What’s more disgusting than warm jello? Rapists, but they weren’t around, so I paid the eight dollar entrance fee at Gowanus Studio Space in Brooklyn for the privilege of looking at and eating multicolored goo cups. Dubbed “Jello Takes New York”, the event was a convergence of food and gelatin innovators from across the city, proving that jello is just as expressive a medium as vaseline.
The results were a bit like a science fair re-do — lots of bad ideas and mediocre execution — but that's the charm of it all. While I didn't *need* to see a lifelike roasted bird made of jello, I'm glad someone took the time to make it. My horizons are just that much bigger now.
Judges included Core 77 partner Allan Chochinov, Emily Elsen, founder of the pie shop Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Josee LePage, founder of Bondtoo, and last but not least, Makerbot’s marketing and event coordinator Keith Ozar. I like Ozar’s participation — the next step after uploading 3D models of people’s heads is clearly making jello molds of them. There’s an Obama bust in this show that looks very 3-D printer friendly!
I’m posting a few images below from the event, but it’s worth mentioning that the participating high school students were the star performers (and award winners) of this contest. In fact, in my opinion, they made the show.
No idea why this won the grand prize, though presumably it has something to do with functionality. That jello may taste good to fish, but as a human, I had the misfortune of eating one of those jello worms in cocoa. That’s two flavors and textures that do not need to be combined.
What does Jurassic Park have to do with Walt Disney’s head? I’m not sure, but here’s the two next to each other. Team Urban Legend were offering slivers of it to visitors, and it was probably best-tasting jello I had. Kudos to the team for remembering that the dessert is best served cold – each slice was kept extra-frosty by liquid nitrogen.
Regular readers may remember contestant Ranjit Bhatnagar for his contribution to the Sound of Art record last year. This year he’s still at it, this time collaborating with Astrida Valijorsky, Mimi Hui, and Catarina Mota. I have no idea how the jello tastes (yes, I’m a bad reporter) but it sounded good.
High school students Kyla Blakney and Suzan Akpinar produced one of my favorite pieces of the night, in part, by not demanding that I also eat it. Good job guys.
These high school kids actually had waiters offering the jello to visitors AND it was good. This comes from someone who doesn’t even like coffee.
By far the most disgusting jello mold of the night. I’m not entirely convinced the goose is made exclusively of jello, but the judges indicated it was. In any event, yuck.
A slow, painful look crept over the face of the eight-year-old in front of me as he bit into the jello hot dog. “Does it taste like hot dog?” I asked him. The boy nodded. That was enough for me, so I tried the potato salad/ jello banana mush. I lived.
What does one do with a jello mold bust of Obama?