To the Board and Associates,
We write to you today from our generous research quarters here at the Art Gallery of South Australia, to present an update on our current examinations. It has been several months since the beginning of our assignment, and already we have made many discoveries.
Our assignment has firstly required the development of a structure by which to classify and digest the over 47,000 artworks that we are tasked with assessing. This is our largest nutrition assessment effort to date, with previous largest assessments Woolworths and Coles stocking 38,525 and 25,827 products respectively. As you will see in these research excerpts, we suggest a co‐classification system merging the Nutrition Australia’s Healthy Eating Pyramid (2015 edition), and six diet styles currently popular in restaurants in the Adelaide CBD. We believe the function of this categorisation will be to encourage the public to utilise their own dietary habits and food knowledge as a means to critique and relate to the artworks and potentially the gallery as a structure. Some initial discoveries made through the use of this structure include: the most prominently featured protein within the collection is seafood (FISH, SHELLFISH), vegetables are alarmingly absent given their foundational role in the food pyramid (2015 edition), the most featured fruit in the collection are grapes, and sugar plays an insidious role across different areas of the gallery, often without being visible.
Please note that these research excerpts are not intended to describe any resolved findings yet, and as such may appear abstract.
Yours in Good Health,
E. Zanelli and K. Bosecke
A.B.C.D.E.F.G.H. Project Researcher Team
Australian Bureau of Cultural Dietetics and Eating For Good Health
Listen to artist Kurt Bosecke read his handwritten text from the Nutritional Content of Collection visual essay.
Contemporary South Australian artists Kurt Bosecke, of Tutti Arts, and Emmaline Zanelli created Alternative Guided Tour: Nutritional Index in partnership with Tutti Arts and the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) as part of Tutti Arts’ project Reaching Out. Tutti Arts fosters the talents of learning disabled and neurodiverse creatives who work across visual art, theatre, music, screen, dance, and technology. Reaching Out sees learning disabled and neurodiverse visual artists work side-by-side with non-disabled peers artistically responding to leading cultural institutions.
Nutritional Index was presented at AGSA in February 2022. Their video work Impressive and Vibrant Fantasy Buffet: 5 essential rules to help you achieve an Auguste Rodin torso in under two months will screen during SALA opening celebrations on 5 August.
Reaching Out is supported by Arts South Australia.
Award-winning visual artist Kurt Bosecke, of Tutti Arts, creates bold and dynamic work in riotous colour. Kurt has a comic and narrative style, often informed by fantasy and screen culture.
Emmaline Zanelli is an early-career artist born and based in Tarntanya, Kaurna Country. She works across photography, video and performance, and is a member of The Bait Fridge collective.