. Order your meal.
2. Sit down and scan the QR code on the table.
3. Pick your episode.
4. Put on your headphones.
Let the narrators guide you to get the most out of the experiment.
30 Sainte-Catherine St. W., Montréal, QC, H2X 0C8
Daily tous les jours x Nicolas Fonseca
Eating Voices is a collaboration between Daily tous les jours and Nicolas Fonseca. Somewhere at the intersection of art and design, Nicolas Fonseca imagines sensory experiments where food is a vector for connections between people, creating a celebration that is both personal and collective. At his table, meals are served with or without cutlery, with or without good manners.
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About “I love working downtown”: A Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal initiative
The “I love working downtown” initiative, carried out with the support of the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation, aims to deploy actions to accelerate the revival of downtown Montréal. As part of this initiative, the Chamber is focusing on supporting creative projects in private and semi-private spaces to enhance the downtown core’s attractiveness as a place to work.
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