DATE 15th August 2017
This month food practitioners Bompas & Parr present the world’s first Sausage Séance, an evening that will explore what happens when the art of sausaging collides with the supernatural.
Guests will experience a sausage-making master class followed by a spirit-summoning workshop designed to celebrate the joys of encased meats. Set in a mysterious temple under The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities in East London, the Sausage Séance is a full frontal sensory experience, steeped in the occult and ending with an elaborate Sausage Feast to honour the spirits.
Guests will be guided through the evening by an enigmatic host who will protect the guests against unwanted or negative spirits throughout the night.
On arrival, each guest will be provided with a welcome drink, distilled with herbs known for their clairvoyance enhancing effects to heighten their supernatural experience.
During the session, each forced-meat aficionado will create four unique elemental sausages in a sausage making masterclass using traditional meat grinders and archaic machinery. Donning the mantle of the bretheren of the sausage you can stuff the spiritual powers of earth, water, air and fire into a waiting tube steak.
While the meats are being cooked, the group will be transported into the dark and silent séance chamber underneath the museum. Guests will be seated by the host around a Ouija board which will slowly communicate and uncover strange and mysterious messages about guests’ spirit elements. This session will connect all guests together and summon spirits, guests will learn about their individual power element. During the session, spirits will gradually reveal themselves as the highest point of the pentagram is reached.
The meat-based Ouija board has been designed and illustrated specially for the occasion by artist Emma Rios and will be available as a limited edition to those who wish to take their sausage quest further into the unknown.
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Guests will sit down to indulge in a sausage feast to reflect on their experience and enjoy the meats they had prepared at the beginning of the event.
The wondrous quirkiness of The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities combines dark and occult late 19th century-inspired aesthetics, the golden era of séances. The space is shrouded in shadows to heighten sensory awareness and evoke a hair-raising sense of the occult during the Sausage Séance.
Harry Parr, Director of Bompas & Parr, said: “At Bompas & Parr we have always been fascinated by sausages, and their power to stimulate a powerful response. For one night only we’ll be using the occult lore I picked up from my coven to sausage around with the supernatural. Come be the wurst you can be.”
Sam Bompas, Director of Bompas & Parr commented. “There is an old Austrian saying that I’d like to invoke, ‘Everything in life has an end, except for a sausage which has two.’ Though the saying has been useful in countless scenarios, this is the first time we’ll be using sausages to delve into the unknown. That said, food has been used to foresee the future since the dawn of time – think of ovomancy, tasseography or haruspicy. At last you will be able to look deep into your sausage and find meaning.”
Bompas & Parr is globally recognised as the leading expert in multi-sensory experience design.
The studio works with commercial brands, artistic institutions, private clients and governments to deliver emotionally compelling experiences to a wide variety of audiences.
Sam Bompas and Harry Parr first came to prominence through their expertise in jelly-making, but the business rapidly grew into a fully fledged creative studio offering food and drink design, brand consultancy and immersive experiences across a diverse number of industries.
The founders’ backgrounds in marketing and architecture play a key role in the positioning and nature of the studio’s output and, along with a diverse spread of talents among the 20-strong team, Bompas & Parr activations boast a bold ambition, distinct aesthetic style and interpretive vigour that’s unrivalled among creative agencies. The studio works to experiment, develop and produce projects and experiences as well as provide strategy, analysis and advice for brands to increase consumer engagement through experience design.
Genre-defining projects include Alcoholic Architecture, an inhabitable cloud of gin and tonic; the world’s first Multi- Sensory Fireworks display for London New Year’s Eve 2013; and the Taste Experience for the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Bompas & Parr also founded the British Museum of Food, the world’s first cultural institution exclusively dedicated to food and drink, and has published six books that explore humankind’s relationship with food.
Bompas & Parr works with brands such as Coca-Cola, Johnnie Walker, Mercedes, Vodafone, and LVMH as well as cultural institutions such as The Barbican, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow.
The studio is based in south London but in the past year has realised projects on practically every continent.
The Last Tuesday Society is home to London's most curious cocktail bar and events programme inspired by the weird and wonderful world of our venue's decor. With a menu of eclectically curated cocktails, traditional absinthes and edible insects, the many layers of Viktor Wynd's collection are revealed a bit further with each round.
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities presents an incoherent vision of the world displayed through wonder enclosed within a tiny space, no attempt is made at classification and comprehensiveness, instead the museum focuses on the pre-enlightenment origins of the museum as Wunderkabinett – a mirror to a world so suffused with miracles and beauty that any attempt at categorization is bound to fail.
Where contemporary museumology hides 90% of a collection, attempts to educate and explain, to put the world into neat little labeled drawers dictated by an obscurantist elite establishment that has shown itself in error many time over the centuries & is obsessed with a pedantic overspecialization of so called "knowledge" that means little or nothing to anyone outside it's narrow little field & oft discredited metanarratives this museum will merely display everything that has glittered & caught the eye of it's founder – from rare priceless marvels of the natural and scientific worlds like Dodo Bones or speculum to the intriguing beauty of McDonald's Happy Meal Toys, from old master etchings to prison inmates & mad women's doodles, occultists paintings and pop art prints, the horrors and wonders of nature, two headed kittens and living coral.
By placing the rare and the beautiful on the same plane as the commonplace, banal & amusing this museum seeks not to educate but to subvert, to show the world not in a grain of sand, but in a Hackney basement.