ITEM: LOCAL PERFORMANCE ARTIST TOM MILLER SCORES 'IMPOSSIBLE-TO-GET' RESERVATIONS AT ONE OF THE TOP RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD, NOMA [Copenhagen, Denmark]. TURNS EVENT INTO A PERFORMANCE ART PIECE BY ASKING GAINESVILLE TO PAY FOR IT.
"All I'm asking, is that Gainesville friends and fans buy me a reasonable dinner in a small town for my 50th birthday," Miller said in a promotional YouTube video associated with a Fundrazr Account called, "Operation Copenhagen".
Miller says he wants to promote sustainable farm-to-plate cuisine that takes into account a 'sense of place' and a 'sense of the moment'. He says he's also exploring the question of why anyone would become enraged at the prospect of someone dining in one of the finest restaurants on the planet in exchange for simply asking for money. Local food critic Ken Peng was the first to contribute to Tom's campaign.
"People who have nothing to do with it see my friends say, 'I'd like to see you do this, here's five dollars', and then they get all bent out of shape. This idea that someone would get angry because someone they don't even know helped someone achieve a dream...well that's the reason this country is going down the tubes."
"I've performed and entertained mostly for free and often for charity or activism for thirty-five years in this town. And someone would be miffed because some friends want to buy me a reasonable dinner in a small town for my 50th birthday? Fuck 'em."
Of course 'reasonable' dinner is actually entirely unreasonable because it's at NOMA in Copenhagen, voted the best restaurant in the world for four years, with a ticket price of near five-hundred dollars for one person. And 'small town' would be Copenhagen, Denmark -recently voted the happiest place on earth according to 2013's World Happiness Report from the Earth Institute at New York's Columbia University- is a small town indeed. Tickets to Copenhagen start at about $1,200.
Just to score the reservation, Miller and a small team of equally passionate foodie artists spent well over two-hundred dollars calling the restaurant for over an hour on redial. After the reservations were set, Miller said, "Oh shit. Now I gotta' get someone to pay for this!"
According to Miller, in the first ten seconds of opening the lines for reservations (which must be placed three months in advance), "...you're competing with 20,000 people from around the world desperate to get into this place. It's a miracle we were actually able to make this happen. But now, the dream is alive and I believe in the dream! One of the dishes they serve has fish sperm."
Miller makes comparisons between what he does as an artist and what NOMA head chef, Rene Redzepi does in terms of their craft. He outlines these connections on his Performance Art Blog and explains more about his NOMA performance art piece here: http://millerworks.weebly.com/blog/tom-millers-latest-performance-art-piece-operation-copenhagen
Miller's appointment is September 29, 2015. He intends to raise five-thousand dollars to achieve "Operation Copenhagen". "What this performance art piece will demonstrate is that [he paraphrases Chef Redzepi here: 'If you see a vegetable as a rare piece of wagyu steak, you will treat it accordingly.' And what that means ultimately is that if we see each other as precious and valuable, we will begin to become what we wish to be, and the world will be a better place."
Asked to clarify, Miller added, "If we replaced 10% of our protein intake by eating bugs, our planet will survive just a bit longer before human beings are snuffed out and robots take over."
Tom Miller will be taking contributions and organizing fund-raising events over the next few weeks to achieve his goal. For questions, interviews, inquiries, please contact 352-222-xxxx or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOM MILLER EXPLAINS OPERATION COPENHAGEN ON YOUTUBE:
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