Sunday, September 06, 2009

Dinner for Muted Senses - announcement -

Dinner for Muted Senses

a food-art workshop focusing on the (five or more) senses

是故空中 無色無受想行識
無眼耳鼻舌身意 無色声香味触法

It is free of the eyes, ears, nose,
tongue, body and mind;
free of sight, sound, smell, taste,
touch, and any object of mind;
free of sensory realms
including mind-consciousness.

- The Buddhist Heart Sutra (般若心経)-

A unique food art workshop in a restaurant set-up. Each course is served with an intervention of one of your senses, such as blindfolding, amplifying or muting to enhance your sensitivities and experience new sensations. All in Japanese lacto-ovo vegetarian style prepared with organic ingredients.

The workshop is developed by Maki Ueda, an artist who is known for her artworks focusing on the olfactory sense.

Eating is something to appreciate with the five (or more) senses. In this extraordinary Japanese course dinner you will witness that, with full of sensations, inspirations, and findings. Reservation is required.

Menu (example)

appetizer: with the eyes muted
tactile, sensory, and smelly
main dish: with the ears muted / amplified
offers pleasure for eyes, with sensory sounds
dessert: with the nose muted
experience the magic of sense of taste and smell


festival name: Camera Japan Festival
date: Sun, Sep 27, 2009
restaurant opening hour: 18:00 - 21:30, last order 20:30
numbers limited to: 25
reservation: please send an email before 25th of September to witchlab [at] specifying:
- your name
- time (you can choose from: 18:00 / 18:30 / 19:00 / 19:30 / 20:00 / 20:30)
- the amount of people (the amount of kids and their age)
- your mobile telephone number
place: dance studio
Gouvernestraat 133, 3014 PM Rotterdam
food style: fusion Japanese / Buddhist cuisine Shojin-Ryori, lacto-ovo vegetarian
drinks: Free organic green tea is included. Feel free to bring your own bottles of wine or beer if you want. Other drinks cost about the bar price, so bringing your own favourite drink is more reasonable for you!
price: 35 euro (payment only by cash at the dinner)
5 euro for kid's lunch-box (very simple one with rice-balls and some dishes)
further information: 06-54 65 80 54 / witchlab [at]


This restaurant is (doing its best to be) family-friendly. If you want to come with your kids, please do so, and please notify it to us beforehand. There will be a small play corner opened by Sen (5 yrs old, the son of Maki Ueda) with full of Japanese toys!


This workshop is primarily inspired by the activities of artists-collective FoAM in Brussels. One of the inspiring events that Maja Kuzmanovic has developed at FoAM was Open Sauces (Nov. 2008). It was about the future of food in many different perspectives. The issues herein included were: molecular gastronomy, food pairing, eating and senses (where Maki Ueda has contributed), logistics and food problems, safety of foods, etc.

photos by: Alex Davies


about FoAM:

Food pairing:

about Maki Ueda: (blog) (portfolio)

The Heart Sutra (Buddhist)
translated by Halifax, Joan / Kazuaki Tanahashi

The Sutra on the Heart of Realizing Wisdom Beyond Wisdom

The Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara moving in the deep course of realizing
wisdom beyond wisdom, sees that all five streams of body and mind are
boundless, and then becomes free from all anguish.

Seeing this, Shariputra says to Avalokiteshvara,
'How should one train, if one wishes to realize wisdom beyond wisdom?'

Listen, Shariputra,
form is not separate from boundlessness;
boundlessness is not separate from form.
Form is boundlessness; boundlessness is form.
Feelings, perceptions, mental formations,
and discernment are also like this.

Oh Shariputra,
boundlessness is the nature of all things.
It neither arises nor perishes,
neither stains nor purifies,
neither increases nor decreases.
Boundlessness is not limited by form,
nor by feelings, perceptions,
mental formations, and discernment.

It is free of the eyes, ears, nose,
tongue, body and mind;
free of sight, sound, smell, taste,
touch, and any object of mind;
free of sensory realms
including mind-consciousness.

It is free of ignorance and the end of ignorance.
Boundlessness is free of old age and death
and free from the end of old age and death.
It is free of suffering, arising, cessation, and path,
and free of wisdom and attainment.

Being free of attainment,
the Boddhisattvas,
and those who help all to awaken
abide in the realization of wisdom beyond wisdom
and live with an unhindered mind.
Without hindrance, the mind has no fear.
Free from confusion,
the Boddhisattvas and those who lead all to emancipation
embody complete serenity.

All those, in the past, present, and future,
who realize wisdom beyond wisdom
manifest unsurpassable, authentic and thorough awakening.

Know that realizing wisdom beyond wisdom
is no other than this great mantra,
luminous, incomparable, and supreme.
It relieves all suffering.
It is genuine, not illusory.
So set forth this mantra of realizing
wisdom beyond wisdom.
Set forth this mantra that says,

Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate,
bodhi svaha!


> about The Heart Sutra (Wikipedia)

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